Proverbs: Christ Our Wisdom
Paul revealed a wonderful truth about Christ. He said 1 Cor. 1:30 "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God -- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption." (NIV).
Jesus becomes that wisdom as His brother James said James 3:17 "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." (NIV).
In the Proverbs we find the wisdom of Christ distilled in a very practical form.
Solomon was the author of 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs the Bible tells us (I Kings 4:32). His God given wisdom surpassed all the noted wise men of his day (I Kings 3:12. In our study of PROVERBS today we look at one of the few Old Testament books that state their purpose clearly at the start. In Prov. 1:2-6 we find a twofold purpose:
- Build Moral Character Prov. 1:3-5
- Build Mental Wisdom 1:2,6
Remember we are in the third of the five Books of Hebrew Wisdom Literature. Each is a Divinely Inspired insight on a facet of life.
Some have said that the three books Solomon wrote may have arisen from the three stages of his life.
- Song of Solomon from the young man in love.
- Proverbs from the wisdom of a mature man at his zenith. And
- Ecclesiastes from and old and bitter man looking back on his wasted opportunities. . .
What we are sure of is the vast reputation Solomon had for wealth and wisdom. His fleet was known to the ports of the world. His commercial enterprises brought him vast and rare treasures. Those ships based in Elat would wind their way from Gibraltar to Arabia to India. Exotic goods of the fabled East and the jungles of Africa flowed into Jerusalem. Vast caravans plied the trade routes east and west bringing the goods of the world to his doorstep. Women from every corner of the world sought and hundreds found his favor. Romance and love flowed from this most amazing man. From this era flows the SONG OF SOLOMON.
Then there was the stream of inquirers who came to sit at his feet in wonder as he spoke. At the head of the line was the Queen of Sheba who came 1,200 miles with a vast fortune. She was overcome at his exceeding wisdom and wealth. "The half was never told me!" His actual possessions were so much more than his unbelievable reputation. She went away in wonder and praise to his God. From this era rises the PROVERBS.
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