Over the past thirty years, America and much of the developed world have experienced rapid increases in technology and information. The “information age” as we know it has led to rapid increases in the flow and availability of information. Devices that far exceed the imagination of Chester Gould’s 2-Way Wrist Radio and TV owned by Dick Tracy, the cartoon police detective character, are now commonplace. Personal computers, emails, texting, iPads, cable or satellite television, and the internet are now the norm and within the budget of many consumers.
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However, while grass withers and the flower fades, this book, like God’s entire Word, stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). This paper examines the timely and enduring teaching of Proverbs in the subject matters of a different “www”: Wisdom, Wealth, and Women.
First, the primary purpose of the book of Proverbs is to teach wisdom (Prov. 1:2-7). Verse two utilizes the Hebrew word “chokmah”, defined by Strong’s as “the knowledge and ability to make the right choices at the opportune time.” Among other references, several chapters are dedicated to wisdom: comparing wisdom to treasure, illustrating the value of wisdom, love for wisdom, purpose for wisdom, and contrasting wisdom to folly (Chapters 2,3,4,8,9). The book of Proverbs serves the Israelites as an important textbook for the schooling of Hebrew youth in ancient times. Using antithetic parallelism, Solomon explains that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and draws a sharp contrast to fools, who by definition despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7). This passage clearly emphasizes the necessary reverence for God and is as applicable for modern readers as it serves for Hebrew youth.
God graciously invites all to learn, but few choose to do so. Wisdom is like a woman shouting “inviting all to come to her and learn, but the majority refuse to heed her appeal.” Those that don’t respond to God’s gracious invitation are described as naïve, scoffers, or fools. The naïve know nothing, the scoffers think they know everything, and the fools despise God’s wisdom. Both the ancient culture and today’s society have plenty of these three categories. The wise, however, will obey the Lord and live securely in God’s grip, away from the dread of evil. Believers follow God’s command to share the path of salvation to all. The naïve, scoffers, and fools will eliminate themselves, but the follower of God is to provide the opportunity to each (Prov. 1:20-33 where is this best referenced – applies to paragraph).
People who realize God is Creator of the universe, giver of life, and Master of all, will reverently fear the Lord, not man, and seek to follow His commands. The source of wisdom is God Himself. God creates wisdom before creating the heavens (Prov. 8:22-31). The nation of Israel deals with issues of evil, pride, arrogance, and perverted language that remain prevalent in society today (Prov. 8:13). Jesus teaches, however, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. He who does not love Me does not keep My words” (John 14,15,24). This foundational biblical world-view of loving the Lord and obeying him is paramount to wisdom. Without this understanding, even the man with the highest intelligent quotient is merely a fool in God’s eyes.
Centuries later, Paul admonishes the church of Ephesus “Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17). Those that fear man, rather than trusting God, are caught in a snare (Prov. 29:25). It is the ability and desire to...