GOT KIDS? The Purpose of Proverbs for Parents
In learning about the Book of Proverbs for parenting, we need to start with understanding the make-up of the book. There is design and meaning to it as part of the canon of Scripture.
The Purpose of Proverbs
Most of Proverbs is written by Solomon who is king of Israel and it is important to realize that he is in the line of Abraham, Isaac through David. The reason for this is the covenants that God had established with them. God has a plan for the people associated in this line that includes that he would be their God and they would be his people. The covenants also contained instructions in how to live in the blessing of such a relationship.
Solomon as king was also tasked with the responsibility to be the first teacher of Israel and to train the next king in the family line. Proverbs is essentially a training manual for leadership in skill, expertise and competence in how life works so the next king can properly lead the nation.
In summary, we can say that Proverbs teaches us how to find order in the concerns of life. We also learn:
- Wisdom and Proverbs “life” are within our grasp so it is attainable
- Wisdom is a gift from God but it is one that will require work to learn to use
- Wisdom according to Proverbs calls us to a decision to stand with the wise or fall with the fool
- Proverbs teaches us that life is complex but not not have to be chaotic
Tomorrow the intention of Proverbs