Friday, September 11, 2015

Proverbs 2:1-5: It's all about the Verbs!

My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

Receive: accept
Treasure: hide with thyself, in thine own keeping
Commands: code of wisdom

Incline your ear: cause to attend, give attention
Wisdom: ethical and religious
Apply: incline one's own heart unto God and his commands
Heart: intelligent mind
Understanding: the object of knowledge

Cry out: call unto some one
Discernment: knowledge, meaning, perfectly, understanding, wisdom
Lift up: utter a sound, lift up the voice
Understanding: the object of knowledge

Seek: seek to find
Search: make diligent search

Understand: know with the mind
Fear of the Lord: fear of God, reverence, piety
Find: thing sought
Knowledge: in highest sense, knowledge of God (including obedience)
God: the (TRUE) God; Yahweh is God in truth

IF you do these things — THEN, you will understand and have wisdom. Wisdom does not come by wishing. To get wisdom you must DO. It's all about the VERBS! Action is required. 

But not just any action—specific, directed action. 
RECEIVE. HEAR. APPLY. CRY OUT, SEEK. Verbs that are specific and are directed toward a goal of wisdom. 

Verbs, specific actions whose end result is wisdom and fearing God. But to begin with the first verb, RECEIVE, my heart must be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). For that is only way, I'll be willing to accept Wisdom's advice. It's all about the VERBS!

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