GOT KIDS? Interpreting Proverbs
Sorry for running behind … busy days. Here is the final word on our approach for interpreting Proverbs for our class on parenting. As Christians, we want to look at Proverbs from a Christian perspective. To do so, we see that Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10 tell us that it is “the fear of the Lord” that is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. In a few weeks I will cover the fear of the Lord but for now it can be considered an awe or reverence of the Lord that does have an element of terror. An example of the fear of the Lord is found in Exodus 20:20 where the people of Israel have just received the tablets of the ten commandments and the mountain was full of thunder, lightning, the sounds of trumpets and the mountain was smoking. A fear gripped the people so that they asked Moses to speak on their behalf and Moses then tells the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” Proper fear of the Lord leads us to not run away from God, but to approach him carefully and lead us away from sin.
In understanding this beginning, as Christians we find it in being rightly related to Jesus Christ where in 1 Corinthians 1:24 and 30 it tells us that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God and became to us wisdom. Colossians 2:3 tells us that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
So to properly use Proverbs in the Christian home, we need to filter our understanding of Proverbs through Jesus Christ. Hopefully I will be able to show how in the weeks to come.