Some time ago I began a study of Proverbs. My intention was to study the book and then teach it to my children. I didn’t get as far I would have liked, but as I read over my notes the other day, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on Proverbs 1:2. “To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding.”
Teaching my 5 year old daughter: Verse two of Proverbs gives us the first purpose of the book of Proverbs or why God put this book in the Bible. It is for us to know wisdom and instruction. He wants us to know (not just what it says, but in a way that changes our behavior) For example as I teach you the letters of the alphabet you are learning the letters and their sounds. Is that the whole reason we learn the alphabet? Just to say the names of the letters and sounds? No. It is so that you will be able to know the letters and sounds to be able to read words. When you can read words and then understand stories written in books, that’s when you “know” your letters the way God wants you to “know” wisdom, so that you can put it to use.)
God’s wisdom (how to live a godly life and make Godly choices). When you know God’s wisdom it‘s not just knowing what the Bible says, but you understand what it means and why that means you should live differently because of it. The Bible says “Honor your father and mother.” You can memorize those words, but if you don’t know what they mean you don’t have wisdom or if you know what they mean, but you don’t do what it says you don’t have wisdom. Wisdom is knowing the words, understanding them with the realization that they are true and then changing your behavior accordingly.
The second part of the verse says “to perceive the words of understanding.” We have the book of Proverbs so that we can understand the words that will bring understanding. Think again about those alphabet letters we were talking about. You need to understand the basics of the letters so that you can learn to read and understand words, sentences and stories. At that point you’ll know the letters so well it will be second nature to use them correctly. You will no longer have to think about what“A” says. Then you’ll understand your letters the way God intends for you to understand his Word.
I’m linked with Raising Homemakers, Women Living Well, Time Warp Wife, Faithfully Parenting Friday, and Works for Me Wednesday.
I love your illustration on this!
Susan Evans says
That’s a great analogy.
Great analogy! Love that you are teaching this to your five year old girl!
Michy loving our journey says
Stopping by from WLWW link up…and inviting you to mine!! I am starting a Faithfully Parenting Linky Party on Fri…this type of post is a great fit if you’d like to stop by and link up or read!!!!
We are currently studying wisdom and knowledge in our church and your father asked your permission to use this illustration. Thanks for sending it. It is wonderful that you are teaching the kids to understand and love God’s word.
This is a wonderful analogy – how lovely that you are teaching it to your daughter now!
michy loving our journey says
So glad you linked up!!!
Your post is similar to a discussion tonight w/hubby…reading the bible, quoting it, means nothing compared to living it–or trying to!!!
Bless you…I’m glad to see some fellow linkers come here and offer you support! 🙂 Blessings! Michy