Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Nine


The ninth chapter of Proverbs contrasts wisdom and folly.  Almost every time I read this chapter in the book of Proverbs, I am drawn to the tenth verse –

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NASB).

 

After giving us a descriptive allegory of wisdom in the preceding verses, the writer as he inspired by the Holy Spirit, provides us with this essential truth.  Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge begin with our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  The Holy One who made us and all things is the only One who knows all things as they are created to be.  His vision, His awareness, His intelligence spans completely across and through all of His creation.  Until we grasp this reality, we chase after a wisdom that may seem right in our context while being completely wrong in the broader sense of God’s grand story.

 

Consider for instance the subject of slavery.  In human thinking, at least here in the United States, slavery is evil, wicked, and bad.  We are prone to see only the evil associated with slavery from our view point.  Slavery is bad because of all the horrible things done to those enslaved by those who misused the power in their hands at the time.  The results are still causing serious issues in our country.  But what about the view from another perspective?

What if “masters” realized that they were accountable to God for their treatment of “slaves” and that they themselves were “slaves of God”?  What if instead of the horrible treatments and abuse that mar our history with ugliness and shame there were instead stories of kindness and love and mercy shown from masters to slaves?  What if history revealed that a “slave” taken from a land of darkness and danger had been given all the essentials of life (food, shelter, clothing, purpose, etc) and treated with loving compassion by their “master”?  Would our modern thinking be the same as it is today?

I am not suggesting at all that slavery as we have seen it and, to some extent, still know it to exist today, is good.  NO!  I am only trying to suggest that anything, even such a controversial thing as slavery, will be seen in a different light when we first come to know the Holy One who made us all in His image and His likeness.  Then we can see each other as He sees us – unique, special and of such worth that He gave His Son to die in our place. That world view would make a huge difference in every society.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NASB).

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~ by brotherfaron on October 9, 2016.

One Response to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Nine”

  1. I think it is interesting that wisdom and folly shout nearly the same words to us. They are both offering understanding and a straight path. But the thing folly offers is directly against God’s ways; stolen water and bread eaten in secret. These offer a quick cure, a physical satisfaction, an easier, non-confrontational approach. This should be our clue, that even though an opposing thought, idea, view, etc. sounds good in our estimation, we must look to the end result.

    Verse 18 tells us that the end of folly is death. James also takes us down a path that begins with temptation when we are carried away by our our desires. Next comes sin, and in its fullness, death. The writer of this chapter of Proverbs warns of the same result of choosing our own way.

    We stand at a crossroads; do we listen and enter the house of wisdom or do we give in to pleasures (ie. water, bread) that may satisfy temporarily, but that will ultimately result in a death of some kind?

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