Why The Book Of Proverbs?
Breaking from politics for the time being. Three or more like four decades ago there was a period of about ten years that I would read five (5) chapters of the Book of Proverbs every day before I would go to bed. That beside my regular Bible reading which consisted of about an hour each day to some times literally all day, depending on the situation. Lately I’ve gotten back into the habit of reading about five chapters of Proverbs every day. This morning I was reading from the first chapter and my thoughts about the book began to focus on the content and context of the scripture and the reason the book was written, which I will briefly summerize at the end of this post.
I’ve always felt that the 2nd chapter of Proverbs verses one through four lead to verse five. I know how that sounds. Let me explain. The first four verses in chapter two of Proverbs consists of things a person must do in order to obtain a certain goal which is defined in verse five. The goal is … (verse five) “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” (KJV)
The first four verses read:
1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and lifteth up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures …
The italics are mine for emphasis. if, hide, incline, apply, lifteth and searchest … Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
I find it interesting that only after a person does all those things that only then they actually understand what the fear of the Lord really is.
Also to find the knowledge of God requires doing those things. (receiving His word, hiding His commandments with thee, inclining one’s ear, applying one’s heart, etc.)
And that “knowledge of God” isn’t just realizing God exists. It’s something much deeper than that. I can step out of my home and see my neighborhood from my front lawn. It’s cool and I know my neighborhood pretty well. But if I climb onto the roof of my home, suddenly I see my neighborhood from a whole different perspective … things look much different and the higher I go the greater understanding I have of things I see every day. Gaining more knowledge in God allows us to understand His ways. That understanding grows as we “go higher” in Him and going higher requires the things in verses one through four.
Just look at what God accomplished through His wisdom, knowledge and understanding …
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
The Book of Proverbs is a book of cause and effect … consequences of actions … and instructions of how a person can live a life of confidence.
To find out why the book was written is in the first six verses of the first chapter …
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
Place the word are in front of verse two.
I love this book of the Bible and have read it through more times than I can count and I get more out of it each time.
Pardon my rambling friends. I hope I haven’t bored anyone; just had some stuff I wanted to share. Have a great Sunday evening!