Proverbs — News From The Source – Part 21
“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.” Proverbs 4:1-6
Solomon learned sound wisdom from an early age, which is exactly what the Law of Moses instructed fathers and mothers to do with their children, to teach them sound doctrine, teach them the letter and the spirit of the law, teach them practical wisdom in mundane everyday things as well as lofty principles of higher learning that would guide them in understanding the truth of Creation and God’s will and purpose for their lives.
Education was, from the beginning of the nation, intended to be centered in the home. There was no such thing as public education. Parents were to submit themselves to the rule of God’s laws and then to live by them at all times setting the example for their children and then the children were instructed to imitate their parents words as well as actions. [Deuteronomy 5:9.10; 6:7]
“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 11:19
God never intended for there to be a dichotomy between principles of the law and the righteous application of the Law. Talking about the Law was fundamental to doing the law, but Wisdom was not given as a set of moral codes merely to be contemplated or just argued about, verbally disputed over or merely made the subject of polite conversation, if there was nothing better to talk about. [James 1:22]
No. Wisdom was considered then, and still is today, central and essential to a life marked by obedience to God that would result in blessing and success in every Godly pursuit of life.
There was a special bond between Father’s and sons, and likewise a special bond between Father’s and daughters. There was also a unique bond between mother’s and sons as there was a unique bond between mother’s and daughters. Each child was to be instructed in wisdom from birth. Their minds were to be imprinted with the Words and wisdom of the Laws of God. They were to learn the words of their fathers and mothers and as soon as they are able to ask questions they were to be taught to speak the Word and let it guide their thoughts and actions.
Then they were, and today still are, instructed to continue to seek wisdom all their lives, to pursue understanding not just a surface awareness but a deeper, to-the-heart-knowing that cannot be easily dismissed or shaken.
What is sown in the heart will remain, but it must be continually cultivated and supported with the water of the Word.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
To know a truth as a child has meaning, but to continue to pursue that truth, proving it in tests and trials over years of life, deepens its authority and power in our lives.
How often I have read or considered a passage of scripture that I have known for many years only to suddenly discover in it deeper meaning and significance to the broader truth of God’s Word. It’s like discovering a new and more satisfying, more exciting treasure that opens a way to a new world of riches never seen before.
A few years ago I had one of those revelations concerning tithes and offerings. I had been tithing since the day I learned it was God’s will for me to do so in thanksgiving to Him for His provision for me and in order for Him to bless and provide for me in ways I could never have imagined. But, there was another truth that I had missed for many years.
In the same passage [Malachi 3] where God the Father called us to bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in His house, and prove Him now therewith if He would not open the windows of Heaven and pour us out a blessing that there would not be room enough to receive it, and He would rebuke the devourer for our sake, that he would not destroy the fruit of our ground, neither would the fruit of those things we had planted for the future be destroyed by the enemy, nor fall off the vine prematurely before ripening and just be lost in the field, God also said that the nation had robed Him in tithes and offerings, another kind of tithe so to speak, at least another commandment of the law, not of sin and death, but a commandment of the law that Jesus summoned us to in the law of the Spirit of Life in Him.
The offerings over and above the tithes were primarily gifts/provisions given to support and provide for the poor and needy, the widows and orphans, those too young to take care of themselves or those to infirm or too old to provide for themselves. And these offerings were not to be done in small measure. They were to be generous and bountiful. Revelation! A light went on in my spirit! That’s it, I said!
From the day I received that truth I determined every dollar and every source of increase I received would also be subject to as generous an offering as I could make particularly to assist the legitimately poor and needy. The results have been and continue to be amazing.
God is true to His Word. Yes, every promise in Him is Yes and Amen. [2 Corinthians 1:20] When we, through wisdom and understanding, take hold of His Word and are true to speaking it, loving it, and living it, there is no limit to what God can and will do in our lives.