Are you wise? What is wisdom? Part II

Posted by tom | Apr 13, 2012

Building on Are you wise? What is wisdom? we now have a series birthed by a Proverbs homework assignment for OT532 Historical & Poetic Books (Professor: David A. Dorsey. Evangelical Seminary). Why? Honestly, for the first time in my life I've found the Book of Proverbs hard to put down and I'd like to explore this further ;)

I think that in the past I brought too much of my natural/intuitive inclinations toward the lens of Job and Ecclesiastes to my reading of life, thereby making me impatient with the brevity of assertions/statements found in Proverbs. But this time I've been struck that there's good reason for the Solomonic package to include Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, not to mention the Song of Songs ;) Could it be that intimacy with Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly runs throughout? Let's begin with reading Proverbs 1-9 and wrestling with the question, "What do you perceive to be 5 of the author's most important themes or points in this section?"

  1. God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge (Prov 2:3-6).
  2. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Prov 1:7).
    1. Commentary: “[C]ommitment to the Lord is the appropriate starting point for the acquiring of wisdom. Fearing the Lord determines one’s progress in wisdom and is characterized by obedience” (Merrill, Eugene H.; Rooker, Mark F.; and Grisanti, Michael A. The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Publishing, 2011. 532). A summation of the central teaching of the book.
  3. Despite the temptations to do otherwise, stay on the right path, i.e., choose to accept the invitation to feast with the bold Lady Wisdom who brings life over the enticement of the paltry dinner of the dark figure of Lady Folly who in the end brings death. Fools despise wisdom, which is offered freely to all in the public square and the home, but the wise benefit from pursing the blessing of wisdom with discipline (Prov 1:7, 20 – 4:27; Chapter 7-9).
  4. As sinful men ambush themselves, avoid the temptation of engaging in their beguiling path to success. Sinful ways are foolish, leading to death (Prov 1:10-19, 2:12-15).
  5. Instruction to the son to avoid promiscuous women and adultery. Instead prepare to love and truly love one’s wife (Prov 2:16-19, Chapter 5, 6:20-35, Chapter 7).

Honestly, I found this a hard question to answer and I consider the above a "work in progress." Please feel free to share your insights on Proverbs 1-9.

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