Monday, March 01, 2010

The Purpose of Proverbs

If you've dropped in expecting to see the Daily Wisdom Project post, you may be disappointed. Unfortunately, that assignment is now completed for the Proverbs class, but you are certainly welcome and encouraged to keep at it.

As for here, there won't be a daily post corresponding to the Proverbs reading for the day, but I do plan to do many Proverbs and wisdom related posts. For now, I will go back to my random posts and links about all things related to the church, the leadership thereof, as well as items related to personal spiritual formations (or, "wisdom").

The Wisdom Project still goes on, but it is now back to the normal process to the right. In the meantime, you are certainly welcome to check in here with a comment or two along the way.

Nonetheless, the following quote from Professor Sid Buzzel (
Dallas Theological Seminary), in his introduction to Proverbs in the Bible Knowledge Commentary, serves as a good companion thought to the Proverbs 1 reading for today:

The Book of Proverbs is a book of moral and ethical teaching, dealing with many aspects of life. The teachings in this book guide its readers in how to lead wise godly lives and how to avoid the pitfalls of unwise, ungodly conduct. It has a broad timeless appeal because of its great variety of subjects and their relevance to everyday life. Proper and improper attitudes, conduct, and characteristics are referred to repeatedly and in succinct, penetrating ways. Proverbs is God’s book on “how to wise up and live.” It is His treasure book of wisdom. (The Bible Knowledge Commentary: OT, 901)
This serves as a proper reminder to the introduction of wisdom and the Proverbs in chapter 1:

The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their g riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

3 John 8
Bill H.

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