January 17, 2016 Series: Proverbs: Wisdom and Human Flourishing
Topic: Wisdom Passage: Proverbs 1:1–7
Just as our US Constitution has a preamble before the main document, the book of Proverbs contains a preamble before the main content of the book itself. And Proverbs 1:1-7 serves as the preamble to the book as a whole. And the focus of the preamble is to exhort, motivate and encourage us to get wisdom. It serves as a preamble in two ways which we explore this morning.
First, by giving us the Purpose of Proverbs. That is our first point in our outline. The purpose is summarized for us in v.2 where it says, “To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight.” Verses 3-6 then expand on this summary showing us how wisdom will shape both our thinking and ultimately our character. The second point is The Principle of Proverbs which is stated in v.7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Of course, this challenges us with the question, which are we, growing in wisdom or living in our foolishness?