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“It is common for a man to hate those whom they have injured.”
“Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in, the knowledge of the same.”
Proverbs 2:1-22“It is to be feared that even among those who hold and value much precious truth, diligent Bible study is on the wane.”
–Dr. Harry A. Ironside
Proverbs Chapter 2
Like 'the Good Father', which He is, let us now study and gain insight from Proverbs Chapter 2. Again, like Proverbs Chapter 1, posted June 10, 13, 2018, I shall also post Proverbs Chapter 2 in two posts, June 17-20, 2018. [See also for a season, the new Saturday Bi-Monthly Series, teaching how to 'dig deeper' in the Proverbs and the Whole Bible, began on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 'this 'Room'.]
First, let's look at what God says in the first eight verses from Proverbs Chapter 2. Notice very carefully, the word, 'if', making several 'conditional' statements in the verses. [1-2; 3; 4]. 'Then', see the 'result', found in verse 5. The LORD, in His wonderful and compassionate teaching style, later expands the 'provisions' in verses 6-8. It is no mystery, what God says. These are 'pearls of great value'. This is why it is written, 'to examine the Scripture', [Acts 17:11]. Further, we are encouraged by the inspired words of the Apostle Paul to his protege, young Timothy, as it is written, 'But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.' [2 Timothy 3:14-16]
God gives us direction, bit by bit. He knows we cannot 'fathom the depths' of His thoughts, for we are the clay, He the Potter. We do not even know our own thoughts. [Job 21:27; Psalms 92:5;94:11; 139:2; 139:17; Proverbs 12:5; 15:26; Isaiah 66:18; Jeremiah 4:14; Daniel 2:30; Amos 4:13; Jonah 1:6; Micah 4:12; Matthew 9:4; 12:25; 15:19; Mark 7:21; Luke 11:17; 1 Corinthians 2:11; 3:20; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 4:12] Nothing is 'hid' from the LORD.
Proverbs Chapter 2 Verses 1 - 8
1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding;
3 furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity
8 so that He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009.
IN SUMMATION: IF YOU, OR I:
Verses 1 and 2:
God wants you, me, to have 'an abundant life', on this earth unto eternity. [John 10:10; John 17:3; Luke 12:15] But, God, who is Sovereign, has set the 'conditions' for this to occur. And, make no mistake, unless and until, you come to Him, by and through faith in Jesus Christ, [condition precedent to all else available to you from and in the Word, from and in - The Triune God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, through God, the Holy Spirit], well, the 'if you are His' has not been met. Therefore, the 'then' or 'results' do not apply.
'Therefore', 'first things first'. 'WISDOM POINT ONE'. I pray you have 'changed your eternal destination' or, 'hear Him calling you' - TODAY and 'meet' the most important 'Condition Precedent' so that 'all else' will be available to you from the Most Awesome God and Father, the One, True, Almighty God, from this day forward and forevermore. [Psalm 95:7;Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14; Hebrews 3:7; 3:15; 4:7] Amen. Amen.
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