Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THE SAYINGS OF THE WISE ARE OFTEN CONSIDERED OBSOLETE BY THE NEW GENERATIONS OF TODAY. Instead Of Learning From What The Older Generations Have Discovered, Too Many People Think That Being Creative Is Disregarding The Past To Create The Future. Unfortunately, the past repeats itself even if the players of history are not the same.

Can someone please clarify what this chapter is basically saying , and to whom it applies?

Harry Riches

Harry Riches Answer requested by Jamar Grimsley

Proverbs is considered to be the sayings of the wise. However, it was also used as a book to instruct those who were to be members of the kings’ courts. The nobles received instruction about life at a level that surpassed those who formed the general population. Unfortunately, much of what was taught was disregarded because it has to do with relationships and matters such as justice, faith, mercy and the love of God. Machiavellian tendencies surface because of our inherent pride of life, more often than not, and that which brings true joy is overridden.

Nonetheless, we find in the book of Proverbs much which has to do with not only justice, faith, mercy and the love of God, but also what fools do, compared to the wise.
Fools despise wisdom. Wisdom is only found when a person acknowledges the Creator God is greater than a mere fool or any person who would deny His existence. Hence we read from this chapter of Proverbs:
  • Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain from it is better than gain from silver and its profit better than gold. (Proverbs 3:13–14)
  • The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke forth, and the clouds drop down the dew. (Proverbs 3:19–20)
The chapter challenges the reader to consider that life is more than material goods and the acquisition of wealth, for none of these can prolong a person’s life or provide any insight to the reason we exist.

There is One who can provide us with the reason for existence. This is the Creator who is really the Lord of Life and no person possesses His knowledge, nor the understanding of all the principles by which the Universe has been made, nor the wisdom that He has.

Just consider how the clouds bring dew to refresh the Earth. What man can create that as the Creator has? Even the snow that is artificially created by man, falls short, and does not have the incredible characteristics found in the unique snowflakes that are the creation of the Creator.

Basically, chapter three of Proverbs is saying that people are fools if they reject the idea that the Creator is smarter than them. Or if they think they have no need of knowing Him.

Only Those Who Truly Want To Know The Truth Begin An Earnest Search For Truth

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