Notes: October 17, 2008 – Proverbs 1-3

Solomon spoke three thousand proverbs (1 Kings 4:32).

The divinely inspired ones have been gathered into the book that we begin to study today.

Proverbs 1

  • Education is not the answer to the world’s woes. Knowing God is the foundation of all wisdom. There are many educated fools. (vs 1-7)
  • “My son” is addressed no fewer than 23 times in this book. What parent does not want his child to know God, to live right, to avoid hardship? (vs 8-19)
  • Wisdom is often personified throughout Proverbs. Here we find that no matter where we go, we are always beckoned to seek wisdom so that we might avoid temptation and sin. (vs 20-33)

Proverbs 2

  • Children rarely understand that parental rules based upon God’s Word are designed for the ultimate and eternal good of the child.
  • Walking in God’s way, we shall avoid evil men (vs 12-15) and evil women (vs 16-19).
  • Godly living is for society’s good also (vs 20-22).

Proverbs 3

  • Don’t ever ” let your conscience be your guide.” It’s far better to let God “direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Some see Proverbs 3:9-10 as a contract for prosperity. If it is, then Proverbs 3:11-12 is the fine print of the contract.
  • We marvel at life-long pursuits of health, wealth and fame. Solomon would have his son seek divine wisdom (vs 13-26).
  • How we live among men indicates how closely we live to God (vs 27-35).