Pathways Through Proverbs
August 1, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 1
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Following Scripture Verses
- The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
- To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
- To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
- 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:
- To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
- For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
- My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
- If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
- Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
- We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
- Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
- My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
- For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
- Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
- And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
- So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
- Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
- She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
- How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
- Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
- Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
- But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
- I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
- When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
- Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
- For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
- They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
- Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
- For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
- But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
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Last month we looked at the first part of this verse. We saw that in verses 20-22 Wisdom was crying out for men to turn from their simplicity. The promise was made in the first part of verse 23 that if a man would respond to the Lord's reproof, then God would fill Him with the Holy Spirit. There is a second promise contained in this verse also. This states that the Lord will make His words known to those who repent and follow Him.
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Paul tells us in the New Testament that the Word of God is impossible for the unsaved man to understand because It is spiritually discerned (I Cor. 2:14). A man who does not have the indwelling of the Spirit will not understand the truths that are contained in the Bible because God's Words are spirit (John 6:63). However, if we follow this through, it would seem that the carnal Christian would also have a difficult time understanding the Bible, not because he does not have the Spirit, but because he has quenched (I Thes. 5:19) and grieved the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). Thus, if a man wants to understand the Scriptures, and have the Lord make known His Words to him, he must be willing as a believer to respond to the Spirit's conviction by repenting of his sin and turning from it. When he does this he allows the Holy Spirit to do His work in his life, and part of that work is guiding the Christian into all truth (John 16:13), which is found in the Word of God (John 17:17).
Do you struggle to understand the Bible? Perhaps it is because you have not been obedient to those parts that you do understand. Do what you already know you should be doing, make changes when the Spirit convicts you, and you will find that the Lord will begin to open your understanding of the rest of Scripture.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery