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Proverbs 3:1

Proverbs 3:1 "My son, forget not my law; but LET thine heart keep my commandments."

In each of the first seven chapters of his book of proverbs, Solomon directly addressed his son and urged him specifically to value paternal counsel.
1:8 - “My son, hear the instruction of thy father.” 2:1 - “My son, if thou wilt receive my words.” 4:20 - “My son, attend to my words.” 5:1 - “My son, attend unto my wisdom.” 6:20 - “My son, keep thy father's commandment.” 7:1 - “My son, keep my words.”
Although repetitive, the words in chapter three slightly stand out from the previously referenced verses.He used a word in 3:1 that he didn’t use in any of the other previously referenced verses and this word offers insight into Solomon’s understanding of children.He wrote, “My son, forget not my law; but LET thine heart keep my commandments.”The word, LET implies permission and allowance.Parents use this word when intervening on behalf of their children who are in the strong grip of an older sibling…

Proverbs 2:21-22

Proverbs 2:21-22 "For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it."

The final two verses of Proverbs 2 reveal the heart of a Hebrew father and cap off a chapter dedicated to the long-term success of his son.Spiritual preservationis the theme of this chapter.In its early verses, Solomon points his son to God, referring to Him as a buckler, or a protective shield.In verse 8, he tells his son that God keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.”He was directing Rehoboam to God because of the wisdom that God could give him.Wisdom gives a man discretion, which preserves a man and it also gives a man understanding, which “keeps” a man (verse 11).Solomon told his son that these virtues deliver good men from evil men (verse 12) as well as from wicked women (verse 16). He finishes the chapter with the contrast between remaining in the l…

Proverbs 2:20

Proverbs 2:20 "That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous."

Proverbs is a book of tremendous detail.Solomon was a man given to detail because he knew that details matter.The Devil is not the only one in the details – God is also in the details.In fact, they’re both in the details because the details matter.Because Solomon was given to detail, his books are heavy in detail. If his readers are not careful, they’ll miss the big picture.If his readers are not attentive, we’ll overlook the primary lesson.Proverbs 2 is a chapter with a lot of important detail but a chapter that teaches a simple lesson through a series of steps.Solomon wanted his son to listen to his father so that he would eventually receive wisdom, which would lead to receiving wisdom’s offspring, discretion, which would then deliver him from evil men and evil woman in order to ultimately help him walk in the way of good men.
The primary objective for Solomon was not to achiev…

Proverbs 2:19

Proverbs 2:19 "None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life."

Because of our social nature, people are typically the most influential factors in our lives.From birth, we are shaped and molded by people – a process that continues throughout our lives.Who we choose to associate with is one of the greatest factors to our success or failure. There are some people that will have little to no impact on us and then there are others who will have a substantial impact on us. Some will have a positive impact on us and some will have a negative impact on us.The reason wisdom is so critical to a person, a young person especially, is because it offers the discretion necessary to avoid the type of person that will have an addictive impact on us.The strange woman in the text is one such person.Solomon describes her home as a home without exits.He tells his son that her guests never return from whence they came.
It isn’t just a person who has an addictive im…

Proverbs 2:18

Proverbs 2:18 "For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead."

Most people don’t spend time in their front yard.With the exception of playing basketball and hockey or riding bikes on the driveway, most people prefer the back yard over the front yard when spending time at home.Certainly, there are exceptions in a world with a wide variety of property layouts, but most people feel more comfortable in the privacy of their back yards.Rarely will a pool be installed in a front yard.It is even more unlikely for a hot tub to be placed in a front yard. While many people do sit on their front porch, most people eat and gather on their back deck.
In our culture, homes and properties are designed to reflect this social tendency.Our homes are designed to let us impress from the front and relax in the back.It’s all about curb appeal in the front and privacy in the back.We spend our money on architecture and landscaping for the front and decking and fencing for the back.Ra…

Proverbs 2:17

Proverbs 2:17 "Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God."

Solomon’s description of his son’s male and female threats start with very similar characteristics.The first characteristic he lists of the evil man is his froward words (verse 12) and the first characteristic he lists of the strange woman is her flattering words (verse 16).The second description he lists of the evil man is his past, in particular, his spiritual past (verse 13).Here in verse 17, the second description he gives of the strange woman is her past informing his young son that she too had a spiritual past.The evil woman that Solomon was concerned about was the woman who had a godly upbringing guided by the Lord God of Israel.This woman didn’t forget the covenant of Israel’s God, she intentionally forgot the covenant of HERGod.
The strange woman of Proverbs 2 is not the young lady who was raised by drunkards and gluttons.She is not the little girl who was passed from house…

Proverbs 2:16

Proverbs 2:16 "To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;"

For Solomon’s successor to have success, he would need to open his heart to wisdom.Standing in the way of Rehoboam’s success were evil people.Rehoboam’s projected prosperity as heir apparent to the king would undoubtedly attract evil people looking to capitalize off his fortune and fame.Solomon knew that there would be evil men who would see his son as their path to power.The wise king knew that there would also be evil women who would see his son as their path to prestige.Few, if any cared about what they could do to help Rehoboam achieve success while many cared about what Rehoboam could do to help them get what they wanted.This is precisely why Solomon was teaching his son the need for wisdom.Wisdom’s daughter, Discretion would help Rehoboam identify and avoid the evil people who, like leeches, intended on latching onto him in order to steal from him success and …