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Proverbs: Walking in Wisdom

Oct 20, 2019 | Randy Gunter

The Beginning of Knowledge

The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— 5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.(Proverbs 1:1-7 ESV)

The Book of Proverbs, like all others in the Bible, points to Jesus and calls to the reader to know Jesus, to walk with him, and to be in a relationship with him.

Linking Genesis to Proverbs

Genesis 1:24-31

God created us, placed us in his creation, and gave us the power and authority by his declaration to be productive from that which he created and sustains. Our ability to live and to accomplish is based on the word of God and our obedience to it.

Genesis 2:15-17

God purposefully commanded Adam to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because he was teaching humanity to depend on him for knowledge. Determining what is good and what is evil is by the authority of the Creator, not the creation.

Genesis 3:1-6

Eve listened to the voice of the serpent, and she determined for herself that eating of the tree was good. Adam, too, decided that eating the forbidden fruit was good. They were seeking wisdom apart from God, which is what Proverbs calls foolishness.

Taking of the prohibited tree seemed right to Eve and to Adam, but it was foolish; and foolishness, according to Genesis and Proverbs, always ends in death.

32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. 34Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, 36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”(Proverbs 8:32-36 ESV)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12 ESV)

The Genesis to Proverbs Narrative:

When Adam and Eve determined that having wisdom apart from God was more appealing than obeying the wisdom of God and that being like God was more attractive than submitting to him, they acted foolishly in sin. 

God pronounced judgment on the serpent, creation, and humankind. However, he pledged an offspring of woman who would strike a death blow to the serpent, would break the curse of sin, and be the means of redemption to humanity.


Passover & Exodus

The Law & the fear of the Lord

Davidic Covenant

1 Kings 2:2-4

1 Kings 3:5, 6-9, 10-14

The Book of Proverbs instructs the reader to pursue a relationship with wisdom, know it, and walk with it.  Wisdom is a Person; it is Jesus. Folly is Satan. 

When we lack wisdom in any area of our lives, then we lack Jesus there. We have chosen what is right in our own eyes rather than to hear and heed the instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs says, “Walk in the way of Wisdom.” Jesus calls, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Proverbs shares wisdom. The Apostle Paul shares, “Christ became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).

Series Information

The Book of Proverbs, like all others in the Bible, points to Jesus and calls to the reader to know Jesus, to walk with him, and to be in a relationship with him.

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