Lesson Notes Proverbs 1

“The Wealth of Wisdom”

March 2, 2014 Darryl J. Dawson, Sr.

Proverbs Chapter 1 The Wealth of Wisdom
Intro.: Although you can win more money on the “Wheel of Fortune” game show, you get a lot more respect for winning on “Jeopardy”. Consider the game show “21” which was discovered to have given contestant on the show the answers in advance by the show’s producers. It turns out that these contest were not as “wise” as thought to be. This was not the case with Solomon. He was truly the wisest man to ever live. Read: Proverbs chapter 1 Background:  The book of Proverbs was written (primarily) by Solomon. (Proverb 30 written by Agur)  Of the 3000 that he wrote only 375 are in this book. (1st Kings 4:32)  It is believed to be the second of his writings (Song of Solomon, Proverbs, Eccles.)  Unlike the book of Eccles., Proverbs was most likely written at the height/peak of Solomon’s kingship.  The theme of book centers around the subject of “wisdom”  Solomon got his wisdom from God o See- 1st Kings 3:3-12 o Among the many blessings of God for Solomon was the gift of a “wise and discerning heart” What is a Proverb:  It’s a pithy/brief statement that seeks to state a general (not absolute) truth; it is usually rich in meaning, practical and gives advice that is useful in the real world. Proverbs are derived from astute observations about how life usually works.  Proverbs are a part of Hebrew poetry and comprise approx. 5 different types of poetry: o Synonymous Parallelism – The second line restates the first line slightly different. Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (NIV) o Antithetical Parallelism - The second line expresses the though negatively. Proverbs 22:3 “The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.” (NASV) o Climatic Parallelism – In this case the second line completes the thought of the first line. Proverbs 22:2 “The rich and poor have this in common: The LORD made them both.” (NLT) o Comparative Parallelism – These proverbs are based upon a comparison of two parallel lines. Proverbs 16:8 “Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.” (NLT)
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What is wisdom:  Dawson definition of wisdom is the application of God’s Word o Knowledge being the acquisition of God’s Word  The Hebrew word for wisdom (hokma) has several meanings; o It means to have a technical skill, aptitude, or ability (Exodus 31)  The word also means “superior mental ability”; “intellectual brilliance”; and vast knowledge.  It can also mean “experience”, or “good common sense”. The idea i s the application of the powers of human reason to the issues of life. Summary: Wisdom is basically the very practical art of being prudent, sensible, and skillfully insightful so that one might prosper and have good success in life. Wisdom results in disciplined and proper behavior which is learning how to do what is right, just and fair. Ultimately wisdom results in the ability to steer through life in a way that wins favor and a good name in the sight of both humanity and God. (Proverbs 3:4) Why would a person want wisdom?  The idea of wisdom stems from the need of people to cope with the reality of human existence for sheer survival.  The desire to gain mastery over life through the power of reason.  To share this accumulated wealth of knowledge of observation and experience with future generations. Where does wisdom come from?  Wisdom originates from God – Proverbs 8:22  Wisdom is personified in Proverbs and acts as God’s dynamic Word! In the New Testament Jesus becomes the Wisdom and Word of God. Proverbs1:1-2  These verses explain the purpose pf the Book of Proverbs; o To know wisdom o Instruction (discipline) - carries with it the idea of warnings about the consequences of errant behavior o Understanding – involves internalizing knowledge so that it directs actions. o Enigma (Vs. 6) – is another word for the parable which also convey illustrations about life and the consequences of decisions. Proverbs1:3  To give these characteristics to the reader: o Righteousness - conformity to an ethical standard
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o Justice - conformity to God’s Law o Equity (integrity) –uncompromising moral integrity

Proverbs1:4-5  More key words: o Prudence – shrewdness (Luke 16:1-15); a person who takes proactive measures o knowledge – practical acquisition of God’s word Proverbs1:6-7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. o All wisdom depends on knowledge of God and submission to His will. o To fear the Lord is to hate evil o To fear the Lord is reverence Him which is to respect Him o A sense of awe and respect for the majesty of God. o It’s also a childlike feeling that leads us to draw near and want to please God

© 2014 Darryl J. Dawson, Sr.

© 2014 Darryl J. Dawson, Sr.

Author Bio
An energetic, talented, and Spirit-controlled teacher, Darryl J. Dawson, Sr. - a 2011 graduate of Luther Rice Seminary and former youth pastor - keeps it real. Honest, open and transparent, he makes it easy to open up and have a lively discussion by sharing his own struggles, shortcomings, and successes. Biblically-sound and true to God's Word, Darryl always positions us and challenges us to leave class and go apply God's principles to our lives. Darryl and his wife Shari have three sons, and make their home in Stockbridge, Georgia. They are members of First Baptist Atlanta. Darryl is active in youth sports, coaching championship teams in football, baseball, and basketball. You can listen to the audio that accompanies these notes at http://www.fbalifelines.org/lessons.html

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