by Harley Howard

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Get Wisdom and Get an Understanding (5 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 4

1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Up until now we have seen Solomon constantly referred to "my son" whenever he instructs in the book. Now we see a change; and a significant one as well. It would appear that Solomon was involved in teaching all of his children God's wisdom, not just one of his sons. There are many great truths that we can glean from this verse alone.

First, it is the parent's responsibility, primarily the Father, to teach God's wisdom to his children. This is the parent's RESPONSIBILITY.

Second, it is the parent's responsibility to have God's wisdom to teach. This is the parents ACOUNTABILITY.

Third, the purpose of the teaching here is that the children may have an understanding of the doctrine of God and from God. This is the parent's TEACHABILITY.

For children to listen to God's wisdom being taught from us this must mean that we are to teach God's wisdom to our children and not our own feelings, beliefs and thinking. "There is no wisdom being taught to our children with a closed Bible except the wisdom of this world." We have seen clearly that the word of God is God's wisdom. All of what we are doing by keeping our bibles closed is to perpetuate biblical ignorance to our children.

2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Solomon makes a tremendous statement here. I give you good doctrine. This word doctrine consist of a most important threefold definition: knowledge which one, first "receives". If we do not have the right attitude as far as receiving the word of God is concerned, then forget all about receiving God's wisdom. The scriptures teach that we are to receive the word with meekness which is able to deliver your souls. James 1:19-25.

The scriptures teach that we are to receive the word of God as the word of God. Meaning that God te ...

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