1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and live,
And my law as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your nearest kin,
5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.
You have to love the imagery Solomon uses to bring wisdom and understanding near to us. We are to say to wisdom, “you are my sister.” Within a family, some of the closest relationships are within the siblings. They grow up together, they are with each other for hours of their childhood, they share so many first experiences together, they fight and make up over and over thus deepening the bond between them. When we think of a sister we think of a very special person in our lives. This is the imagery behind Solomon’s call to think of wisdom as a sister. You want to call her, you ask her for advice, you miss her when she is not with you, her counsel stays with you, and you look forward to being with her again. Can you think of wisdom in these terms?
He then calls understanding “your nearest kin.” Closer than a sister, who is your nearest relative and just how close are you? Your nearest kin is a relative whose invitation to go or do anything with won’t be refused. Your nearest relative is one whose call you look forward to. Can you call “understanding” your nearest relative? Is “understanding” the first call you make and the appointment you won’t miss? To understand something is to know the outcome before you begin. Understanding keeps us from surprising mistakes and regrets. Let’s get close to “understanding.”
Verses 1-3 call us to treasure the father’s commands, keep the commands and live, to keep his law as the apple of our eye, to tie them around our fingers, and to write them on the tablets of our hearts. My friends, I fear that we do not give wisdom near enough attention in our day to day lives. I trust this Proverbs study is bringing all of this to the forefront of your thinking more and more. As we follow wisdom, we won’t follow nor will we be successfully enticed by the immoral people all around us. We need this instruction and these relatives.
Welcome to Friday morning. I’ve been working on my message for Sunday and will be back on 1 John 2 looking at our anointing and our abiding. For a good study, look at how John in his gospel records the word “abide” used by Jesus. Once you have looked at each reference then go to 1 John 2 to see how John uses the teaching of Jesus on “abiding.”
Be in prayer for Sunday as pastors all over are preparing their hearts and minds to proclaim the word of God.
Have a great day in the Lord,