Talks for Growing Christians
The Beginning of Knowledge
Lesson Number 1
- The primary author of Proverbs is King Solomon.
- The positive theme of Proverbs is fear God.
- The book of Proverbs is filled with ___________ sense advice for living. It is one of the most practical books in the Bible.
- Describe one suggested method for developing a good working knowledge of Proverbs.
- Verse 1 seems to indicate that Solomon is the only author of the book of Proverbs. Identify 3 chapters and verses which indicate that other inspired authors contributed to the book.
- Did Solomon write proverbs found in other books of the Bible? If so, identify the book or books.
- What is the purpose of the book of Proverbs given in verses 2-6?
- What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
- The book of Proverbs is filled with common sense advice for living.
- Reading one of the 31 chapters of Proverbs each day every month will help you develop a good working knowledge of Proverbs. You can double up on the reading in months with fewer than 31 days.
- Proverbs 24:23, 30:1 and 31:1 give us indications that other inspired writers did write some of the proverbs. “These are also sayings of the wise . . . ” (v 24:23), “The words of Agur . . .” (v 30:1), and “The words of King Lemuel . . .” support the observation that Solomon was the primary author, but not the only author of the book of Proverbs.
- Yes. Solomon wrote proverbs found in the book of Ecclesiastes. Furthermore, according to 1 Kings 4:32, Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1005 songs! Only about 900 of Solomon’s proverbs are contained in the Book of Proverbs.
- Verses 2-6 indicate that the purpose of the book of Proverbs is to give moral discernment and skillfulness for living a life that is pleasing to God.
- A concise way to explain the difference between knowledge and wisdom is as follows: Knowledge is the accumulation of truth in one’s mind. Wisdom is the application of truth to one’s life.
- Discuss how the fear of the Lord can be the positive foundation for both knowledge and wisdom. Consider why verse 7 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge?
- Do you habitually turn to God’s Word when faced with tough decisions or a need for counsel? Have you turned to the book of Proverbs for knowledge and wisdom? Begin a daily reading in the Book of Proverbs and see if your knowledge and understanding of the proverbs provide you with direction and wise counsel for each day.
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7