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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Proverbs 9:10

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Intro: In Proverbs 1:7, Hebrew word translated beginning different from word translated beginning in text. 1:7 first in priority, the most important. Here it is first in order. The first step. You can have other knowledge and not fear Lord. You do not have wisdom unless you fear the Lord.
I. THE VALUE OF WISDOM.
A. It gives the proper or highest application to knowledge.
1. You may have much knowledge and little wisdom.
a. That is why smart people often do dumb things.
2. Much wisdom and little knowledge to be preferred over much knowledge and little wisdom.
3. I may know I am weak, and I may know that God can help me, yet never seek the help of God.
4. Many who are lost know that God can save them.
B. Wisdom is the key to true happiness (3:13).
1. Some of the smartest people I know are the most unhappy people I know.
a. A sign that read, "If you are not in a panic, you don't know what's happening."
b. It is possible to know too much.
c. Outside the Christian body, the happiest and most contented people are idiots.
C. The value of wisdom is incomparable (3:15 and 8:11).
D. David's advise to his son Solomon (4: 5-9).
II. HOW CAN I BE WISE?
A. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This is where it starts.
1. What is meant, "The fear of the Lord." How am I to fear Him?
a. Man today is beset by many fears.
1. Long listing of phobias.
2. Phobo-phobia.
b. You picture a child quivering in the corner as the bully approach, is this the kind of fear?
1. This is the kind of fear cast out by perfect love.
c. The fear of the Lord has been defined as reverential awe.
1. Recently invited to the white house to visit with the President.
2. Think of standing in the presence of God.
a. The respect for His greatness, His authority and power.
2. "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil." (8:13)
a. Pride, the feeling of superiority over others, is one of the dumbest things I can possess.
b. Arrogance, another foolish trait.
c. The forward mouth.
3. How can I receive the fear of the Lord?
a. It is a matter of choice (1:29).
b. By seeking to know God. (2:3-5).
1. You cannot know Him and not stand in awe of Him.
Sermon Notes for Proverbs 9:10 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Proverbs 13:7 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Psalm 1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 Next Book →
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