Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Christ The Great Teacher Proverbs 1: 1-10 V.7 : “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; fools despise wisdom and instruction”.
The first words of Proverbs are the book’s own introduction to its nature and purpose. The heading ‘Proverb’s of Solomon’ makes a statement regarding the whole book’s authority as a collection of truly Solomonic wisdom. In the V.2-7, we can see various technical term’s used for the word “wisdom”. There are fourteen different nouns used for wisdom or wise sayings in order to show totality. V. 2 -3 are concerned with learning ; V. 4 with teaching; V. 5 with the teacher or sage; V. 6 with understanding wisdom writings and V. 7 with fear of the Lord.
The verse (V.7) is the climax of the introduction given in the passage. It means; for the Lord is the source of blessings for the wise. The phrase means, giving to one’s God what is due, knowing and accepting one’s place in the universe. It primarily designates neither an emotion nor general reverence, but rather a conviction that one should honour and serve a particular God.
V. 8-10, is a typical piece of advice. It begins with a challenge to attentiveness, to listen to the Father’s instructions and the mother’s teaching. The challenge has a promise attached to it, that wisdom is not only beneficial but attractive. Here, it establishes a household in the sense of learning to live well as an adult, accepting traditional wisdom and discerning where true life is to be found. The V. 10 is a warning not to follow the path of sinners; as it will lead you to darkness, so it urges to not give your consent to join them in their sins.
Jesus is the greatest teacher of wisdom. He taught all the wise sayings in a very simple and understanding language. His audience were always the common people and for them his way of teaching was very unique. The central theme in Jesus’ teaching was ‘the kingdom of God’. His teaching included some of the proverbial statements too, thus bringing light to the God’s word of wisdom. Proverbs always urges us to be obedient to the word of God and to understand the instructions given in the right way to lead a true life. Christ’s teaching also leads us to the light to live a truthful life.
Prayer O Lord Almighty, Bless us all with thy wisdom and knowledge to understand the meaning of true life. O Lord, enlighten our minds to make careful choices and to take steps and pursue directions that honour and glorify Thy name. Amen
Thought of the day “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths”. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Mrs Sony Mary Abraham W/O Rev. Sibu Abraham Mathew Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Karthikapally
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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