Proverbs 3:19-26. Fri. Day #20

King Solomon praises and glorifies God in that He is such a loving heavenly Father Who created heaven and earth for the benefit of His most precious creation - that of man.

Moments in Proverbs
Proverbs 3:19-28

It appears that King Solomon has completely changed the subject in his teaching to his son, but in reality he has not.  He was reminding his son how blessed he was.  While Solomon's son certainly had many privileges that came from being a king's son, that was not what Solomon was speaking about to his son here in this passage.  

Proverbs 3:19  The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; 

King Solomon, being the was the wisest man on earth at that time, knew that God - the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was the wisest of the wisest in all the world, and he simply turned his attention toward God Almighty to give Him His due recognition to his son.   Solomon took the focus off of himself by claiming God as the ultimate designer and provider for mankind as the Creator of the world.  As such, he was praising God to his son.

Good teaching has always been given to God's people in the first book of Moses - meaning the Book of Genesis - the 1st chapter.  Some words, however, may need to be researched back to the original Hebrew language to get the most accurate meaning of what the writer intended when he wrote the Scripture because this chapter hold many truths that science and the world wants to distort and Christians often deceived by their narrative, can overlook or misinterpret its true meaning. 

We must never forget that the Bible was written by Easterners to Easterners some 2000-3500 years ago in the Hebrew or Koine Greek languages that are foreign to us English speaking Westerners today.  The Eastern mind think different than the Western mind and we need to be mindful of the differences.  Fortunately, there are biblical scholars who have interpreted the Hebrew/Greek languages of the Bible into English through the use of the Strong's Concordance or other similar biblical study tools to research Scripture's most accurate meaning to help avoid any wrong interpretations. Then making use of Bible dictionaries and other Bible study tools helps us understand the Eastern mind of 2000 - 3500 years ago.

Let me read Proverbs 3:19 again:

Proverbs 3:19  The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; 

Let's go to Genesis, chapter 1

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  2.  The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep (Strongs Concordance H8415 - surging mass of water).  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God was careful to say here in our next verse in Proverbs 3:20 and we will see in the first chapter of Genesis that by His knowledge He divided the surging mass of waters let's read them both. 

Proverbs 3:20  By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.

Dew (Strong's Concordance H2919 as covering vegetation)

The clouds before the time of the flood of Noah, which came almost 1700 years later, did not break open to give rain upon the earth.  Instead the clouds were a covering for the earth to give dew upon the whole earth to give natural moisture to all vegetation.

Gen 1:6  Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

The Hebrew meaning for "firmament" according to the Strong's Concordance is H7549 - meaning a "visible arch in the sky."

The Complete Jewish Bible uses the word "dome" instead
of a "visible arch in the sky."  (David Sterns)

Gen 1:7  Thus God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so.

Gen 1:8  And God called the firmament Heaven...

So God called the firmament, which in Hebrew tells us it is a visible arch in the sky, as heaven.

Gen 1:9  Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.  10  And God called the dry land earth...

Gen 1:11  Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth...

God then speaks of the many blessings He has given mankind by creating the heavens and the earth.  In His infinite wisdom, God established, prepared, adorned, and beautified the earth, along with the hosts of luminaries of the sky, filled with the sun, moon and stars.  In other words, God is the ultimate provider for mankind and needs to be glorified and praised as such.

We, God's people need never forget to keep their focus on God as our Creator, but also the Creator of all of heaven and earth.  How He took created us to be someone really special in His eyes, but He also created an beautiful earth for us to live in, take care of, and He also created for us a heaven for us to enjoy for all eternity.  We can't take that for granted.  

Solomon then went back to remind his son to not forget what God has given him. 

We have studied about how to obtain God's wisdom again and again in these first three chapters.  So let me read it again first in the New King James Version and then I gathered several versions together to paraphraise it to be more 21st century friendly for us today to understand.  

 21.  My son, let them not depart from your eyes—keep sound wisdom and discretion;  22 So they will be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.  23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.  24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

In other words...again paraphrasing from more modern versions to say:

"Don't forget son, King Solomon keeps saying:  Keep God's wisdom and understanding, don’t let them out of your sight.  Remember, first comes knowledge, then get understanding, for out of that you will receive wisdom.  Wear knowledge, understanding and wisdom like a necklace around your neck so you know and others can see you are a godly young man.  Remember, as others are watching you, don't forget that you have a responsibility that comes with those  blessings from the Lord.  Make godly choices.  Make sure, son, to stay on this path of wisdom by choosing to be that young man of wisdom, and when you do, you will walk around in safety and not get hurt. You do not need to be afraid at night while you sleep and when you are awake.  As long as you walk in God's wisdom, you will live in peace.  What comes upon the wicked and rebellious, will not come to you because you can  be certain that the Lord will keep you safe, and His wisdom will keep you from being deceived by the enemy. "

That is it for today and this week.  Remember who you are in Christ, because the world watches us, and we too, as God's people carry a responsibity to the world to shine forth Jesus wherever we go.

God bless you, and have a great weekend.  We will again connect on Monday.

Pastor Joyce Erickson






Written by Pastor Joyce A. Erickson

Believers Bible School, Founder