Parenting, Proverbs, and the Gospel

proverbsparentingmainThe book of Proverbs has more to say about the practical side of parenting than any other book of Scripture. This makes the study and mastery of Proverbs a must for parents. All of Scripture was written ultimately by the Holy Spirit, who both anticipated the coming of Christ and built upon his advent with every word he breathed out for our good. Proverbs is no exception. If you want to teach your children the true meaning of Proverbs, you must do so through the lens of the gospel. Understanding the cultural and linguistic issues is vital, but no more so than understanding that the Holy Spirit anticipated that coming of Christ and his teaching in Proverbs. The following series of posts on Proverbs will attempt to help you do just that.

I want to begin with the opening verses of chapter 2. This passage describes the consuming passion necessary to apprehend the knowledge of God. Here are the first verses in this chapter:

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

There is a series of if statements culminating with a then statement in verse 5. The goal of the first four verses is found in this fifth verse: understanding the fear of the Lord and finding the knowledge of God. The preceding four verses describe how this knowledge is to be acquired.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]