Proverbs 8 – Wisdom’s Hearing

Today if you have been following the same path I have, then you should be studying and praying about Chapter 8 of Proverbs.

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The number 8 is significant biblically speaking, in that it represents New Beginning, it also means fence, enclosure, Inner Room, heart, private, and separate.

Let’s focus on new beginning, and heart or the inner room, were the real differences are made.

My prayer for you today is found in Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT) which states, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.  Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep your strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!”

As I prayed about and studied this chapter my focus was led to verse 8 so I will use it as the foundation to build on.  This verse states, “My advice is wholesome.  There is nothing devious or crooked in it.”

Theme:  Wisdom Calls for a Hearing 

Lesson #1: The Testimony of Wisdom

  • Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception (v.6, 7)
  • My advice is wholesome (v.8)
  • There is nothing devious or crooked in it (v.8)
  • My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge (v.9)
  • Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold (v.10)
  • For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies (v.11)
  • Nothing you desire can compare with it (v.11)
  • I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment (v.12)
  • I know where to discover knowledge and discernment (v.12)
  • All who fear the LORD will hate evil (v.13)
  • Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech (v.13)
  • Common sense and success belong to me (v.14)
  • Insight and strength are mine (v.14)
  • Because of me, kings reign and rulers make just decrees (v.15)
  • Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments (v.16)
  • I love all who love me (v.17)
  • Those who search will surely find me (v.)
  • I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice (v.18)
  • My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! (v.19)
  • I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice (v.20)
  • Those who love me inherit wealth (v.21)
  • I will fill their treasuries (v.21)
  • The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else (v.22)
  • I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began (v.23)
  • I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters (v.24)
  • Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born–before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil (v.25, 26)
  • I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans (v.27)
  • I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth (v.28)
  • I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries (v.29)
  • And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side (v.29, 30)
  • I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence (v.30)
  • And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family! (v.31)

Lesson #2:Expected Application   

  • Listen as Wisdom calls out! (v.1)
  • Hear as understanding raises her voice! (v.1)
  • Use good judgment (v.5)
  • Show some understanding (v.5)
  • Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold (v.10)
  • Those who search will surely find me (v.17)
  • Those who love me inherit wealth (v.21)
  • So listen to me my Children, for all who follow my ways are joyful (v.32)
  • Listen to my instruction and be wise (v.33)
  • Don’t ignore it (v.33)

Resolution:

Lesson #3: Positive outcome of Applying lesson #2

  • My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge (v.9)
  • All who fear the LORD will hate evil (v.13)
  • Common sense and success belong to me(Wisdom) (v.14)
  • Insight and strength are mine(Wisdom) (v.14)
  • Because of me(Wisdom), kings reign, and rulers make just decrees (v.15)
  • Rulers lead with my(Wisdom) help, and nobles make righteous judgments (v.16)
  • I love all who love me (v.17)
  • Those who search will surely find me (v.17)
  • I(Wisdom) have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice (v.18)
  • Those who love me inherit wealth.  I will fill their treasuries (v.21)
  • All who follow my(Wisdom) ways are joyful (v.32)
  • Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! (v.34)
  • For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD (v.35)

Lesson #4: Negative outcome of not applying lesson #2

  • But those who miss me injure themselves (v.36)
  • All who hate me love death (v.36)

Lesson #5: 4 Reasons you should listen to Wisdom according to (verses 32-35)

  1. All who follow Wisdom’s ways are joyful
  2. If you will listen to Wisdom’s instruction then you will be wise. Don’t ignore Wisdom’s instruction
  3. Joyful are those who listen to Wisdom watching for her daily at her gates waiting for her outside her home!
  4. For whoever finds Wisdom finds life and receives favor from the LORD

Lastly, verse 36 states that, “those who miss me injure themselves.  All who hate me love death.”

Now that is enough to call all of us to prayer time.  I do not want to miss Wisdom and injure myself.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346  Let’s Pray now!

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