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Proverbs 4–The discourse between Father and Son

 


Proverbs 4 King James Version (KJV)

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

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

3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.


Dual meaning

These verses have a dual meaning, the writer is Solomon, but the words are also the words of Christ. When you read it with that in mind, it gives the words a whole new depth of meaning. I have often read of Jesus going to a secluded place to pray, early in the morning, during his time on earth. I have often wondered what He prayed. Many of the Psalms and Proverbs contain the prayers of the Son of God, and we are privileged to read the sweet and holy discourse between the Father and the Son.

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In verses 1-3, Solomon clearly is writing of himself, as beloved of his mother, Bathsheba, and taught by his father, David. But they are also the words of The Father to His Son. Jesus was the beloved Son of his mother Mary, and He kept all the commandments of His Father, and never sinned, not even once.

Jesus fulfilled these verses

He exalted wisdom, in teaching the people. And, as verses 8-10 states, He was exalted, and crowned. His name is above every other name, He is King of Kings, and because He lived a perfect life, He is our worthy Savior. He lives forever, and He is seated at the right hand of our Father, ever interceding for us.

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Related: Live to please God as Jesus did


He is coming again

The first time, He was the Lamb. The next time, He will come as the Lion. That is the “perfect day” of verse 18. In verses 19-27, the Father speaks to the church, to keep our hearts with all diligence, and so be ready when He comes again.

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Related:  How do I pray?


 

 

 

 

 

Day to Day Dedication

Mood music:

 “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy

“Cult of Personality” Living Color
 

Update: happy and blessed in the Lord. Settling in here in Kentucky. We left Baton Rouge about three weeks ago. I’ve really seen the Lord provide amazing ways like to be able to go into but I want to protect other people’s privacy so I can’t go into detail. But we are very blessed the Lord has met all of our needs according to His riches in glory. I have started posting brief audio clips to the Wilderness Well page on Facebook. My husband and I have been reading “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and it has inspired me to record the audio clips.

I’m learning a lot from the devotionals, such as being thankful in all circumstances. I’m also trying to be consistent, and finish things I start, like the series of Proverbs posts, on this blog….And….Drum roll….The ebook I am writing, called The Well in the Wilderness. More details about that to follow.

 

Thank you for reading. Please pray for me that I will be able to stay consistent with the important things, and not always be distracted by the seemingly urgent.

 

Here is what is currently inspiring me:

My Utmost For His Highest

Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

“Freedom in the Home” by Frances Allen

 

Have you read any of these? I would enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments.

Psalm 106

I was reading this Psalm this morning, there is a wealth of knowledge and a lot of instruction in this Psalm. I love the Psalms, they are filled with praise; they reveal Christ as Messiah, and included in the Psalms are the very prayers that Christ prayed on earth, including while He was on the Cross. I encourage you, as you read this post, to look up these scriptures, and read them for yourself. The Lord still speaks through His word, and as you make a habit of reading it, He will give you insights and revelations, and you will find that your relationship with the Lord will become stronger. I have heard people teach, and it is true, that prayer is how we speak to the Lord, and the bible is how He speaks to us.

The Psalms reveal Christ as the only perfect man who ever lived, many of the prayers recorded here are prayers that He alone was able to pray, as the sinless Son of God. Here are revealed the perfect intercessory prayers of Christ—He prayed as us—as if He were us, praying in our place, the things that we ought to pray, but cannot or will not.

Christ intercedes for us, He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, by going to the Cross, on our behalf, because it would have done no good for us to have gone to the Cross. He still intercedes for us, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, having accomplished what He was sent to earth to accomplish, and it was accepted as a forever sacrifice, never needing to be repeated. It was the Cross that made all these things possible. How can you go beyond that?

You can’t.

Psalm 106:1-6

1Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?

3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

4Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

5That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

6We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

This Psalm begins with praise, as our prayers should begin with praise. This Psalm follows the pattern of the Lord’s prayer, given to us in Luke 11:1-4

The Lord’s prayer begins with praise and then the phrase “thy will be done” sets the proper tone for how we should be praying—with the Lord’s will in mind—not ours.

Psalm 106:4-5

4Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

5That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

Then we are to ask for what we need, knowing that our Heavenly Father knows better than we do, what is truly good for us.

Luke 11:11-13

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Lord wants us to persist in prayer….

Luke 11:5-10

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Next we ought to confess our sins, Psalm 106:6; Luke 11:4; We need to forgive people who have sinned against us, and pray for them as Job did (Job 42:7-8). It is best to let the Lord deal with the situation, and not take matters into our own hands. The Lord can do a much better job any way, and if we truly have the Spirit of Christ, we will weep for them, not rejoice, when the Lord does deal with the situation.

 

Psalm 106:7-12

7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.

10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

We are to remember and thank the Lord for all that He has done for us. If we don’t it tends to lead to apathy, and then grumbling, which is sin, and leads to greater sins.

How do I pray?

If you don’t know what to pray, just praise Him! In your prayer time, thank Him for all that He has done for you, thank Him for all the good things He has given you. Read the Psalms to inspire prayers of thankfulness and praise and worship. Praise and worship should be a big part of your prayer life.

Spend time praying in the spirit, if you are not yet baptized in the Holy Spirit, seek it. Start and end your day with prayer, make it a routine. There may be times when your prayer life may seem dry, but keep seeking Him. He said He will manifest Himself to those who diligently seek Him.

The Table in the Wilderness

Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

That table is the perfect prayer of faith that we pray when we pray in tongues. the oil mentioned here is a type of the Holy Spirit when He fills us, His presence fills us so completely it flow out and manifests in our prayer language, as the Holy Spirit causes us, in our spirit , to send up a perfect prayer of faith, asking for exactly what is needed; when we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what we out to pray for and all the enemy can do is stand there and watch those prayers go up.