GOT KIDS? The Intention of Proverbs for Parents
The intention of Proverbs is found in verses 2-4 of chapter 1 and is summarized in three actions: “To know,” “to receive,” and “to give.”
‘To know” is to be united in an intimate relationship. In terms of wisdom, this can be in two dimensions. One is the general wisdom that many of the proverbs give from the perspective of the created order. In other words, living a life where I do things that keep me from chaos. But the Christian perspective of Proverbs takes me much deeper than that. Many of the Proverbs are described from a personality perspective. For example, Proverbs 8 gives wisdom the features of being a person. 1 Corinthians 1: 24 and 30 state that Christ is our wisdom so we can conclude that wisdom for the Christian is found in “knowing” Jesus Christ. Much more to come about that principle!
“To receive” implies the picture of receiving something by opening your hands and having it placed in them. Then closing your hands and bringing it close to your body to have and protect. Verse 3 states that “righteousness” is to be received. In other words, you cannot go out and get it. However, through Jesus Christ, righteousness is offered. Doing Proverbs will not “get you” righteousness. Proverbs will only prove to you to be the foolish sinner you are. Christ, our wisdom, offers to us righteousness.
“To give” is that as you embrace Christ and learn that wisdom is found in him, you will find a resource of wisdom that proves to bring “proverbs life” to you and counsel to give to others through the gospel. What does the simple fool or the one who lacks knowledge need …. The gospel. Proverbs points us to Christ to know him and receive the gift of the gospel in order to give the good news of wisdom in Christ to others.
More on Christ our wisdom tomorrow.