Proverbs — News From The Source – Part 3
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Proverbs 1:7-9
Men seek for knowledge to answer the great and small questions of life. They go to great lengths to discover new methods and systems to serve humankind and amass wealth in various sciences and disciplines of higher learning. As a result we have all seen great advances in medicine, in the arts, in engineering, aviation, automation, advancements in exploration and discovery, in systems of global communications and in so called day to day more efficient tools for just about any job. But instead of honoring God who revealed these hidden truths to them many at the forefront of these inventions and discoveries have taken full credit for them ignoring any intervention by God. They have done what God warned Israel not to do when they came out of bondage in Egypt into the land flowing with milk and honey.
“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land ofEgypt, from the house of bondage;
Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 8:6-20
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because it establishes in the heart of the one seeking wisdom that it is only attainable through one source and that source is not to be ignored, dismissed, denied or mocked. The Lord is God and there is no power greater then His. There is no knowledge or wisdom that can be found in any other source. All wisdom comes from God the Creator. He has created all things and He alone sets the terms by which everything exists and is intended to function in harmony with one another. His Godhead is established on justice and righteousness. He has set the boundaries of good and evil, and of justice and mercy.
As He warned Adam and Eve that in the day that they would eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they would surely die, He also warned Israel when they came into the land of promise that when they gained wealth and were living well from the good of the land and prospering because of the favor of God’s hand upon them, if they forget the Lord their God and began to say their wealth was the result of the work of their own hands and God had noting to do with it, they would surely die.
The fear of the Lord and a healthy respect and submission to His Word would guarantee their continued prosperity and good favor. But God’s judgment and vengeance would be the reward of the wicked, who through pride and arrogance attempt to exalt themselves above the power, majesty, dominion and authority of God.
For us, the message of the passage is this. To fear God is to put His Word, His Will and His authority over our lives above and before all things, knowing that we, because of our sin, deserve nothing but judgment, but because of His love, mercy and grace toward us we have been forgiven.
Now, because we have partaken of His love and grace, call Him Lord and do things He commands of us because we love Him and obey Him knowing that He has the power to give life and to destroy it.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the beginning of knowledge.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
Our fear of the Lord is the foundation on which our faith in His Word is built, and we will stand unwavering and sure on the truth that only what God has said is true and what he has promised He will do.