Proverbs 1:6

I have never been a big fan of Proverbs in the Bible. I’ve always attributed it to my analytical, linear thought process.

Growing up in church and a Christian school, I’ve memorized lots of one- or two-verse sections from Proverbs. But when I tried to read them in context – with their surrounding verses – I figured out why we learned just one or two at a time.

In a given chapter we might memorize verse 10. But many times it didn’t have a lot to do with verses 9 or 11, much less verses 1 and 25! And that really bother(s/ed) me! It’s too disjointed, too disconnected.

But I finally decided to read through Proverbs for the first time in a very long time – one chapter per day (probably shouldn’t have chosen February!). And, being the (usually) logical person I am, I read chapter one on Sunday.

I had to laugh when I got only six verses in (using the NET Bible). The writer, Solomon, introduced his collection of proverbs with four purpose statements in verses 1-6. Here’s the fourth purpose:

To discern the meaning of a proverb and a parable, the sayings of the wise and their riddles. Proverbs 1:6

Get it? He wrote them the way he did to help us understand old people! No, wait. That’s not right.  : )

He wrote them in a style that would cause us to think and ponder life from a different perspective.

He wrote them to get people like me to think differently – outside the box, if you will.

He wrote them to show us that there is more than one way to look at things and only fools refuse to consider other options.

Ouch!

Looks like I’m behind the ball on this one. It’s way past time for me to dig into this book.

And, yeah, Proverbs will show up in upcoming weekend messages as God talks to me through this book I don’t know as well as I thought I did.

Leave a Comment