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 the Scriptures.
Prov 7:2 (KJB)
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
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 thy kinswoman:
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.