Proverbs 1:1 (KJB) The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
Proverbs 1:2 (KJB) To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
The Proverbs were written by Solomon, who was the son of King David. Solomon wrote three great works in the Bible. The first as a young man Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon. When Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon, he was describing the love affair that existed between himself and his one true love. The one true love was possibly the wife of his youth and the one person who captivated him when he was right with God. This book also describes what it is like or a picture of Jesus Christ and His bride the church.
When Solomon became a little older, this is when he wrote the Proverbs which was written to his son Rehoboam to prepare him to become King.
When Solomon was older, he was drawn away from the Lord and became involved in idol worship. Because of that, he became backslidden, and then before he died he came back to the Lord, and he wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes to show how empty life is if you’re not in the will of God. That’s why in the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is a dark cloud over it. The keyword in the Book of Ecclesiastes is vanity. Everything was vain, and that is because Solomon was describing what it was like when you received everything you wanted but have lost the Lord.
Proverbs 1:1 (KJB) “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;” Verse one tells us that Solomon wrote this book. Solomon was writing this book to his son and in the second verse, we see the context of the book. Proverbs 1:2 (KJB) “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” Solomon wanted to help his son get close to the Lord and stay there. Here is a couple of things that Solomon wanted his son to know.
- Proverbs 1:2 (KJB) “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” Notice the word know. What Solomon was saying is if you want wisdom you better get ready to work at it. Wisdom does not come naturally if you want wisdom you’re going to have to work at it. Wisdom is nothing more or less than the mind of Christ and just because we want it doesn’t mean God is going to give it to us. We will never find out the will of God if we never read the Bible. God does not bless laziness He blesses hard work.
- Proverbs 1:2 (KJB) “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;” The word perceive is talking about spiritual discernment. To perceive the words of understanding or to spiritually discern the mind of Christ means that our opinion doesn’t mean a thing. We need to forget what we know and be willing to learn from God’s Word.
- Proverbs 1:3 (KJB) “To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;” The reason why we have so many fools running around is that they are not willing to receive, they are not prepared to accept the truth. If you try to show a fool what the Bible says they will just shove it aside because they don’t care. If the Bible is Wisdom someone who is willing to push it aside is a fool. Not Philosophy about the Bible, but reading the Bible is where you will find wisdom. Why read books about the Bible when we have God’s Word?
In verses, 4-5 Solomon is going to show us three kinds of people that will benefit from what he is going to tell us in this book. Proverbs 1:4-5 (KJB) “To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”
- The first person who will benefit is a simple person. Simple means seducible. Some people are led into sin because they don’t know any better. The simple person is not hard-hearted, but they are thick-headed.
- The young person or specifically the young person or the teenager and is pointing to somebody who is teachable.
- The wise person is the person who has a desire in their heart to do something for the Lord. They want to do right.
The Book of Proverbs was either written to you or about you.
You’re either simple, teachable, wise, or you’re a rebel and a fool. It is written to the people who want help and about the individuals who can hurt you.
Before revealing all of the truths that Solomon is going to share with us, he gives us the key that unlocks the Book of Proverbs. The key is called the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 (KJB) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Those who fear the Lord want to know more about Him. Contrary to this is a fool because they despise wisdom and understanding. Understanding will not come to the person who is not wanting their life changed.
Wisdom is not something you are born with it is something you have to work hard to obtain. Proverbs 1:8 (KJB) “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” The father and the mother are the guardians of the wise. The father and the mother have separate roles in the home regarding guarding wisdom. The father is supposed to create the rules of the home. The mother is to enforce the rules of the home. Here are two reasons why kids raised in Christian homes never reach their potential.
- There are no rules or not enough rules. A lack of rules means that dad has not done his job. A rule is like a cast that you put on a broken arm. The reason why you put a cast on a broken arm is not to make the kid mad but to make the bone mend properly. A rule in a home is nothing more than a rigid guideline that forces a person to behave in such a fashion for a length of time that when the rule comes off, there is proper healing and good strength that the wise will start living under their rules. Without enough rules or the rules actively enforced, you’re going to have unruly children, and they will grow up to be spiritually crippled because they have not had that cast on in the home. Fathers need to be diligent in creating the proper rules in the home.
- The rules are not actively enforced with consistency by the mothers. Mothers must consistently enforce the rules in their homes. If there are not enough rules or they are not applied consistently then the kids will grow up, but the cast has been to loose.
In homes where one of the parents is not doing the job, they are supposed to be doing than the other parent must be willing to step up and do both parts until the other parent is willing to do their part. Don’t give up because one parent is not doing their job because they are not saved or whatever the reason. God just might step in supernaturally and do a miracle.
The tears of wisdom are Jesus Christ crying out trying to help us to find out how to find wisdom.
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