The beginning of knowledge

Hello everyone. Our text is Prov. 1:1-7. Interestingly enough, the first six verses of this text are actually an introduction Solomon gives to his proverbs. He gives three verses of reasons for writing (keep in mind that he is writing by inspiration).:

  1. To know wisdom and instruction and to perceive words that cause understanding;
  2. To receive instruction about wisdom, justice, judgment and equity;
  3. To give caution to the simple and knowledge and discretion to the young man.

Solomon then makes a statement about what a wise person will do with his proverbial instruction:

· He will hear, increase his knowledge, listen to the wise counsel in order to understand the proverbs, their meaning and their application.

Solomon then begins his proverbs with one that has become known to all students of scripture, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Humility before God is the beginning of knowledge. As we are before God, we have no reason to do anything other than bow in abject humility and dependence at the foot of His throne. He is Creator. He is Savior. He is Judge. He is Guide. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent (Jer. 32:17, 27; Heb. 4:12-13; {Ps. 139:7-12). He alone is perfect in both love and justice. Before him the humble are raised up and the proud will cower in fear and foolishness. The righteous will fear, not the fear of hurt or punishment, but the awe like Job had when he was finally given an audience with God and was rendered virtually speechless from humility (Job 42:5-6).

When we realize that we rise before this the Savior and Judge of all the earth every day and walk before him in every thought and action, then my friend, – only then – will we want to know what He wants us to do. Then we will feel lost in our own choices (Jer. 10:23). We will be yearning for His guidance (Is. 55:8-9). We will be searching His book to know His mind. Fear of the Lord leads us to thirst after knowledge.

Do you have such an awe and respect of the Lord that it drives you each day to learn more of his word and will? Are we teaching our kids so?

Mike Glenn