Biblical Wisdom Keepers Level 1: Daily Proverbs
Daily proverbs are to be read and reflected upon each day, for the duration of the level learning. Students should also journal thoughts and reflections as they are reading. The goal is to memorize the book of Proverbs by the time the student completes the 12th (highest) level of Biblical Wisdom Keepers training. “Hrs.” is the suggested daily commitment in order to accomplish the goal (e.g. 1 hour devoted to each chapter, for a total of three study hours each day, repeated every day that the student is at the current level of study.
Level 1 Daily Proverbs
BWKLIDP – Proverbs Chapter 1 Overview
The classical Greek philosopher, Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347 BC) founded the first institution of higher learning in the Western world – the Academy of Athens. At his school, the words, “Let no one enter who is not a geometrician” were written in Greek above the door. A commoner of low estate and no esteemed education would doubtfully have earned sought Plato’s respect to the point of sharing his table. This is in stark contrast to the person of Jesus, who not only ate with commoners and sinners, He also said of wisdom that if it were lacked by any man, he should ask it of God who would give to all liberally and without bias (James 1:5). The wisdom of Solomon presented in the book of Proverbs is available to all people, regardless of age or prior learning. You can sit at the table with the most esteemed and learn the same principles and truth that have been presented to all ages since the penning of the book.
The purpose of the book of Proverbs is outlined in the first six verses.
1The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight, 3 Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity, 4 That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth— 5 The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]— 6 That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles (Proverbs 1:1-6 AMP)
|BWKLIDP – Proverbs Chapter 1||You will notice that the word “Wisdom” is always capitalized in the first book of Proverbs. This wisdom is better translated as, “The Wisdom of God.”||
Proverbs Chapter 1 Commentary
God loved Solomon even from birth (2 Samuel 12:24). How fitting that Solomon should one day become King and ask for God’s divine wisdom rather than riches and fame. Solomon had been born to a King, David, who was a praying man and a man after God’s own heart. We can conclude that the influence of King David was strong in Solomon’s youth. It is no surprise that Solomon walked in ways pleasing unto God (until strange women turned away his heart). From the lesson of David and Solomon we see the importance of parental guidance, and the need for consistent consecration to God, that we be not carried away with the lure of sin and lore of possession or pride of life. We also have an example of God’s longsuffering love, which was extended to both David and Solomon, even after they had sinned.
We know from II Chronicles 1:7-13 that when Solomon was on mount Gibeon and had made an thousand burnt offerings to the LORD, Solomon asked God for wisdom to judge the people over which God had made him king. God gave Solomon not only wisdom, but also great wealth.
II Chronicles 1:7-13
7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. 8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? 11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like. 13Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.
Wisdom is personified specifically as a woman [she] of great worth, exemplifying God’s divine plan for living and the sublime character of Christ His son. Wisdom belongs to God and issues from God. Having wisdom is no pedestal of boasting, as God gives and so can also take wisdom. He confounds the wise to instruct them in humility. He makes the foolish seem as the learned lest the learned should mock Him. No person should think him or herself acclimated by wisdom as if it were of his or her own power, because wisdom comes from God. It is more than knowledge that may be read from a book. Though we may read the proverbs of Solomon and learn what were the thoughts of his heart, we each need God to impart divine understanding to what we have read. God desires that we have understanding as the companion of wisdom, which is our principle goal (Proverbs 4:7).
In order to walk in wisdom. one must put away childish games of severe and casual injury to the spirit of humanity by insult and prideful conceit. Only when we humble ourselves before God can we find the path to patient wisdom, which loves not simplicity of mind but desires the augmentation of wisdom, accepting both council and reproof. Those who desire wisdom, will not run from correction, but rather will seek truth above reputation. Reputation is God’s responsibility. The wise are charged with keeping truth. Whatever then should be the just reward of the wise is in the hands of God. The truly wise will love the LORD God and reverence Him with Godly fear (a deep respect pertinent to God’s omnipotence), not being overly concerned with the reward.
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