Wednesday, October 2, 2013

“SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 9:10”

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

A Grand Comparison: The Companions Of Wisdom: Prov 9:10
10) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.

In our text for this morning we find the beginning of another “split” comparison.  Solomon gives us a listing of the companions of wisdom here in verse 10.  Later he will follow up with a listing of the companions of foolishness down in verse 18. 
(If you remember, he did another “split comparison” when he told us that wisdom was always prepared to help others in verses 1-3, while he will later explain that foolishness will harm others in vs 13-17)

10) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.
In this proverb, Solomon will be explaining to us that there are three things that naturally are possessed by those who are wise.  For the purposes of this devotion, these three things will be described as the “companions” of wisdom, in other words, they are attributes that go hand in hand with the attribute of wisdom….

1.  The fear of the Lord – To fear the Lord is to recognize the Lord’s greatness.  This will lead us to two basic truths…
First, His greatness demands our submission to His will and ways… turning from our responsibilities will result in His just chastening for our rebellious attitudes and actions.   
Secondly, His greatness will lead us to understand His ability and our inability, His strength and our weakness, His supplies and our constant need of Him.  Our reliance upon the Lord dictates that we show Him the respect, honor and glory that He deserves.  He is our everything and, truly, without Him we can do nothing.
Why is this described as the “beginning of wisdom”.  Without the proper fear of the Lord we will not be properly motivated to keep His Word, live for Him and glorify Him in everything that we do.

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.   (Psalms 111:10)

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.   For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.  (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

2.  The knowledge of the Holy – To have knowledge of the Holy is to experience the Lord’s person and work in our being….
This is speaking of the experience of salvation and the resultant blessings of the Lord in the lives of His people.  When the promises of the Word are experienced, the power and benefits of the Word begin to be understood.  This also is a great aid to seeing the need to live life according to the dictates of the Word.   
These experiences that make the Word come alive in our lives results in the third attribute that goes hand in hand with wisdom…

3.  Understanding –  the recognition of the true nature of God, and the many promises of His Word.

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.   (1 John 5:20)
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
(Ephesians 1:17-23)


The three great companions of wisdom… the fear of the Lord, the knowledge of the Holy and understanding … are all necessary for wisdom (the proper application of God’s Word to the life).  
Let us all strive to recognize His greatness, humbly seek His intervention which will work salvation in our heart, and recognize the true nature of that which is around us.  In doing so, we will be enabled to receive,  believe and apply the Word of God to our lives.

These great companions of wisdom are in direct comparison to the two companions of foolishness… he that knows not the dead, the guests that are in hell (vs 18).  We will look at those in detail in a following devotion.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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