Proverbs 1:2-7 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
In this episode I discuss the reason why the book was written and preserved for us, to whom the book was written, and the fact that apart from a Biblical view of God we have no basis for knowledge or wisdom. The Christian life is a God-centered life. If God is not central to your theology, then you know little to nothing of the fear of the Lord. Yet, when you see God clearly as He has revealed Himself in Scripture, you cannot help but to fear Him, live for Him, and love Him.
- Verse 2 begins the purpose or mission statement of the entire book of Proverbs [01:00]
- Who is the book of Proverbs addressed to? [01:29]
- Job 28:28 And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding. [02:28]
- Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. [02:44]
- Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! [02:53]
- Colossians 2:3 In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. [03:12]
- Apart from God, we have no basis for wisdom and knowledge. [05:59]
“If you remove God from the equation you have no basis for knowledge or wisdom or understanding. God is central.” [05:59]