October 31, 2021, 4:00:00 PM
Proverbs Chapter 1
We will start our adventure through Proverbs. Over the next weeks and months we will interchange the study of Proverbs with Church History, and a study on the authenticity of the Bible.
Proverbs is known for its short instructions for living an effective life on earth. It contains no stories or theology, as many other Old Testament books do. It simply states wisdom for all to enjoy and use.
Do you want to live wisely?
The theme of Proverbs is “wisdom.” Wisdom is the application of knowledge. The words “wise” and “wisdom” are used at least 125 times in Proverbs. Proverbs provides us with practical day to day guidance for daily life.
Type of Scripture
We have discussed that it is important to evaluate the context of scripture. Proverbs however is not a letter, so who wrote it is not as important as how it was written. The grammatical structure, analogies, and comparisons in the Book of Proverbs lead and guide us to the truth it holds. Unlike most of the Books in the Old Testament, Proverbs does not contain theological
Time Period Covered
The Book of Proverbs is intended to be timeless. When reading this book, we need to remember that proverbs are not promises. Proverbs are principles. They explain what is generally true in this world. They are not, however, formulae that can be followed in order to guarantee a result. A non-biblical example of a proverb helps us understand the nature of these sayings: “Red in the morning, sailors take warning. Red at night, sailors’ delight.” When we hear this saying, we do not think every red sky in the morning necessarily
means bad weather that day. It is generally true, but it is not an absolute.