The Beginning of Knowledge

September 20, 2016 | No Comments

Proverbs 1:2-7 NLT “Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

As you have just read the book of proverbs purpose statement it indicates the desire to ascertain and impart wisdom.  It’s unifying theme is “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.  The word fear used in this passage means: reverence, awe, an object of respect.  This reference and awe is the principal part of knowledge.

Wisdom is explained through diversity of examples, as follows: Wisdom is the ability to judge and act according to God’s directives is the most valuable of assets.  Wisdom is available to anyone.  Wisdom originates in God, not self, and comes by attention to instructions.  Wisdom and righteousness go together. It is good to be wise, and it is wise to be good.

The wisdom contained in the book of Proverbs is as meaningful today as in the day it was written.  This is not a how to succeed handbook in the worldly sense. It tells how to order our values, which leads to character, which leads to wholeness, which leads to satisfaction.  It also warns us of the pitfalls along the way as we live, and declares folly of not developing the fear of the Lord.

Since my excellence of the free give of salvation have read this book as a daily devotion, one for each day of the month.  I have found that this book contains so much that it’s worth daily meditation and is relevant for us today and any era.

 

Blessings

Pastor Robert

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