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Derek here from BOMsocks, back with another week of BOMbites, where we feast upon the words of Christ one bite at a time.
So I hope you enjoyed the last three weeks where we studied the Psalms. I grew to love the Psalms even more than I have in the past. I grew to love the Savior of your even more. So hopefully you were able to see that happen.
So we’re in the poetry section of the Old Testament. We just went through those psalms. Like I said, we are now getting into what is known as the Wisdom literature with the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. So we’re going to spend that time this week there. So Proverbs, one of the best things to do is to just go to the guide to the Scriptures, which if we can use the resources of the Scriptures to be able to help us learn it is awesome.
So you go to Proverbs in the Guide to the Scriptures and it says it is a brief moral saying or counsel. Proverbs is an Old Testament book that contains many parables. In fact, the word Proverb does translate out to parable sayings and poems, some of which were written by Solomon. Now let me back out a little bit and remind you about Solomon. As we had our three kings of united Israel, you had Saul, David and Solomon, each with great strengths and each with great weaknesses.
So when you get to Solomon, if you remember back in the book of first Kings, he asked the Lord, in fact the Lord comes to him and says, solomon, you’re going to be the king, what can I give to you? In fact, you go back to that first Kings, chapter three, verse five. It says, the Lord appeared on the Solomon in a dream by night. And God said, ask what I shall give thee. And he’s like, you’ve shown so much goodness to my father David.
I have no idea how to do this. Verse seven. I am but a little child. I know not how to go out or come in. Thy servant is in the midst of the people, this great people.
Verse nine. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people that I, Mary, discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this thy so great a people? So all Solomon wanted was an understanding heart to be able to choose and to be able to discern between good and bad. So you go to this next chapter one, kings, chapter four.
You go down to verse number 29. It says, and God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all of the children of the east country and all the wisdom of Egypt. The next verse, verse 31. He was wiser than all men, his fame was in All Nations Roundabout, verse 32, he spoke about 30 Proverbs and it talks about his songs were 1005.
We’re not going to get into the songs of Solomon, but we’re going to focus on his Proverbs or his wise sayings. So it says that chapters one through nine contain an explanation of true wisdom. In fact one of the things it does, it’s kind of unique. It actually refers to wisdom as a woman, which I don’t have any problems with that oftentimes the greatest wisdom out there is among our women. We’re going to talk more about that later on this week.
For example, you go back to Proverbs, chapter one, verse 20. It says wisdom crieth without she uttered her voice in the streets. You go over to chapter two, verse number four. If thou seest her meaning wisdom as silver and searches for her as for hidden treasures, you also go into chapters eight and nine and it refers to her this wisdom. And so wisdom is very much lady wisdom in this.
It also talks about the concept of a father speaking to a son. It’s almost like a father saying, son, listen to your mother, which there is a lot of wisdom there. So now you go back to the second part of the way Proverbs is broken up. It has chapters ten through 24 and they contain a collection of sayings about the right and the wrong ways of living. In fact, chapters 25 to 29 also contain some similar things there.
For example, you go to chapter ten and it’s often broken up into two sentence verses like you got this and then this, the right and the wrong. For example, for example, verse eleven, the mouth of a righteous man is a well of life but violence coverth the mouth of the wicked. Verse twelve, hatred stirth up stripes, but love coverth all sins. Verse 14, wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. So you kind of get that idea.
It’s very much a parallel and again that’s Hebrew poetry, it’s a parallel of right and wrong. So you see a lot of stuff through Proverbs about that. Then you get into the very end of Proverbs. We’re going to spend a day on this later on this week but it talks about Proverbs chapter 30 and 31, especially verse 31. You go to the third part where it says chapters 30 and 31 include a description of a virtuous woman and we’re going to be talking about that later on this week.
So you see the way the Proverbs are broken up. We’re going to spend some time looking at them this week and hopefully you become just a little bit more wise as you go through them and they’re awesome and I hope you love them. Thanks. We’re watching. Thanks for subscribing and thank you as always for sharing these messages.
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