Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Of Proverbs 1

I want to look at the Book of Proverbs for a while - not sure how long.
I am interested to see how Psalms and Proverbs are related:

Psalms - written (mostly) by King David
Proverbs - written (mostly) by David's son, King Solomon

Psalms - takes the heart of man to God and focuses on praise to God
Proverbs - teaches the wisdom of God to man and focuses on living out our praise as righteous sons of God

Psalms  - is vertical to God
Proverbs - is horizontal about people

Psalms give Divine counsel
Proverbs give practical counsel

Psalms offer God's commands
Proverbs offer human opinions

Psalms help you to know God
Proverbs help you to know yourself and others

Psalms are prayers and songs inspired by God's presence
Proverbs are human opinions inspired by God's wisdom

Proverbs flow out of praise. When we praise, we hear God's heart and wisdom. Without praise, our knowledge will not be able to grow into wisdom - we will become legalistic.

Psalm 1 has 6 verses - they are closely related to the first 7 verses of Proverbs chapter 1:

Psalm 1:1-6
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also shall not wither;
and whatever he does shall not prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish. 

Proverbs 1:1-7
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, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion—
A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

• Both are written to teach a young man

• Both are written by men who went through serious moral failures and who came through by worshiping and walking in the fear of God

• Both are written by men who said their desires were "one thing." David's "one thing" desire was to dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Ps. 27:4) Solomon's "one thing" desire was that he would have wisdom (2Chron. 1:8-10)

• Both are foundations of wisdom

• Both give a contrast between the wise and the foolish; godly and ungodly living

• Both give warnings for unrighteousness and explain the blessings of righteous living

• Both carry a revelation that carries on throughout the Word of God: Psalm 1 begins with the word Blessed and ends with the word perish - this choice between blessing and perishing is the essence of the whole Gospel message; Proverbs 1:7 gives us the starting foundation of the whole Gospel: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

Book of Proverbs Part 2 HERE
7 more things from the Book of Proverbs HERE