Since I finished Psalms a few weeks ago I am finally now making my way through Proverbs (for at least the 5th or 6th time in my life, and probably more). Typically the first few verses in a chapter don’t stick to me or make much sense with all the “To the church of blahblahblah and Cephus ans blahblah and the brothers and sisters in Christ, so on and so forth and whatnot. But this got me.
First of all, the section is entitled “The Beginning of Knowledge” which is interesting because the Proverbs are full of wisdom, as is Ecclesiastes. What really caught me is verses 2-4
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity, to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth-
What is the beginning of knowledge anyway? Well, it’s knowing wisdom and instruction. It’s receiving that instruction wisely and openly. Further on in verse 7 it says that fearing the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Obviously with fearing the Lord comes knowing wisdom and instruction. But then, just think! That is just the beginning of knowledge! And knowledge never ends! How much more we all have to learn throughout our lives. The second bit that stuck out to me was another verse that I’ve heard and read a thousand times, it seems, in the past 7 or so years. Proverbs 1:8 & 9 which basically talks about children obeying their parents, or rather, listening to what they have to say and accepting their wisdom. Verse 9 says that a parent’s wisdom is a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. Basically they are riches for you. I’d never looked at it in that way before. I always saw it as “listen to your parents” not “listening to the wisdom your parents may ever share with you can further you in life”. It’s something to think on.