“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/The Book of Proverbs and Prologue: Purpose and Theme

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Why read the Book of Proverbs?  Giving advice is big business.  From daytime talk shows to advice columns and self-help books, our culture is glutted with knowledge–but often starved for Wisdom.  One reason is the complexity of life, we need practical counsel that is also Spiritual.  Proverbs offers this Spiritual Depth to issues ranging from managing money to the dangers of adultery to learning how to identify true friends.  Here you can find Wisdom that works and insights that won’t wear out.  Who wrote this book?  Solomon, the wisest king to rule Israel, wrote much of it.  Agur, son of Jakeh, and Lemuel (probably a non-Israelite king) are also contributors.  To whom was it written?  The people of Israel, particularly young people just starting out on life’s journey.  * I think it’s good for the older generation too.  When was it written?  Solomon reigned during the 10th century B.C., but many of the proverbs were not compiled and edited until several centuries later–around 700 B.C.  Why was it written?  To show how godly Wisdom merges with real life (1:2-6).  What is a proverb?  A proverb:  sometimes called a “maxim,” (a clearly expressed truth in a few words) is a truth condensed into a few words and stated in a memorable fashion which has application to a variety of situations in life.  What to look for in Proverbs:  Watch for contrasting issues such as foolishness and wisdom, laziness and diligence, adultery and faithfulness, and true and false friendships.  Also look for principles of building strong marriages, parenting and relationships on the job.  Pay close attention to the differing outcomes of those who follow God’s Wisdom and those who don’t.  Quest Study Bible.

“Prologue:  Purpose and Theme”, Proverbs 1:1) 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 (fairness);   4) To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion (or advisement).  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 (or an eloquent speech).  7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction (or the principal part). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, The lessons here given are plain, and likely to benefit those who feel their own ignorance, and their need to be taught.  If young people take heed to their ways, according to Solomon’s Proverbs, they will gain knowledge and discretion.  Solomon speaks of the most important points of truth, and a greater than Solomon is here.  Christ speaks by His Word and by His Spirit.  Christ is the Word and the Wisdom of God, and He is made to us Wisdom.  Fools are persons who have no true wisdom, who follow their own devices, without regard to reason, or reverence for God.  

*) This person’s opinion.  

More to come and God Bless You. 

 

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