The purpose of the book of Proverbs is lined out in chapter 1 verses 2-6. Proverbs is a “blueprint” on how to know God’s truth and live our life within it.
Questions from verse 7:
- Where does true knowledge start in our life?
- What makes someone a fool?
Proverbs 1:18 says, “But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives.” The judgment of the wicked is to allow them to reap the fruit of their own ways.
Go back to Proverbs 1:22 and look again at the attitudes that are expressed; they reveal why people are the way they are.
Proverbs 1:23 says, “Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.” Wisdom and knowledge come through His Word, but someone won’t really understand those words without God bringing revelation through His Spirit. The LORD promises to bring this revelation when one repents at His rebuke.
Proverbs shows us how we are seek God’s truth as someone looking for treasure. Proverbs 2:4-5 says, “If you seek her (wisdom, understanding, discernment) as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.”
When we do this, everything else we need or desire will come to us. Proverbs 3:16-17 says, “Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.” If we keep the main thing the main thing, everything else will take care of itself.
Proverbs 3:7 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes…” Whenever we “figure things out” without God, our pride keeps us from hearing His true wisdom.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan