Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs, Week 2

The Phone Tree Bible Study Group’s 2012 Summer Challenge

Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs 

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Scripture Reading: Proverbs 4-7

Gaining Wisdom:

Chapter 4 Summary – > The wise counsel of a parent is meant for good and growth.

Power Scripture: “Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:13 

Practical Life Message: That which you have been given in the way of wise counsel and righteous instruction will equip you to deal with life occurrences. Nothing that has been imparted by a loved one is without reason or cause. Value the lessons.

Chapter 5 Summary – > The life path of the one who has chosen spiritual adultery is paved with dissatisfaction.

Power Scripture: “Keep your way far from her and do not go near the door of her house…”Proverbs 5:8 

Practical Life Message: Resting in the arms of the betrayer – the one who contributes to spiritual demise – has no purpose. Although time with her brings pleasure for a moment, she offers nothing but an empty delight. Only folly awaits the man who falls for her.

Chapter 6 Summary – > The LORD is clear on what He will and will not tolerate.

Power Scripture: “There are six things which the LORD hates… Proverbs 6:16 

Practical Life Message: The LORD God clearly defines that which is good and that which is bad; that which is right and that which is wrong. He clarifies so that there is no doubt and no question. The upright man acknowledges this while the wicked man scoffs.

Chapter 7 Summary – > It is but an easy task for the adulteress to ensnare the naïve.

Power Scripture: “Her house is the way to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.” Proverbs 7:27 

Practical Life Message: Wisdom and understanding guard and protect against the enticing and provocative ways of the harlot. They must be worn at all times, being ever-present and in hand. They must be readily accessed and referred to frequently so that they might shield the innocent.

7 Questions to Consider:

1) Do you listen to sound teaching or do you abandon well-meaning instruction?

2) Have you earnestly sought to understand the wisdom that has been presented to you?

3) Are you easily swayed by unrighteousness?

4) When your foot slips off the straight path of God’s light, what is your typical response?

5) Have you tried to find satisfaction in the arms of God or in the arms of the harlot (the world, idols, etc.)?

6) What words and actions proceed from your heart?

7) Have you elected to view wisdom as your “sister” and understanding as your “intimate friend?”

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His Word. Life Relevance. Holy Direction.

Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs, Week 1

The Phone Tree Bible Study Group’s 2012 Summer Challenge

Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs 

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Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1-3

Gaining Wisdom:

Chapter 1 Summary – > The proverbs are words of the wise for learning what wisdom and discipline are.

Power Scripture: “But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil.” Proverbs 1:33

Practical Life Message: If you were given a promise of life security and ease, would you believe it? The word of God – the Spirit-breathed truth from the Most High – speaks of such a promise. What is required of us…belief. If we but listened to His wisdom, we would have true life security (i.e. freedom from fear, doubt/worry) and peaceful ease (i.e. comfort, rest).

Chapter 2 Summary – > If you seek, you will surely come to know the origin and purpose of wisdom.

Power Scripture: “If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:4-5

Practical Life Message: Wisdom is God Himself. If you search for it [wisdom], you will find Him. If you look for it as you would a precious or valuable jewel, you will inevitably come directly to the LORD who is truly the purest wealth. Upon finding Him, you will realize your need of Him and humbly seek Him out even more, as you will have gained a level of understanding, knowing that there is nothing more priceless than an awareness, respect and understanding of God.

Chapter 3 Summary – > The LORD is unquestionably supreme in His being, providing everything we need to survive.

Power Scripture: “Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”Proverbs 3:25-26

Practical Life Message: Trials and challenges are guaranteed to come from external sources which mean you harm and you will likely experience a rush of fear when this happens, but you should not worry or fret because the LORD will be with you. He will be your sure thing, and in so being, He will prevent harm from befalling you.

7 Questions to Consider:

1) What are the words of the wise and who is considered to be Wisdom itself?

2) Are you willing to receive wise instruction from the word of God?

3) Why must understanding be acquired?

4) What do knowledge, discernment and understanding grant?

5) Do you allow wisdom to enter your heart? How do you know this to be true?

6) Do you view wisdom as a healing refreshment? Discuss.

7) What does the following mean: “…but He is intimate with the upright?”

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His Word. Life Relevance. Holy Direction.

The Book of Proverbs

The title in the Hebrew Bible is “The Proverbs of Solomon.” Proverbs is a book of comparisons between common, concrete images and life’s most profound truths. Proverbs are simple moral statements (or illustrations) that highlight and teach fundamental realities about life.

The book reflects wisdom literature, insights, and instructions on life, all designed to encourage reflection on God.

There are a number of subjects in the book of Proverbs that should prove helpful to the disciple of Christ.

Pearls of Wisdom for the Family

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Key Proverbs on Marriage:

5:15-19, 6:29, 12:4, 14:1, 18:22, 19:14, 21:9, 24:3 and 4, 27:8; 31:10-31

Key Proverbs on Parents:

13:22, 13:24, 14:26, 20:7, 22:6, 23:13-16, 24:21 and 22, 29:15, 29:17, 31:10-29

Key Proverbs on Children:

10:1, 13:1, 22:6, 22:15, 23:22-25, 24:21 and 22, 27:11, 28:7, 29:3, 29:15