The wisest man who ever lived was a failure. Solomon, who built the great temple of the Lord and ruled during Israel’s Golden Age, was renowned for his God-given wisdom (1 Kings 10:1). He was king to a nation, father to his own sons, and a father figure to the sons of Israel. He even wrote three books of the Old Testament. How could one so blessed be a failure? Solomon’s proverbs give the answer and point us to a Christian’s greatest blessing.
The book of Proverbs is not isolated from the rest of Scripture, as if it contained a separate wisdom. Neither is it isolated from God’s other promises to His people. On the contrary, in Proverbs, King Solomon constantly alludes to the wisdom and promises revealed throughout God’s Word, referring to his own knowledge of already-existing Scripture.
Knowing God’s Word
Let’s consider a few comparisons. Solomon begins by reminding us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, echoing Moses’s proclamation to Israel that the fear of God would keep them from sin (Proverbs 1:7; Exodus 20:20). He reminds us that the upright inhabit the land and those with integrity remain in it, just as Moses had proclaimed when Israel was preparing to enter the Promised Land (Proverbs 2:22; Deuteronomy 6:1–3). Solomon also reminds Israel that success and blessing are not given to those who selfishly pursue them, but to those who obey God’s Word (Proverbs 3:1–4; Deuteronomy 6:1–3; Joshua 1:7).
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