Proverbs 9:1-9

In Proverbs 9:1-9 Solomon pictures wisdom as a very large and well designed part of God’s plan.  “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.”  There has been discussion for centuries about whether the seven pillars have symbolic meaning, but it seems most scholars believe it refers to the fact that true wisdom has extreme stability and always stands strong.  Wisdom also sets the table for life, preparing us with all the things we will need to live a life of obedience to God. “She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.”

Wisdom is available to all who will pursue it.  It is not reserved for the educated or those with a high IQ.  Wisdom is an immediate help to any and all who come and receive it.  But we have to be willing to turn from what we’re doing, to pursue it, and then choose to follow it.  Wisdom can provide us the perfact path to living in obedience. “She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”

Wisdom explains the folly and fruitlessness of trying to impose wisdom on the unwilling.  You can’t force someone to seek or to follow wisdom. “Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” If you teach wise people they’ll accept the truth and become wiser; try to teach fools and they’ll reject the truth and become even greater fools. It is futile to try and force wisdom on anyone. The key to being able to impact others is their desire to learn truth.

Solomon continues and takes it further.  “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”  A wise man will learn and continue to walk in obedience.  Clarke wrote “Literally give to the wise, and he will be wise. Whatever you give to them, they reap profit from it. They are like the bee, they extract honey from every flower.” People who are pursuing wisdom and find it allow it to impact their life and how they live.  That’s where wisdom has a great outcome, when it is applied.  A wise man learns and then lives in obedience by making the choice to obey.  God’s laws always work.  Whether we are choosing to intentionally obey or it comes accidentally, when we follow God’s wisdom good things happen.

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