- Proverbs 7:1-5
- Prov 7:1 (KJB)
- My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
- Lay up - Store or keep hidden
- Here Solomon is admonishing his son to keep or observe all that he is
teaching him. In fact, not everything we learn from the Scriptures will be
used the same day. This is why we store the teachings of Scripture by
memorizing them because there definitely will come a time when we will
recall what we have previously learned and it will help us avoid trouble.
This is what Solomon wants his son to do, to make sure that he knows the
Scriptures because they are great shield to protect from wrongdoing.
(Psa 119:11 KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine
heart, that I might not sin against thee. The same
words used for “lay up” in Proverbs 7:1, is the same word for “have I hid”
in Psalm 119:11. We learn the word of God before we get into trouble. The
reason that so many Christians get into trouble is because they do not know
- Prov 7:2 (KJB)
- Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine
- Apple - Pupil
- Just as the pupil of the eye is precious to the eye, it is mandatory
that the Christian keep the law of God. It is not speaking necessarily of
keeping the Mosaic law as Solomon’s son would have understood it, but for us
today we obey the law of God which is found in the Scriptures.
(James 2:8 KJV) If ye fulfil the royal law
according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do
well: The royal law is to love our neighbor as
ourselves, that is, we want to desire the highest good for them as we do for
ourselves. That highest good is salvation and we must know the Scriptures to
be able to bring it to others. We not only keep or observe the commandments
to help us avoid trouble, we observe them to bring them to the world.
- Prov 7:3 (KJB)
- Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
- Not only are we to observe the commandments for the purpose of being
obedient to them but we are to be ready to put those commandments into
practice. That is why we are told to bind them upon our fingers so we will
put them into practice. Just as the fingers are vital part of the hand, the
commandments are a vital part of the believer’s life. This is why we are to
“write them” upon the table of our heart. This means we are to make the
Scriptures our filter for life. We must filter all our actions through the
Scriptures and this way we will be in obedience to them and it will be a
normal part of our life, the rule instead of the exception. Too many
Christians see the Scriptures as the exception rather than the rule.
- Prov 7:4 (KJB)
- Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding
- The Scriptures will grant us wisdom and understanding to the point that
when we make them the rule in our life, they will become to us as a family
member which is near and dear to us. If you notice the Scriptures use women
as a point of reference. Women have been specially created by God with very
intimate emotions and insights. The Scriptures also give us insights into
our being in which we would otherwise be ignorant of. This is why a family
member is mentioned simply because those in our family know us better than
anyone else on earth. Family members know our weaknesses and the Scriptures
also point out our weaknesses so we may turn them into strengths.
- Prov 7:5 (KJB)
- That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger
which flattereth with her words.
- Here Solomon once again counsels his son to make sure he knows the
Scriptures very intimately because they will point out his weaknesses and
when we know those weaknesses, we can turn them into strengths. The world is
filled with those who flatter and that flattery, unless we can see through
it, has the ability to bring us down and cause us to sin. When he speaks of
the strange woman, we must also look at that as false gospels, because false
gospels and their adherents have the ability to flatter and cause us to
follow false teachings. In these last days, one of the main strategies that
Satan uses to derail the believer is diversion.
(Heb 13:9 KJV) Be not carried about with divers
and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be
established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that
have been occupied therein.