Study 1 of 13 on Proverbs
Scriptural Basis: Gen. 1:1; Exod. 19:16; 20:20; Proverbs 1–3; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4. Key Text: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7, NKJV).
“Pick any popular speaker, preacher, leader…are they wise? Or are they overflow of knowledge? Knowledge that intimidates you to believe that they are wise. Think about it….just because someone can repeat the books of the Bible, John 3:16, Psalm 119 and all the four Gospels AND Acts… doesn’t make them spiritual…it just indicates they have the ability to remember well. Now if they took those books of the Bible and the content that they memorized…and put them into action that brings positive, non-invasive, respectful change in the community around them…hmmm…now that’s wisdom right there…and it is calling us to join that party.”—Falvo Fowler
1. How would you define “fear of the Lord”? 2. In our relationship with God, what is the connection between love and reverence? 3. What is Wisdom? 4. According to the Book of Proverbs, what are the characteristics of wisdom? 5. How is wisdom different from knowledge? 6. Proverbs 1:8–19. What two contrasting ways of “education” are presented in these verses? 7. If God granted Solomon’s wish for wisdom, how could Solomon still have gone wrong? 8. Why is discipline so crucial in gaining wisdom?