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Proverbs 7:1-5

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Proverbs 7:1-5

New King James Version (NKJV)

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.

My Thoughts:

  1. So let’s start with (v. 2) we read “Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye”
    1.   “and the law as the Apple of your eye” just as with all the important things in our lives we should keep God’s law close to us and honor them. They should be as precious as a new born baby.
  2. In (v. 3) we read “Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart”
    1. When I read this the first thing I think of is being a young boy and my mother telling me to put a string on my finger to remember something.
    2. We are asked to not only remember the commandments God has given us but we are ask to write them upon our hearts and when we do this we will not keep them out of fear but out of love. ( Deut. 6:8; 11:18)
  3. And we will finish today with (v.5) “That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words”
    1. With her words of Honey she will sweet talk you and say all the right things the issue is that it will not last, as time passes the truth always comes out and all we are left with is a sticky mess. (Compare to 6:24; Ps. 5:9)

Thought of the Day

Say unto Wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call Understanding thy kinswoman.

Meyer, F. B. Our Daily Homily

This wisdom might seem to be too unearthly and ethereal to engage our passionate devotion, unless we remember that she was incarnated in Jesus Christ, who, throughout this book, seems forth shadowed in the majestic conception of wisdom. And who shall deny that the most attractive and lovable traits blended in his matchless character as Son of Man and exalted Redeemer.

With what sensitive purity He bent his face to the ground and wrote on the dust, when her accusers brought to Him a woman taken in the act of sin! With what thoughtfulness He sent word to Peter that he was raised, and provided the meal for his weary and wave-drenched sailor friends on the shores of the lake! With what quick intuition He read Mary’s desire to anoint Him for the burying!

It was this combination of what is sweet in woman and strong in man, which so deeply satisfied men like Bernard, Rutherford, Fénélon, and thousands more, who have been shut out from the delights of human love, but have found in Jesus the complement of their need, the satisfaction of their hunger and thirst. In Him, for them, was restored the vision of the sweet mother of early childhood; of the angel sister who went to be with God; of the early love that was never destined to be realized.

Women find in Jesus strength on which to lean their weakness; and men find in Him the tender; thoughtful sympathy to which they can confidently, entrust themselves. We are born for the infinity and Divine; earthly loves, at their best, are only patterns of things in the heavens. They are priceless; but let us look into them and through them, to behold the unseen and eternal that lie beneath.

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What do you think (v. 4) are saying?
  2. What other things do you see in the text?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Continue to have a prayer list and continue to praying for them.
  3. Pray with them and ask for the following;
    1. For God to give us the understanding of His commandments.
    2. For God to help us write His commandments on our hearts.
    3. For the individuals on your pray list.
  4. Let’s use (1 John 3:16) for today’s prayer verse.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

2 comments on “Proverbs 7:1-5

  1. Amalia Mullen
    September 30, 2011

    I like the devtional on Jesus embodying the fullness of beauty and grace found in wisdom, referred to as the Holy Spirit. We see in Luke how the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and the power of the Highest will overshadow her and Jesus, the Son of God shall be concieved, Luke 1:35. We see in Isa. 9:6 “For unto us a child is born…..and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God. The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”. Jesus is actually everything. Col. 2:9 ” For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Now in putting the devotion together with the verses above we see that we are to “write the law on the tablets of our hearts”; this we see Jesus makes easier. John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but the grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Jesus showed us how to balance the law with love and grace. It’s easy to see rules and regulations as restrictions, if we don’t see the benefits and our (and mankind’s) greatest interest at heart. In Jesus we see wisdom and gentleness of the Holy Spirit, obedience of the Son, and power of the Father. When we have God in us through the allowing of the Holy Spirit, Jesus in us we also claim power through God to do all things; we also embody God in us. What beauty and what privilege.

    • bobh6
      October 3, 2011

      When we embrace Christ, He will live in us, now this does not mean that we are now perfect but it means that we are made perfect through Him. And I agree that it is a beautiful gift that He has given us.

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