Further Study: Read Ellen G. White, Hidden Treasure, p. 111–114, in Christ’s Object Lessons; A Blessing in the Home, p. 334, in Messages to Young People; Study of Physiology, p. 197, 198, in Education; Ellen G. White Comments, p. 1156, in The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 3.
The youth need to understand the deep truth underlying the Bible statement that with God is the fountain of life. Psalm 36:9. Not only is He the originator of all, but He is […]
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Read Proverbs 3:7. What is the trap of being wise in one’s own eyes?
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To be wise in one’s own eyes will lead to the illusion that one does not need God to be wise. This is a hopeless situation. There is more hope for a fool than for them (Prov. 26:12, NIV). Again, wisdom is described as a religious commitment. To be wise means to keep God’s commandments (Prov. 3:1), to display […]
Read Proverbs 2:1–5. What are the conditions for understanding the fear of the LORD? What choices do we have to make in this matter?
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Three times the discourse is introduced with the conjunction if, marking three stages in the progression of education. The first if introduces the passive stage of listening; that is, simply being receptive and attentive to the words of wisdom (Prov. 2:1-2). The second if introduces the active response of […]
My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. Proverbs 1:8-9 NLT
Ephesians 5:33 in the KJV calls for wives to reverence their husbands. That is powerful, because the Bible never tells anyone to reverence a priest or a prophet. That word “reverence” for the father tells me, a parent is not only the first teacher but also the first […]
Key Thought : The call of wisdom leads us to obedience and the ability to discern between good and evil.
[Lesson plan for The Call of Wisdom December 29, 2014]
1. Have a volunteer read Proverbs 1:5-7.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What is wisdom and how does it contrast with knowledge?
c. Personal Application: How does fearing God help us to understand proverbs and the dark sayings of the […]
Read Proverbs 1:20-21. How is wisdom presented here? What is being told to us?
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While the sinners lie in wait and lurk secretly (Prov. 1:11, Prov 1:18, NKJV), wisdom calls aloud outside (Prov. 1:20, NKJV), cries out in the chief concourses (Prov. 1:21, NKJV), and speaks her words (Prov. 1:21, NKJV). Wisdom is here personified, and her offer is given to the man and the woman on the street. It is for everyone […]
Read Proverbs 1:8–19. What two contrasting ways of education are presented in these verses? What’s the basic message here, not just for parents, but for everyone who fears the Lord?
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Education is, first of all, a family matter, and true education comes, first and foremost, from the parents. In these verses, this education is called instruction and even law. The Hebrew word for law, torah, means direction. The parents are to point their […]
In Proverbs 1:1–6 the title the proverbs of Solomon the son of David (Prov. 1:1) establishes a link between this proverb and 1 Kings 3:5–14. In Kings (as in the book of Proverbs), Solomon is presented as a son seeking wisdom from God. In addition to both referring to Solomon as the son of David, the two texts share significant common wording: understand, wisdom, judgment.Not only do these parallels confirm Solomon as the one behind the composition of the book, they […]
Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 1–3, Gen. 1:1, Exod. 19:16, Exod. 20:20, Prov. 11:30, Prov. 13:12, Prov. 15:4.
Memory Text: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7, NKJV).
From Eden onward, the root of human tragedy lies in wrong choices. Man lost all because he chose to listen to the deceiver rather than to Him who is Truth, who alone has understanding. By the mingling of evil with […]