Pathways Through Proverbs
January 8, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 8
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- Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
- She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
- She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
- Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
- O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
- Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
- For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
- All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
- They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
- Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
- For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
- I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
- The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
- Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
- By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
- By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
- I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
- Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
- My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
- I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
- That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
- The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
- I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
- When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
- Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
- While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
- When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
- When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
- When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
- Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
- Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
- Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
- Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
- Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
- For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
- But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
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This verse gives an explanation to a phenomenon that all spiritual believers have encountered: the Biblical ignorance of the unsaved and backslidden. It never ceases to amaze me how badly unsaved people can twist or misuse the Scriptures. They do not understand them, and regularly misinterpret them. Have you ever tried to discuss moral issues with an unsaved person and attempted to show them what the Bible says on the subject? If you have, then you have probably experienced this same thing. It has been my experience that carnal Christians often respond the same way. You can share the Bible with them, but they somehow wrest it in such a way as to come to a conclusion that is completely opposite to what God intended when He wrote it. You walk away from both scenarios with the same question: How can they not see this?
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This verse tells us that the wisdom of God (8:1) and the words of righteousness (8:8) are very plain to a man of understanding, and they are obviously correct to a man who has the knowledge of God. However, I Corinthians 2:14 teaches,
"the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned".
Unsaved people can not understand the Bible, and believers who are quenching the Spirit by not applying what they do know of the Scriptures will have great difficulty comprehending them as well. For the man who is saved and Spirit-led, the Word of God will be understandable and completely trustworthy. There will always be portions of Scripture that are "hard to be understood" (II Peter 3:16), but the spiritual man who is illuminated by the Holy Spirit will never look at the Bible as being beyond his comprehension.
Do you generally understand and always accept the Scriptures as you read them? Your answer will reveal much about your relationship with the Lord.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery