Proverbs 2 {Personal Bible Study}

So remember about a year ago I did this post, on Proverbs 1, with promise of a second one?

Yes? Well, here it is.

Proverbs 2:1-9  (NKJV)

The Value of Wisdom

My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.

Oh, where do I start?  In my last article we looked at Proverbs 1:1-8, which was an introduction to the next several articles I will be doing. Today I want to hop to the next chapter and look at it.

In Proverbs 2:1-9 we find a type of wisdom that you could call a hidden wisdom. This is a wisdom that only comes to those who truly desire it and is available only to those who devote their life in pursuit of it.

If you look closely at this passage we find several key words. The first word is if. IF you receive. IF you cry out and lift up your voice. IF you seek and search. (verses1, 3, 4)  The thing we have to realize here is there is a choice we have to make. And not only do we have a choice to make; we have to do something about it.

Have you ever asked someone to do something, and they said they would (they made a choice to do it), yet they just sat there and didn’t make any move to do it? And you’re thinking “Hello! Didn’t you hear me??”  Yet you know they heard you, because they said they would do it.  It’s kind of confusing, right?

So first, before we look deeper into this passage, we have to understand that we need to make a choice then do something about it.

What do we need to do?

We are called to draw closer to God and grow in our understanding of Him, and then we will harvest the results.

My son, If thou wilt receive my instruction and hide my commandments with thee,                                                                        

  1. Be Attentive-Listen to your God.

We are to listen to God- but not just listen, but to hide His commandments in our hearts, so that we never forget them.  I will use another illustration.

Have you ever seen someone doing something wrong, and you knew it, and you knew how to do it right, and so you tried to show them the proper way of doing said thing. You can tell when someone isn’t listening- and you can also tell when someone doesn’t want to do it right. They aren’t receiving instruction.

                Now, this verse kind of blends with the next verse.  We are to hide my commandments with thee, So that we can incline our ear to wisdom and then apply your heart to understanding.

                There is something very unique about your name. Something that when someone says it, even though most other people don’t hear it, it sticks out to you.  We know it so well that, even though we don’t think about it, we know when someone says it and we suddenly snap into attention.  Something I have noticed is that when someone tries to adapt a new nickname it never quite gets there attention like saying their actual name does.

                We are to know God’s word so well, that it sticks out to you, and you can easily see or hear when something is wrong, or amiss. Which will keep us from believing false prophets.

Apply your heart to understanding.

What good does it do to just read the Bible and do nothing about it? This verse is telling us we need to try and understand what God is saying to us through this scripture. Next we need to apply to our lives and live it out.

 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,

And lift up your voice for understanding,

4 If you seek her as silver,

And search for her as for hidden treasures;

We are still being told what we need to do in order to receive whatever it is we are to receive.

We are to CRY OUT for discernment. I heard an illustration one time of this verse.

Imagine you fell of the side of a cliff. And you were falling, until you saw this branch and grabbed on for dear life. Now what? Are you just going to sit there and simply in a normal voice say “help.”  Probably not. You most likely will be screaming at the top of your lungs “HELP!!!” Right?

In the same way, we are to cry out, for discernment.

There is something about cry out, out loud to God.  You see, Satan can’t see your thoughts. So in order for him to know he’s not wanted, we need to cry out and tell him to leave.

Again, lift up your voice for understanding. This is pretty much repeating the last phrase. In the Old Testament, in poetry, etc., they would rhyme thoughts rather than sounds.

Next we are to seek said thing as silver and search for it as hidden treasure.

If I told my younger brother that somewhere in my room I hid a hundred bucks, and if he found it he could keep it, he wouldn’t just walk into my room, glance around it, then leave again. No sir-ee, he would dig all over my room until he found that hundred bucks, not stopping once.

See the parallel? We can’t just read God’s  word only on Sunday’s  and Wednesday’s , and then expect to learn everything to learn. We need to dig into God’s , and apply what we read to our lives.

Then the result.

What do we get from all this?

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.

To sum it up:

  • We will understand what it means to fear God
  • We will find the knowledge of God
  • He will give us wisdom
  • He will protect us

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