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Proverbs 24:30-34

Author: Scott Foutz

Text: Proverbs 24:30-34 "The Call to Understand"
Prop: God provides us w/ resources to apply wisdom to every situation.

II. The Role of Wisdom
   A. Meaning of "Wisdom"= skilled living (vs. mere knowledge)
   B. Wisdom in the Canon = Job, Ecclesiastes & Proverbs

I. The Proverb (vv. 33-34)
   A. The Proverb serves as a guide in living the righteous life/ avoiding error.
     1. Addresses a variety of social/personal issues (business, relations, etc)
     2. Proverbs promise to protect and reward the wise man.

   B. The proverbs themselves are limited in their scope
      1. Not all possible situations are addressed.
      2. Human experiences sometimes differs from the proverb's claim (cf. 11:8)
      3. Possible results:
         a. Increasing seperation of Biblical truth from daily life.
         b. Confining "wisdom" to smaller and smaller areas.
         c. Misundestanding the author's intent.

II. The Person (vv. 30-32)
   A. The individual is essential to the process.
      1. Observe (v. 30-31)
         a. the world
         b. self
      2. Meditate (v. 32a)
         a. on Scripture: Foundational to an understanding of man. (cf. ANET)
         b. on experience
      3. Learn (v. 32b)
         a. new application of ancient wisdom
         b. the standard: Fear of the Lord (1:7; Job 28:28)

   B. The individual is the direct beneficiary.
      1. Life (3:1-2, 8)
      2. Guidance (3:5-6)
      3. Reward (3:9-10)

   A. The Process:
      1. Fear of the Lord (I.e., Respect, Awe, Recognition)
      2. Knowledge of Scripture (Our Foundation of Knowledge)
      3. Meditation upon Experience (Incorporate Prayer)
      4. Application of What We Have Learned (Obedience)
   B. The Result:
             Spiritual & Eternal Wisdom which is Applicable to Any Situation.


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