September 9 2009 by Doug
Proverbs 9:1(NIV) →Seven pillars: this is symbolic of the completeness of wisdom, both for knowledge and life. Completeness in knowledge: Anything else is an add-on in learning, it is wisdom that makes the framework for it. Knowing that DNA carries genetics does no good without wisdom, knowing what causes fire is no good without wisdom to guide when to use that knowledge. Completeness in life: your life will not support well without wisdom.
Proverbs 9:3(NIV) →Wisdom can be found, but you must go and seek it out. Note that she sends out her maids, but the seeker must respond and come to her. Portions of wisdom are easily found, but the fullness of it requires a responsive effort.
Proverbs 9:4(NIV) →All. Now, I know we can hash out that all is not always totally inclusive. I think it is generally inclusive here. There are a few people who will never seek out wisdom and such will remain fools. But all who will seek can find wisdom. You don't have to stay simple.
Proverbs 9:7(NIV) →Ever think that part of the problem in government schools is that parents are sending mockers to school? That perhaps parents should be training the mocker out of their kids before sending them to school, so that teachers can actually teach them? I know much of it is horror stories, but so often that seems to be what we hear from the education system, that 2 or 3 kids make it a nearly impossible environment. You can't wait until high school to fix it.
Proverbs 9:9(NIV) →How do you handle rebuke and correction? When properly given to a righteous person, we ought to accept and grow from rebuke, not be hateful over it. Consider it, take it for what it's worth, and go from there.
Proverbs 9:13(NIV) →Folly is not just loud. She's alone. Wisdom has maids to send out. Folly just has herself. Wisdom, apparently, attracts people that are willing to help out, while folly drives them away. Notice that with your work and attitude. Do you drive people off through folly?
Proverbs 9:17(NIV) →Stolen water tastes just like any other water. It's a sign of folly to judge food based on how it was acquired, when it doesn't really affect the taste. It's folly to need chaos to be satisfied.