7. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:8
9. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Let us take the first part of this verse
7. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge”
To take the Lord seriously we first need to have a fear of God. The right things that God has for us to do; we need to know it. How do we have the fear of the Lord? does this mean we need to shake in our boots. For some this may be a healthy thing so we will not do the wrong that satan has proposed for us.
To know the things that would direct our lives so we will not enter the trap of Satan's luring we must enter the fear of the Lord. One might ask. How do we get that fear? First; we need to have the fear of hell. Let us not be fooled. We know there is a hell don’t we. Even in the most layman of terms. Have we not heard “OH HeLL” or even from a most mean person “Go To Hell”. But unfortunately there is a generalization rather than a fear of being there.
Then there is the fear of gross sin. The ten commandments come to mind. Exodus 20:1-17 Many know that these sins exist. People know it. To some the fear keeps the sin away. To Others they are fools.
Fools despise wisdom and instruction
If we despise wisdom and instruction we are foolish. To be foolish is deliberate. An example is given in Prov 1:8
8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
There must have been a recognition at the time of writing of sons needing instructions from their father. I know with two sons that I need to instruct them on how to best deal with life’s situations. It does not finish there. “..and forsake not the law of thy mother:”
It was even known all the way back to the writings of proverbs that mum put down the law. hey; fathers be ready to instruct the sons.
9. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck
oh what grace that is in my head because of wisdom and instructions given from Dad and mum. As an adult we try to shake the chains off us. The chains of wisdom and instructions that has been given to us. We get weary or tired in well doing
Galatians 6:9. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
or even we become fools and despise wisdom and instruction that was given by Dad or Mum.
Given that we may have been taught wrong by Dad or Mum we need to look to God for His wisdom and surround us with wisdom and instruction from fellow believers in Christ. It is wise to read the bible and pray and get great wisdom and instruction in christ from other believers.
For those that do not know the Lord Jesus.; I encourage you to get hold of a fear of your destiny of a lifeless eternity; and to seek advise on how to know Him.
Because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge; and be not a fool; seek wisdom and instruction from my Lord who can be yours.
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