Friday, May 22, 2015

Why Wisdom (Proverbs 1-2)

Scripture: Proverb 1.1-2.22
Translation: Proverbs 1.1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel.
2For knowing wisdom and discipline/correction,
for understanding the sayings of understanding,
3for getting correction from the wise teacher of righteousness, justice, and fairness
4for giving foresight to the naive, knowledge and planning to the young man
5The wise person listens and gets more wisdom; and the person who understands will buy advice.
6For understanding a proverb and a parable, the words of wise people and their riddles.
7The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; fools hate wisdom and correction.

8Pay attention, my son, to your father’s correction. And don’t abandon your mother’s instruction.
9Because they will be a crown of grace on your head and necklaces for your neck!
10My son, if sinful people pressure you, don’t go.
11If they say, “Come with us. Let’s wait in ambush for blood. Let’s just lurk around for an innocent person for no reason! 12We can swallow them alive like the Grave, and forever and ever like people who go into the Pit. 13We’ll find all their expensive stuff and we will fill our houses with loot. 14Your fate will fall in with us: there will be one bank account for all of us!”
15My son, don’t walk on the road with them. Don’t take even one step on their path.
16Because their feet rush towards evil, and they are in a hurry to murder.
17because there’s no reason for the net to be spread out in the eyes of any bird [lit. master of wings].
18But they are hiding in ambush for their own blood; they are lurking for their own lives!
19This is what happens to everyone who profits from violence: the blood money will take the life of its owner.

20Wisdom is shouting in the street, in the noisy places, she is giving her call.
21At the top of the high places, she is calling out. In the openings of the gates in the city she is speaking her message.
22How long will you naive people love naiveté! And how long will mockers enjoy mocking! And idiots hate knowledge!
23You turn against my rebuke. Look, I am pouring out my heart to you; I’m telling you my words,
24Because I called out and you ignored me. I stretched out my hand, but there was no one who paid attention.
25And you abandoned all my advice; and you didn’t want my rebuke.
26Moreover, I laughed at your trouble! I made fun when your terror came,
27when your terror came like devastating storm, and your trouble arrived like a gusting wind, when disaster and stress came!
28Then you called for me, but I didn’t answer. You looked hard for me, but you didn’t find me.
29It is because they hated knowledge, and they didn’t choose the fear of Yahweh!
30They didn’t want my advice; they rejected my every rebuke!
31And so they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will get stuffed full on their own plans!
32because the running away of naive people will kill them, and relaxed attitude of idiots will destroy them.
33So the person who pays attention to me will live in safety, and will relax despite the terror of evil.

2.1My son, if you take my message and treasure my commands for yourself, 2by focusing your ear on wisdom, if you turn your heart to understanding, 3indeed if you call out to understanding, if you give your voice for understanding, 4if you look for it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,
5Then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and you will find knowledge of God. 6You see, Yahweh gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7And He stores up success for moral people, He is a Shield for those who walk with integrity. 8In order protect the paths of justice, and He protects the way of those faithful to Him.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice, and people who act morally, everyone who does good, 10because wisdom will go into your heart, and knowledge will be enjoyable for your life. 11Planning will watch over you; understanding will protect you. 12To rescue you from an evil path, from a man who speaks despicable things. 13Those abandoning paths of rightness to walk on paths of darkness. 14Those who enjoy doing evil will celebrate despicable things of evil, 15whose paths are twisted and who are warped in their lifestyle. 16To rescue you from the out-of-bounds woman, from the off-limits woman, who flatters with her speech. 17The woman who abandons the partner of her youth and destroys the covenant of her God. 18You see, her house sinks down to death, her lifestyle sinks down to ghosts. 19All those who goes to her will not make it back, and they will not reach the paths of life. 20Therefore, you should walk on the paths of good people, and you should stay on the paths of righteous people, 21because upright people will live in the land, and people with integrity will stay in it. 22They will cut evil people off from the land, and they will tear out faithless people from it.

1.      Structure
a.       Intro: the usefulness of the book of Proverbs: wisdom (1.1-7)
b.      A father’s warning against peer-pressure and blood-money (1.8-19)
c.       Wisdom’s bitter indictment of fools and invitation to the wise (1.20-33)
d.      How and why to get wisdom (2.1-22)
                                                              i.      Seek wisdom (2.1-4)
                                                            ii.      Wisdom comes from God (2.5-8)
                                                          iii.      Wisdom protects (2.9-22)
1.      From evil ways and people (2.9-15)
2.      From adultery and seduction (2.16-19)
                                                          iv.      Stay with the wise and be blessed or face being cursed (2.20-22)
2.      Themes
a.       The fear of Yahweh
b.      Wisdom
c.       Knowledge
d.      Planning
e.       Understanding
f.       Consequences
g.      Death/destruction
h.      Blessing/life
i.        Morality/goodness/righteousness/justice/fairness
3.      Doctrines
a.       Wisdom comes from Yahweh
b.      Wisdoms begins with fearing Yahweh
c.       There is judgment for sin

1.      Outline
a.       Why to Get Wisdom
                                                              i.      For protection
1.      From death and destruction
2.      From bad choices
3.      From sin
a.       Murder
b.      Theft
c.       Adultery
4.      From a warped perspective
5.      From the wrath of God
6.      From the wrath of people
                                                            ii.      For success
1.      Success in life in general
2.      Success in your relationship with God
3.      Success in planning
4.      Success in your moral life
5.      Success in marriage
                                                          iii.      For a better relationship with God
1.      Knowing Him better
2.      Understanding His ways better
3.      Living for Him better
                                                          iv.      For blessing from God
b.      Where to Get Wisdom
                                                              i.      From God
                                                            ii.      From wise people
c.       What is Wisdom
                                                              i.      Wisdom starts with the Fear of Yahweh
1.      Because you need to know Who you are serving
2.      Because you need to know who you are
3.      Because you need to know there will be consequences
4.      Because you need to know there can be blessings
                                                            ii.      Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do and then doing it at the right time, understanding both why it is the right thing and when is the right time
1.      Wisdom is often similar to Common sense
a.       Wisdom involves having knowledge
b.      Wisdom involves using knowledge
2.      Wisdom knows and understands the difference between good and evil
3.      Wisdom sees the impact of the present on the future
a.       Planning
b.      The consequences of actions
4.      Wisdom is listening to Advice when you don’t know or understand why something is the right thing to do or why a certain time is the right time
2.      Discussion Questions
a.       Do you have a funny story about not using wisdom? What happened?
b.      If you had to explain or define wisdom for someone how would you do it?
c.       What are some practical reasons you can think of for getting wisdom?
d.      Where are some good sources of wisdom? How will you know if it is a good source?
e.       Why do you think real wisdom starts with the fear of Yahweh?
f.       What are some areas in your life where you feel like you need more wisdom or advice? Why?

g.      How can you act more wisely this week? Name one specific thing.

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