Seek Wisdom’s Way Proverbs 1:1-19 HCSB March 02, 2014
Dr. Bergen Our Old Testament Professor at Hannibal-LaGrange University wrote the commentary for this quarters lessons. We in Missouri are fortunate to have such good men and women in our universities.
1. Seek Wisdom’s Way As A . . Goal To Wisdom. Prov. 1:1-6
A. Set A Goal To Seek Wisdom Through . . Instruction. 1:1-3
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel
2 For gaining wisdom and being instructed; for understanding insightful sayings;
3 for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
B. Set A Goal To Seek Wisdom Through . . Increasing In Learning and Understanding. 1:4-6
4 for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man—
5 a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance—
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles.
Do you know anyone who thinks they are very wise? Watch out for them unless they have been walking with the Lord and His Word for a long time. It is my opinion we never get to a place we cannot receive more instruction and we should set a goal to keep growing in our ability to receive instruction. I have had James 1:5 on my prayer list for about 40 years. I have had occasions when someone commented to me that what I said was very wise. I thanked those people and then said a silent prayer thank to the Lord for His grace of wisdom.
2. Seek Wisdom’s Way As A . . Guide To Wisdom. Prov. 1:7
A. Establish A Guide To Wisdom As You . . Fear The Lord. 1:7a
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; . . . “
B. Establish A Guide To Wisdom As You Avoid . . Fools and The Violent. 1:7b
“. . . fools despise wisdom and instruction. Avoid the Path of the Violent
Dr. Bergen says he thinks verse is verse is the key to understanding the Book of Proverbs.
That is hard to disagree with as the Fear of the Lord is a basic key to all of life. On one occasion the church I pastored put the first part of this verse on our outside sign. Some one was horrified that we would want people to be afraid of the Lord. I went to the Library just across from the church and looked at the unabridged dictionary. One of the definitions for fear
was; “a reverenital awe.” In today’s world there are many who have no reverence or fear of the Lord and it shows in the actions of the majority.
3. Seek Wisdom’s Way And Instruction As A . . Garland of Grace. Prov. 1:8-9
8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction, and don't reject your mother's teaching,
9 for they will be a garland of grace on your head and a gold chain around your neck.
4. Seek Wisdom’s Way; Away From Dishonest . . Gain. Prov. 1:10-19
10 My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded.
11 If they say—"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!
12 Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, still healthy as they go down to the Pit.
13 We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder.
14 Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share our money"—
15 my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path,
16 because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder.
17 It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it,
18 but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.
19 Such are the paths of all who pursue gain dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who profit from it.