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Proverbs 1:7 The Beginning of Knowledge

boy in churchA small boy sat with his mother in church, listening to a sermon entitled, “What is a Christian?” The minister punctuated his talk at several key intervals by asking, “What is a Christian?” Each time he pounded his fist on the pulpit for emphasis. At one point, the lad whispered to his mother, “Momma, do you know? Do you know what a Christian is?” “Yes dear,” the mother replied, “now try to sit still and listen.” As the minister was wrapping up the sermon, once again he thundered, “What is a Christian?” and pounded especially hard on the pulpit. At that, the boy jumped up and cried, “Tell him, Momma, tell him!”

Knowledge. Facts, information, and skills acquired through one’s experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. We all have knowledge of something. Right now, I have a very real knowledge that Hurricane Dorian is spinning its way as a Cat 5 storm towards the coast of Florida – and I live in Florida. I know everything about the storm that the meteorologists have said and explained on television. But I don’t have the knowledge and wisdom they have. They can take all their knowledge and expertise on weather patterns, air streams, depth of the ocean, water temperatures in the ocean, and apply it Dorian and make a prediction of what they anticipate the storm will do and what path it will take. But they don’t have the knowledge and wisdom that God has. In Psalm 148:8, the Bible tells us that storms “do His bidding.” It was God that sent the flood in Noah’s day. It was God that sent the hailstorm to Egypt as one of the 10 plagues in Moses’ day. It was God that stirred up a great sea storm that resulted in Jonah being swallowed by a great fish. (Click to tweet)  And when the disciples were in a boat a storm came up on the Sea of Galilee – a storm so feirce that the seasoned fishermen thought they were going to die. They woke up Jesus who simply spoke and with just three words, “Peace, be still,” the wind and waves obeyed Him (click to tweet) . God knows exactly what is happening with Dorian. The weathermen, can only make and educated and well-informed guess. For Hurricane Dorian, one might could say that the fear of Dorian is the beginning of knowledge about Dorian.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise
wisdom and discipline.”  When we have fear of the Lord, it is not a shake-in-your-boots kind of fear where you crouch down just hoping God doesn’t zap you with a lightening bolt. While certainly, because of our choices and sin or refusal to accept Christ as Savior, there are times that we should be afraid, this is not the kind of fear that is meant in this verse. The fear of the Lord involves awe, reverence, love and trust in Him. If those are the feelings and emotions we have towards God, then it leads us to want to be near Him. To know Him on a very personal level. (Click to tweet)  The more we know and understand just who God is, the more humble we feel that such a holy and righteous God would ever love someone like me. As a result, I want to obey Him and do what brings Him joy. As I live in the fear of the Lord and have an ever-growing knowledge of Him, humbly submit to Him in obedience, then He sends His blessings. The fear of the Lord will always be accompanied by knowledge, humility, obedience and blessing. (Click to tweet)  

This is why Solomon wrote that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear of the Lord has to come first – before wisdom. You can’t have wisdom without fear of the Lord. It is the prerequisite. It is the foundation of all true wisdom. (Click to tweet)  If all other knowledge, education, and learning is not built off of this foundation, it is worthless. Why? Because wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective and responding as God directs. In Proverbs 16:16, Solomon advises, “Get wisdom — how much better it is than gold! And get understanding — It is preferable to silver.” We should be seeking wisdom more than we seek anything else other than seeking Christ’s forgiveness for our sins.

I have grown up in Florida all my life and for every hurricane that comes through there are always those who refuse to evacuate and are determined to stay home with their homes and possessions. Almost every time, when the hurricane passes, the news tells of those who had to be rescued from their homes or even those who died because they were just too stubborn to leave. Even with Dorian, we’ve heard of people who refused to leave the Bahama Islands as the Cat 5 storm has blown over it for more than a day. The expectation is that there will be very little left standing when the dangerous storm has gone. How many lives have been lost because they just wouldn’t leave? Most of us would agree this is not the decision of a wise person. At the end of Proverbs 1:7, Solomon wrote, “But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” When we become self-sufficient, unheeding of the wisdom of others, detesting any advice or correction, we are a fool. And usually we end up paying for being the fool (click to tweet) – sometimes with our lives.

You may not have to face Cat 5 hurricanes where you live, but it might be tornadoes or earthquakes or volcanoes. Maybe for you being wise or a fool has to do with how you choose to spend your money or how you treat your spouse or how you prioritize your time. Maybe being wise or a fool has to do with a decision you have to make. Whatever it is that will give you the title of “wise” or “fool,” remember that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord. Start there – living in awe, reverence, love and trust in God. Then you will find the wisdom and knowledge that leads to humble obedience and blessings and then you will be wise indeed.

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Isaiah 11:1-2

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If you have ever read through all the “begats” in the Bible then you know how boring it can be. The names are hard to pronounce and you might find yourself wondering why God would include all those genealogies in the Bible. There is not one part of God’s Word that was a waste. Those genealogies show the lineage of Jesus. In Isaiah, the prophet foretold that Jesus would come from the lineage of Jesse, King David’s father. The book of Matthew begins with telling us that prophecy was fulfilled. It also shows that Jesus was a descendent of King David, which means he had royal blood in Him. You can read the full lineage in Matthew 1:1-16.

Through 28 generations and about 1700 years, God was preparing for the moment that Jesus would enter the world to carry out God’s plan of redemption. Jesus wasn’t born to the best, perfect mother. He didn’t even come from a spotlessly clean lineage. In fact, Abraham was a coward and liar (he lied twice about his wife being his sister). Then, his son Isaac, did the same thing. Jacob lied to his faither, cheated his brother and ripped off his father-in-law. Rahab was a prostitute. Ruth was a Gentile from a despised country. Solomon had over 1000 wives, all of whom he allowed to worship false Gods. Rehoboam split the nation of Israel in two. When reading through the Old Testament we find that many of the kings that ruled Israel and in Jesus’ genealogy were terrible people who led the people away from God that caused the downfall of the nation. King Manasseh sacrificed his own son to an idol. Tamar deceived her father-in-law (who previously deceived Tamar), slept with him and had his son. David committed adultery with Bathsheba then had her husband killed by putting him in the front line of battle.

Why is all that important? Because if God can use those imperfect people to bring His only Son into the world to be the Savior of the world, then he can use you too. Like all those people, we also have our own flaws and skeletons in the closet. But when we prepare our hearts and surrender to God’s plan, then God gets all the glory for what is accomplished in our lives despite our fallen, ugly, sinfulness. Jesus’ lineage is full of people just like you and me. Despite who they were or what they had done they were still redeemable and so are we. God can take the most unlikely people with messed up lives and turn them upside down and use them for His purpose when we surrender our hearts to Him. God is bigger than our failure. He isn’t surprised by our failure. We can’t sin so much that we become out of the reach of Jesus and hope of salvation – not even the person who intentionally turns their back on God. His mercies are new every morning and there is always hope.

Perhaps you are praying for an unsaved family member: a spouse, parent, child, aunt, uncle. Maybe a close friend has turned their back on God and made idols out of their job, hobbies, or money. Maybe you’re struggling with a load of guilt over past sins or a habitual sin you can’t seem to shake. Isaiah tells us the Spirit of Lord rests on Jesus – a Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. As we prepare our hearts during this week of Advent, take some time alone with Jesus and surrender the struggles you have and the ones you long to find salvation to the One who has wisdom, understand, counsel, strength, and knowledge. Allow God to work through your faults and failures. Ask Him how He can use them in His plan for your life.

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Proverbs 1:7

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