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Proverbs 2:3-4

Proverbs 2:3-4 "Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;"

There is a clear progression in the first four verses of Proverbs 2. This progression deals with the mindset of the person who will be most likely to spiritually succeed.Solomon wanted his son to spiritually succeed and so he laid out exactly what he hoped he would do.This success would start with doing more than just hearing the voice of his father – it would start with him receiving the words of his father.There is a substantial difference between hearing words and receiving words.Hearing requires nothing more than the use of an ear while receiving requires the use of an ear and the use of the mind.Hearing allows words to go in but receiving words prevents those words from going right out the other ear.Receiving someone’s words requires thinking about someone’s words.Any person who fails to receive inst…

Proverbs 2:2

Proverbs 2:2 "So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;"

Solomon wasn’t ignorant of his gift.He remembered vividly the encounter he had with God as a young king in Gibeon.It was there and then that God offered the son of David Divine assistance with his great task of leading the nation of Israel.Solomon asked for wisdom and God granted it.Solomon also remembered vividly what happened in Jerusalem shortly after that life-changing encounter. Two women came to him with a serious dilemma, one that had lifelong ramifications to both.These women were new mothers, both giving birth to a son at the same time.One child tragically died in the night leaving the young mothers fighting over the living child with each claiming him as her own. In an era void of technology necessary to prove the birth mother, the young king easily revealed the true birth mother with a simple statement, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and ha…

Proverbs 2:1b

Proverbs 2:1 "My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;"

Solomon begins his second chapter of proverbs with a big IF.”In the first four verses of this chapter, six distinct actions will be suggested to his son.IF those actions were performed, Rehoboam would reap accordingly and experience the big THEN of the remaining verses.The first of the six suggested actions was the reception of his father’s words.Naturally, the young man would be unable to perform any of his father’s suggested actions unless he first received the words his father offered him.

The second suggested action was to HIDE his father’s commandments.The act of hiding counsel or commandment is the act of protecting that counsel or commandment.We don’t hide the things we don’t want.We don’t hide the things we don’t mind losing.We don’t hide garbage cans.We don’t hide dirty diapers.We don’t hide broken appliances.On the contrary, we hide the things we want.We hide the things we …

Proverbs 2:1a

Proverbs 2:1 "My son, IF thou wilt receive my words..."

In Solomon’s first chapter of proverbs, he prepared his son for the potential of pernicious peer pressure.His counsel started with the words, IF sinners entice thee” and IF they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood.”He wanted Rehoboam to be prepared for the decisions of the wicked and in particular, for the harmful decisions of the wicked.Life is about decisions.Every decision has a consequence.Good decisions typically result in good consequences while bad decisions typically result in bad decisions.Every person’s life consists of the consequences of their decisions and unfortunately as well as of the consequences of the decisions of others.What we decide can have a profound impact on others.What we decide to do in life often creates the necessity for those in our lives to then make an important decision of their own.In Rehoboam’s case, the decision of the wicked to try to recruit him for their evil plot would …