When it comes to having common sense I believe the book of Proverbs in the Bible should be the first book studied. In my opinion it is the greatest wisdom book available to us. It is full of knowledge, which teaches us how to view the Creator of all things, how to behave properly with one another, how we should see ourselves, and a host of other things.
Proverbs was written by King David’s son, Solomon, who is considered the wisest man who ever lived. He received this wisdom from God after asking for help to govern Israel since he was just a child. During his years of walking upright before God, Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. People from everywhere came to listen to him speak. And now through Proverbs we can read a portion of his sayings collected in one document.
The Purpose of Proverbs
Proverbs makes it clear from the beginning the reasons for its creation. It is for
- learning about wisdom and discipline;
- understanding words expressing deep insight;
- gaining an intelligently disciplined life, doing what is right, just and fair;
- endowing with caution those who don’t think and
- endowing the young person with knowledge and discretion. (Proverbs 1:2-4 CJB)
It also tells us that “someone who is already wise will hear and learn still more. Someone who already understands will gain the ability to counsel well; he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions, the sayings and riddles of the wise.” (Proverbs 1:5-6 CJB)
Weekly Proverb Study
So it doesn’t matter if you know just a little bit or a lot, everyone can benefit from studying this book. For that reason, there will be a weekly proverb teaching every Friday to help us have a better understanding of this wonderful book. Please join me in this teaching.
Our Heavenly Father, who is in heaven,
The beginning of all knowledge and wisdom comes from you. Therefore, we ask you to open our understanding to your scriptures and help us apply the scriptures to our lives with great results that please you.
In Yeshua the Messiah’s name, Amen.
“Therefore, give your servant an understanding heart able to administer justice to your people, so that I can discern between good and bad – for who is equal to judging this great people of yours?” What Shlomo had said in making this request pleased Adonai. God said to him, “Because you have made this request instead of asking long life or riches for yourself, or your enemies’ death, but rather asked for yourself understanding to discern justice; I am doing what you requested. I am giving you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you, nor will there ever again be anyone like you. I am also giving you what you didn’t ask for, riches and honor greater than that of any other king throughout your life. More than that, if you will live according to my ways, obeying my laws and mitzvot (commands) like your father David, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:9-14 (CJB)
“God gave Shlomo exceptional wisdom and understanding, as well as a heart as vast as the sandy beach by the sea. Shlomo’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of the people from the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than everyone – wiser than Eitan the Ezrachi and wiser than Heiman, Kalkol and Darda the sons of Machol; so that his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. He could discuss trees, from the cedar in the L’vanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall; he could discuss wild animals, poultry, reptiles and fish. People from all nations came to hear the wisdom of Shlomo, including kings from all over the earth who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:29-34 (CJB)