Wisdom Calls Out

In Your Bible: Proverbs 8

In Chapter 8 Solomon presents a powerful and thought provoking theme which seems difficult to understand. The pronouns “I” or “me” (used 25 times in this chapter alone) reveal that Wisdom is Jesus Christ calling to mankind. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

I, Wisdom

Jesus, through Solomon, pleads for his reader to choose his instruction, the only right choice for man! The world shows us to go after wealth and success. We need God’s instruction, aka Wisdom/Jesus, to make the best choices in life.

Choose my instruction rather than silver,
    and knowledge rather than pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
    Nothing you desire can compare with it.

I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
    I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
    Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
    corruption and perverse speech.
Common sense and success belong to me.
    Insight and strength are min (Proverbs 8:10-14 NLT).

Find Me

God declares through Solomon how our relationship with the ruler of the universe is to be. It’s made specific in verse 17 –  I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. To me this says, God wants all of mankind to know and love him, for he offers us everything!

Because of me, kings reign,
    and rulers make just decrees.
Rulers lead with my help,
    and nobles make righteous judgements.

17 I love all who love me.
    Those who search will surely find me.
I have riches and honor,
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
    my wages better than sterling silver!
I walk in righteousness,
    in paths of justice.
Those who love me inherit wealth.
    I will fill their treasuries (Proverbs 8: 15-21 NLT).

Here the personification of wisdom, the parallels and analogies made to Jesus are powerful. * Now, praise the Father for his provision, Jesus Christ. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

Prayer: Father, I believe in and trust you. Help me understand yur instructions throughout the Bible. I answer your call. Selah.

* Chuck Smith, Proverbs 8, Blueletterbible.com.

Like Father – Like Son

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6:20-23; Psalms119:105-109.

The teaching of Solomon and his father, David, give strong, and wise advice on how to prepare for life. The similarities of these two passages in Proverbs 6 and Psalms 119 are inescapable. Pay attention to wise counsel and live God’s way.

Family Instruction

In Proverbs 6, Solomon affirms the need to pay heed to your parents’ godly instruction. To the extent or example of binding them on your heart. This instruction leads to knowing what proper behavior is.

My son, obey your father’s commands,
and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
Keep their words always in your heart.
Tie them around your neck.
When you walk,
their counsel will lead you.
When you sleep, they will protect you.
When you wake up, they will advise you.
For their command is a lamp
and their instruction a light;
their corrective discipline
is the way to life (Proverbs 6:20-23 NLT).

We see the importance parents have to give advice and instructions properly. Children need to honor their parents. Therefore, by not following the instruction it’s understood that discipline will follow.

God’s Instruction

Also, notice similar wording in Psalm 119:105-109. David praises God for His Law, ordinances, and precepts that guide him.

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.
I’ve promised it once,
and I’ll promise it again:
I will obey your righteous regulations.
I have suffered much, O Lord;
restore my life again as you promised.
Lord, accept my offering of praise,
and teach me your regulations.
My life constantly hangs in the balance,
but I will not stop obeying your instructions
(Psalm 119:105-109 NLT).

As we read the words (in Proverbs 6) by Solomon, we can hear what his father David says (in Psalm 119). People must heed instruction and live uprightly. Pay attention to wise counsel and live God’s way.

Prayer: Father, how awesome is your Word, your counsel and your Love. I embrace all you have for me. Selah.

Things God Hates – Part 4

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6:19

There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:

Haughty eyes,

A lying tongue,

Hands that kill the innocent,

A heart that plots evil,

Feet that race to do wrong,

A false witness who pours out lies,

A person who sows discord in a family

(Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)

The last two things in this list (bold) of what the Lord Hates may seem to repeat previous ones, but they really don’t. Perhaps they are mentioned last because they are so important. All of these seven things God hates reveal Solomon understands the mind of God—how to act and speak.

False Witness

A false witness breaks the ninth of the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:16). Like a perjurer in a court setting, a false witness literally breathes out lies. * Lying in its more general sense has been already mentioned in Proverbs 6:17.

Discord

The derogatory effects caused by one who sows discord (among brethren or family) is the seventh of things God hates. Solomon emphasizes that disharmony is contrary to God’s design. God hates disturbance of peace in the family, village, town, or city. Ponder that.

All of these seven things God hates reveal Solomon understands the mind of God—how to act and speak.

Prayer: Father, I get it, help me live it daily.

* Commentary by John Gill, Proverbs 6:19, biblehub.com

Things the Lord Hates – Part 3

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6:18

Solomon’s words are sometimes straightforward and maybe even blunt. The problem is not with the speaker (Solomon) but us when we don’t understand what God is saying. It takes time to absorb this list of what God hates. Take all the time necessary. God is not playing games with man, but pointing out traps to avoid in life.

The Heart

The heart is the core of emotion, compassion and temperament. Likewise, it can be the home of plans fabricated by Satan. Evil thoughts originating in the heart are exactly what God hates. The Lord sees Satan’s schemes before we do!

We may read the key verse — A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil (Proverbs 6:18 NKJV) — and not understand that it’s part of the list of things God hates. God is not only a God of love, he’s the righteous judge of man’s actions, we are not.

The Feet

One Bible commentator and renowned teacher vividly shows how the heart blazes the trail that the feet will follow. * That’s how God sees man’s nature to commit all kinds of sin.

The apostle Paul tells believers this – put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming (Colossians 3:5,6 NLT).

Paul definitely has a lot to say about man’s sinful nature and our desire for ungodly things of life.  God is not playing games with man, but pointing out traps to avoid in life.

Prayer: Father, as I ponder this list, I see your guidance for me as your child. I need your help to keep on track and live a righteous life for you.

* J. Vernon McGee, Proverbs 6:16-23, biblehub.com.

Things the Lord Hates – Part 2

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6: 17, (NASB)

 

Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood

Solomon continues from haughty eyes to more things God hates and puts his finger on lying and shedding innocent blood. The Lord sees our thoughts as well as our intentions, hears our speech, and views our actions. There’s no hiding anything from Him. Thank you Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in You.

The Tongue

A lying tongue is speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly. It is with an intent to deceive, to hurt the character of a neighbor, or even to flatter a friend. Ion in us. Yes, lying is detestable to God and must be as detestable to us. *

The Hands

Detestable are the hands that shed innocent blood or commit murder. Mosaic law (see Deuteronomy 19:8-10) described how to protect the innocent (the apparent murderer and the victim). The Lord knows the intentions of the heart (see Hebrews 4:12).

It’s a daily challenge to speak the truth in love and not to even utter a “white lie.” But we must avoid missing the mark with God. We must not lie. Until we are face-to-face with Jesus, we will continue to struggle with this issue. Thank You Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in you.

Prayer: Father, help me keep from missing the mark when I speak. I love your grace so freely given. I praise you for standing beside me all time. You are amazing indeed.

*John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Proverbs 6, biblehub.com.

Things the Lord Hates

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6: 16-19

In the middle of Proverbs Chapter 6, Solomon states common but offensive character traits that we must be aware of in our lives. Again, we look at pride, the first of a list of seven sins which Solomon vividly says God hates. We must guard against doing anything that is detestable in God’s sight.

Read and Heed

Solomon uses specific parts of the body to reveal the impact of how the eyes, hands, heart, feet, and especially tongue or speech reveal character that is not what God wants us to show others. Here is the entire passage:

There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:

Haughty eyes,

A lying tongue,

Hands that kill the innocent,

A heart that plots evil,

Feet that race to do wrong,

A false witness who pours out lies,

A person who sows discord in a family
(Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)

Pride in Us

In the following blogs, we will examine more sins God hates/detests. Here, the wording haughty eyes, implies pride, an attitude that uplifts ourselves and downplays the value of others. Even worse, pride inhibits our ability to receive grace, until we acknowledge our weakness and seek God’s grace. *

Pride is a stumbling block for believers. Whether subtle or blatantly obvious, when pride shows its ugly head, God is not pleased. We must guard against doing anything that is detestable in God’s sight.

Prayer: Father, thank you for revealing what most displeases you. With your help and the Holy Spirit, I will seek your face and humble myself daily. Selah.

*Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers, Proverbs 6 at biblehub.com

God’s Wisdom

In Your Bible: Proverbs 4:4-6

Solomon tells believers to understand the importance of God’s Wisdom. Notably, wisdom is mentioned 352 times in the Bible (in Proverbs 97 times, Ecclesiastes 35 times, and none in Song of Solomon). Over one third were written by Solomon! We must get God’s wisdom and understanding from the Word and the Holy Spirit.

Acquire Wisdom

Solomon repeatedly mentions what his father, David, taught him:

  • His sayings, the words of his mouth
  • All the lessons he taught
  • Many of the psalms were instructions, called Maschils * in Hebrew

Then he [David]taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
 Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you” (Proverbs 4:4-6 NASB).

Get Understanding Too

As Solomon was taught by King David, believers must also be taught to:

  • Receive these teachings to gain wisdom
  • Hold fast and do not let go of them
  • Obey them to increase the knowledge God gives us

Absorb this instruction for advice and correction. Welcome it. A soul without true wisdom and the saving belief in Jesus Christ falls short. Let us heed the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. We must get God’s wisdom and understanding from the Word and the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Father, you have given us the words of life and words of wisdom, help me hold fast to them and be an implement useful to you. Selah.

* Commentary by Matthew Henry, Proverbs 4: 4-9 at biblehub.com,