Proverbs 3:1-4 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
This opening passage of Proverbs 3 is another heartfelt call from father to son to treasure up God’s wisdom and commandments in his heart. This is a call to you and me today. We hide God’s Word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). This isn’t something that happens overnight but is a willful pursuit and aim. We should always be growing in favor with both God and man.
- What is the meaning of the word “forget” in verse 1? [01:10]
- Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” [01:52]
- There will never be an lovingly instructed son or daughter who can stand before the judgment seat of Christ and claim ignorance. [02:38]
- Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. [03:19]
- Jesus Christ is the best example of one who embraced His parent’s teaching [03:34]
- The pattern of receiving instruction and hiding it in the heart that we see in the early life of Jesus is to be imitated by all Christians [04:19]
- Questions to help apply the text [04:34]
“This is a remarkable call to all who hear God’s wisdom to embrace it, not to willfully forget it or reject it or to set it aside as though there’s some better option available.” [02:10]