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Saturday, August 12, 2017

PROVERBS 1:5

"A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel."


Adam Clarke says,
"I shall not only give such instructions as may be suitable to the youthful and inexperienced,
but also to those who have much knowledge and understanding. 
So said St. Paul:--We speak wisdom among those that are perfect (mature)."


"Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature;
a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;
but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; 
for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
but just as it is written, 
'Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.'
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; 
for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God."



Adam Clarke quotes from an old MS, 
"By hearyinge the wyse man shall come by more wysdome;
and by experience he shall be more apte to understonde a parable
and the interpretation thereof;
the words of the wyse and the darke speaches of the same."

This "darke speaches" may refer to "God's wisdom in a mystery,
the hidden wisdom which God predestined..."



So it begs the question, are we listening in order to increase learning?  Even though we are not longer spring chickens, we never get too old for that.  Are we understanding that we need to acquire wise counsel?  Where do we go to find this?  Is there a better source than the Word of God?  Think about that: the Word of God--God's very words.  Think, going back to the Garden where Adam and Eve went wrong when they listened to the serpent instead of God's instruction.  My, my, my, what consequences we are still paying for today.  Jesus often said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear.  He who designed the first ear from the dust at Creation is concerned that sons of Adam allow the very words of Christ Himself be heard.  (What was the very first words Adam heard?  Was it 'Very good!'?)



In John 10:27 we hear the words of Jesus, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me."  Oh the irony that we are described as sheep, a dumb creator not fit for flight or fight, but one who must be led and fed by a kind shepherd.





Finally in Revelation 5:20, "Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me."  Not only does opening the door bring salvation, but fellowship and conversing with and learning from Him.  That's where wise counsel comes from.



It is not just in Scripture where wisdom is found however, but by wise counsel from godly men and women.  Think of Priscilla who instructed Paul: imagine that, a woman teaching the Pharisee of Pharisees who had all the learning offered the elite Jews needing her instruction! 


Who do you go to for wisdom?  








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