Proverbs 3, God’s Buffet of Goodies

February 8, 2014

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Transformation Goals:
1. Know that the Bible is written in a really cool ways.
2. Develop a hunger for God’s Word.
3. Plan a way to obey.

Narratives: stories, poetry, Prose,
"Books of Wisdom" - the Wisdom Literature.
Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes.

Definition of a proverb
a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses
effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw.

Who wrote it?:
Solomon highly likely penned chapters 1 to 29.
Agur wrote chapter thirty.
King Lemuel wrote chapter thirty-one.

When was it written?
During his reign from 970 to 930 B.C.
When was it compiled? Compiled and edited from 715 to 686 b.c.
The role of Hezekiah's men (see 25:1)
Etymology: the history of a word.
From the Greek, "beside one another"

[Pro 3:1 ESV] My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,
[Pro 3:2 ESV] for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.

Keep God’s Word close and Conscience.
[Pro 3:3 ESV] Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
[Pro 3:4 ESV] So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Rule of Thumb: When the man disagrees with God. Man IS WRONG.
[Pro 3:5 ESV] Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
[Pro 3:6 ESV] In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

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[Pro 3:7 ESV] Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
[Pro 3:8 ESV] It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

What it looks like to Trust & Acknowledge God.
[Pro 3:9 ESV] Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
[Pro 3:10 ESV] then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Your Spiritual Training; push forward or wait for the boot.
[Pro 3:11 ESV] My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof,
[Pro 3:12 ESV] for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

If you belong to God through Jesus Christ. God delights in you.
God delights in watching you and helping you become mature.

[Phl 1:6 ESV] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Remember as a child the silly things we were afraid of?
Our parents would hide their giggles as we would scream in terror of the unknown and fear.
Having a splinter removed
Going into a dark room.
Getting a shot.

Wisdom Personified. Ladies: your BFF, Guys; Your 1st Girl Friend.

[Pro 3:13 ESV] Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,
[Pro 3:14 ESV] for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.
[Pro 3:15 ESV] She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

and nothing you desire can compare with her.

[Pro 3:16 ESV] Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

[Pro 3:17 ESV] Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Peace = shä•lōm'
completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
A. completeness (in number)
B. safety, soundness (in body)
C. welfare, health, prosperity
D. peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment

[Pro 3:18 ESV] She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

God used Wisdom the create the Universe.
Jehovah = "the existing One"
[Pro 3:19 ESV] The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;
[Pro 3:20 ESV] by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.

Food “chain”
Water “cycle”

[Pro 3:21 ESV] My son, do not lose sight of these-- keep sound wisdom and discretion,
[Pro 3:22 ESV] and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

Benefits; a double parallelism.
[Pro 3:23 ESV] Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.
[Pro 3:24 ESV] If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

[Pro 3:25 ESV] Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
[Pro 3:26 ESV] for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

Response: Be Good. Second half of the great commandment.
[Pro 3:27 ESV] Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
[Pro 3:28 ESV] Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it"--when you have it with you.
[Pro 3:29 ESV] Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.

[Pro 3:30 ESV] Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.
[Pro 3:31 ESV] Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,
[Pro 3:32 ESV] for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.

Contrasting Dualism
[Pro 3:33 ESV] The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
[Pro 3:34 ESV] Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
[Pro 3:35 ESV] The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

Become a Wisdom Hunter. 

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