“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10
The Stick: The fear of the Lord. To the world He is the judge sitting at the biggest most imposing bench in the universe, and the mallet He uses is powerful enough to sweep stars out of their paths. That fear is deserved. As it is written, “Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” That is why the Liberals hate Him. They don’t want to hear about that what they are doing is wrong and will send to a place where the fire is not quenched and the worm does not die. But. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Those who are His children are given wisdom to understand what “the fear of the Lord” truly is. That is where the carrot dangling from the stick comes in.
The Carrot: A paraphrase of, “All those who do His commandments,” would be, ‘all who listen to the instruction of wisdom’. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” God added the book of Proverbs to the Bible for a reason. That reason is outlined in Chapter One.
“To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion — wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.”
Five reasons are given. By an odd coincidence, the number ‘5’ is the number of ‘grace’.
When Christians are shiny and new, it’s all about being forgiven and not carrying a load on the back. But give them a few years and it’s all about, “That guy cut me off,” “You’re not going to walk over me,” “I have rights.” Don’t look at me with that tone of voice, you know it’s true. And I’ve seen the hand signals you use on the freeway.
When the Disciples sat down in the upper room, the first thing Jesus did was wash their feet. Why? Because they had been walking in the dust of the world. If you need to wash your with feet with the ‘water of the word’, (duh!) Proverbs is a very good place to start. There are thirty one chapter, one for every day of the month.
The Choice: “To give prudence to the simple,” means ‘learn how to make good choices’. Open the Bible. Read.