Greetings Project Ezra! This week’s suggested reading is Proverbs 8. This chapter discusses wisdom, and is an admonition by Solomon for men to seek wisdom, and to value it more highly than gold or silver. The Bible says that most men are wise in their own eyes, rather than with God’s wisdom, and that will certainly be true of most people you talk to when you are sharing your faith. It is amazing that, as computers, smart phones, digital television and other forms of electronic communication and entertainment have nearly buried us in information, we have increasingly gained knowledge, but lost true wisdom. One dictionary definition of wisdom is “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action.” But since moral relativism is assumed to be true by most of society, apart from the truth of the Bible people have no idea how to make that just judgment. So, let’s encourage them to look back to the scriptures and the God who inspired those scriptures. Below is a list of some useful passages from the chapter and ideas as to how to expand on them.
Wisdom calls out to mankind, telling us to learn prudence and sense, so we are trying to do the same.
Wisdom speaks noble, right and true things, and nothing that is crooked or twisted.
There is nothing more valuable than wisdom, and it is far better than riches.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proberbs 9:10). Do you fear the Lord?
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Do you hate evil, or do you chase after it?
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech God hates. Do not let your pride and your love of evil keep you from wisdom, and from the truth of God.
Do you have knowledge of God, but not wisdom leading to faith and trust in him?
Wisdom was God’s master workman at the beginning. It is he who seeks his wisdom who will discover the origin and purpose of his creation.
He who listens to wisdom will be blessed and will find favor with the Lord. He who hates wisdom loves death.
For the praise of His glory,