In praying about the best way to beging this study, there were times when I found myself debating with the Lord as to whether or not to begin with an in-depth "Word" study in the Hebrew - or to just ask questions of each one of you (and myself) what the word "wisdom" means in our own life. But, He kept leading me back to two specific passages to share with you as an introduction to "Obtaining Wisdom".
We will see, during these next couple of months of study in this series on "Obtaining Wisdom", that we will actually be learning about life changing applications of Biblical Truths.Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Understanding, all flow together. Often times the same root word is translated into these various words.
It is my deepest desire for us to prayerfully consider what God, Himself, has to say about wisdom, and that, during our times of study here together, He will guide us into a clearer understanding of what roll wisdom can have in our lives as we learn to study and apply all that He chooses to share with us through His Word.
"Father, God, it is with fear and trembling that I come before You in putting together this next study series. I ask, Lord, by Your Holy Spirit to prepare our hearts to receive all that You have for us, and that You would open up our eyes to see and our minds to understand the application of Your Word to our day to day lives. Father, You, alone, know my heart, and the hearts of those how are joining in on this study. Show us how to grow in Your wisdom, and how to continue to walk wisely in accordance with Your word, bringing all glory and honor to Your Precious Name. Amen."
In preperation for our journey on the path to obtain wisdom, our homework assignment is to get a fresh notebook. The first thing I would like us to do is to write out what man says "Wisdom" means (use whatever resources you have on hand, dictionaries, reference books, school books, etc.). Next, read Proverbs 8 completely through - two or three times would be great, cross referencing in a modern translation as well as a standard (King James or Revised Standard), making notes about how wisdom is portrayed within these passages.
Next week we will be doing some "word" studies into the root Hebrew words used to translate into our Bibles, and their various meanings, so if you are anxious to get started, feel free to get out your Strongs Concordance, and Lexicons and begin to dig for yourselves!
This will be an interactive study, and I am looking forward to your comments. If you have any questions, or comments along the way, please, feel free to use the 'comments' section. May you be blessed as you go forth serving our Lord Jesus Christ in all you do.
Let us start with looking at the word most used in the Old Testament -The original Hebrew word is hmkx - "Chokmah" pronounced as khok-maw', which is a noun, feminine in origin/usage (you'll note that, especially in Proverbs, Wisdom is spoken of as feminine).
This is the word that is used in reference to (the wisdom of) King Solomon, and the word used most in the book of Proverbs - which I feel the Lord uses to prompt our seeking of wisdom more than any other book in the Bible. That is why we will be looking at this word first.
What I would like for us to do, this week is to look up some of the verses (feel free to look up more, if you have the time, but as to not overwhelm anyone, I've only chosen some of them) where this word has been translated into Wisdom. Then, lets write them down in our notebooks, noting alongside them which of the above mentioned attributes of the word you feel apply to that particular verse.
Let us continue with looking at another one of the words, translated into "Wisdom" in the Old Testament -Original Hebrew word is - bl - "Leb" pronounced as labe, which is a noun, masculine in origin/usage. This particular word is translated more often into "heart" than "wisdom", however, as mentioned in our introductory lesson, there are many aspects to "Obtaining Wisdom" other than just "wisdom". We will see, that it involves our entire being in true worship of our Lord
Before we go on, please look up Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:28-21, and John 4:23-24. What do these verses tell us about our walk in life?
Okay, now, with that in mind, and our point of study being "obtaining wisdom" - let us focus on the "heart" side of wisdom.
(you may wish to use the Strongs Concordance along with your study.)
Let us continue with looking at another one of the words, translated into "Wisdom" in the Old Testament -Original Hebrew word is - hnyb - "Biynah" pronounced as bee-naw' which is a noun, feminine in origin/usage. This particular word is translated more often into "Understanding" 32 times, but also translated into "wisdom", "meaning", "knowledge", and "perfectly".
This word has been translated into:
Let us also take a look at Job 28:12 & 28:28 - what does this say to your heart? Why not take a moment and re-write these two verses out in your own words, putting down what the Lord has spoken to you about these two verses for your own life's journey in "Obtaining Wisdom":
In our notebooks, let us, this week, make notes on how we do or do not act in "biynah" (the Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding) brought forth in the verses listed out above in today's lesson. It will not only give us some "food for thought", but will also give us some "fuel for prayer".
Next week, we'll be taking a closer look into "Understanding" - it all fits together - as you have found out in our Job passages, and I would also like you to ponder Proverbs 24:3 this week. We'll hit more on that next time.
Well, that's it for this lesson . . . Keep in mind, by sharing your comments and questions we can have some great discussions and insights shared!
Okay, as promised, let us take a closer look into "Understanding".Two of the words translated into wisdom and understanding we have already looked into during our two previous lessons. There are also three others that I would like for us to look at. Two, briefly, and one more in depth. (Again, if you would like to use the same resources, here is Strong's Concordance on line for your convenience.)
The original Hebrew word lkX = is broken down into the two we'll look at briefly, the first one being "Sakal" (a verb) and the other, "Sakel" (a noun, masculine in origin/usage). The first being translated more often into "wise" or "understand", and the second into
There are others, too. In fact, one of them was the verse that we were to "ponder" this past week . . . Proverbs 24:3, but first, let us look at Proverbs 19:8. "He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good." (KJV) What does this speak to your own heart? Why not write it out in your own words:
Okay, now let us go to Proverbs 24:3 - keeping in mind that this is talking about "Chokmah" (wisdom) [see Lesson 1 if you need to refresh your memory.] and "Tabuwn" (understanding), let us read this once more:
"Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established." (KJV)
Can this help you to refocus your thinking in all areas of your life? Your spiritual home as well as your physical home? Your 'body', your 'house', basically, anywhere you live! You can apply this to every single area of your life. Why not re-write this, several times, using different aspects of these original words in place of "wisdom" and "understanding" to help it become even clearer to your heart.
As time permits, I would strongly suggest going back through your previous notes and in your notebook go ahead and do the same type of re-writing breakdown of as many of the verses we've looked up as possible. Allow the Word to become "Rehma" to your heart, for it is when it becomes alive within your spirit, that is when it becomes life changing, and, isn't that what our study is all about?
Let us take a brief look at the word "knowledge". t[d - Da'ath which is a noun.
The definition given in the Strong's Concordance (01847) is:
The definition given in Strong's (04093) is:
Using the NIV Translation, I'm going to put some verses here with some of our study words in them. What I would like for us to do, is in our notebooks, to re-write them inserting different aspects of that original word (like we've done just a wee bit prior), but let us really dig in and allow the Lord to truly speak to our hearts in this more "in-depth" study. Ready? Let's begin!
Proverbs 1:2 "for attaining biynah (wisdom) and discipline; for biynah (understanding) words of insight;"
Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of da'ath (knowledge), but fools despise Chokmah (wisdom) and discipline."
Proverbs 2:2 "turning your ear to Chokmah (wisdom) and applying your heart to Tabuwn (understanding)"
Proverbs 2:3 "and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for biynah (understanding),"
please note, verses 2-11 would be a wonderful time of study for you to grasp this whole concept "in context"! As you find the time, may I encourage you to go to the Strongs Concordance, and look up each and every "wisdom, understanding, knowledge and insight" within these verses, following through the same format that we've been doing.
Proverbs 2:6 "For the Lord gives Chokmah (wisdom), and from his mouth come Da'ath (knowledge) and Tabuwn (understanding)."
Proverbs 8:12 "I, Chokmah (wisdom), dwell together with prudence; I possess Da'ath (knowledge) and discretion."
Proverbs 4:5 "Get biynah (wisdom), get biynah (understanding); do not forget my words or swerve from them."
2 Chronicles 1:12 "therefore Chokmah (wisdom) and Madda' (knowledge) will be given you"
1 Kings 4:29 "God gave Solomon Chokmah (wisdom) and very great insight, and a breadth of Tabwun (understanding) as measureless as the sand on the seashore."
Psalm 49:3 "My heart will speak words of leb (wisdom); the utterance from my leb (heart) will give leb (understanding)."
Proverbs 8:5 (KJV) "Oh ye simple, understand leb (wisdom); and, ye fools, be ye of an leb (understanding heart)."
Even though we've looked at Proverbs 24:3-4 now a couple of times, let us do it again.
The reason I keep hitting on this verse, is as women, one of the greatest calls upon our lives is that of our family. To truly be able to walk in His wisdom we will be able to have our homes established by His principles, and this passage puts it so beautifully. Yes, these studies (especially Chokmah) seem to speak of very powerful skills, most often applied to men (i.e. Solomon), but ladies, they are for us, too! As women, we nurture our families, support our husbands, and encourage those around us. How can we truly do that until we've sought after God with our whole heart, crying out to Him for wisdom, guidance, knowledge, understanding and insight?
Proverbs 24:3-4 "By Chokmah (wisdom) a house is built, and through Tabuwn (understanding) it is established; through da'ath (knowledge) its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
Well, dear ones, that wraps it up for now. Thank you for your comments on these studies! May you continue to grow in His grace.
Please feel free to use the Strong's Concordance from here, or towards the bottom of the page, you'll see "Bible Study Tools", that will give you a pop up screen to use while you continue this study - so you may have two screens to work in, it might be easier for you.
(My deepest gratitude to CrossWalk for providing the blessing of these great Biblical resources on line!)
Let us take a look at another word used for "wisdom", The Hebrew word is hyXwt transliterated into "Tuwshiyah", pronounced Too-Shee-Yaw', which is a noun, feminine in origin/usage.
For our study today, let us focus upon Proverbs 8. This is Wisdom's story - Wisdom is speaking here, for the most part, so let us see what Wisdom is saying.
Please read it through in at least two different translations, then, with in your notebooks, let us pick out several key points.
(Most of these words we have touched upon in the previous 5 weeks, however, there are a few [not translated into wisdom, understanding, or knowledge] that we will also be referring to.
Today I would like to do a totally different thing . . . I would like for us to take a look at the way in which Proverbs has laid out the story of Wisdom and It's importance in our lives. If you have a NIV Translation, it may be easier for you to follow along, as I'm going by the titles and sub-titles used in that particular translation.What we're going to do, is take a look at certain sections, read through them, possibly answer some questions about that section and/or re-write it in our own words based upon the last 6 lessons we've completed by our "Word Studies". Don't forget to utilize your Bible Study Tools!!!!
Note: I'm using The Full Life Study Bible, NIV, published by Zondervan © 1992 by Life Publishers International
It is my prayer that each of you have already gone over Proverbs 8 on your own in preparation for today's lesson, but I'm going to put it here in it's entirety, placing the specific verses we'll comment on later in bold.
Note: I'm using The Full Life Study Bible, NIV, published by Zondervan © 1992 by Life Publishers International
"Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: 'To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding. Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than find gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. The Lord brought me forth as the first of His works, before His deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before He made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was the there when He set the heavens in place, when He marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when He established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, , when He gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep His command, and when He marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at His side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in His presence, rejoicing always in His presence, rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind. Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. Whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."
Please Note: The following notes are author's personal reflections, thoughts, and opinions on these passages, please, do not take them as absolute gospel . . . this is just how I "see" and "feel" the Lord speaking them into my own heart. I truly believe that God's Truth just IS, but that He does, however, reveal different aspects to us in different ways at different times. When sitting under the teaching of anyone, please, always remember to pray it through, research the Scriptures for yourself, and allow the Lord to place within your heart what He has for you.
After much prayer in just exactly how to "wrap" this study up, I would like to share with you my thoughts.
Jesus, Himself, told us that He IS the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) - How do you see this correlate with Wisdom in Proverbs 8:35?
He also told us that if we seek Him we will find Him - in fact, He's waiting right at the door of our heart, waiting for us to invite Him in FULLY to our lives (Rev. 3:20)
To close out our study, turn to 1 Corinthians 1. Here we read about Christ being the Wisdom and Power of God (verses 18 and on), but let us take a good look at verse 30, ". . . you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption."
This time of study with you has been an incredible blessing in my own life, and I thank you for the thoughts, prayers and comments you have shared with me along the way. I leave you with two prayers that Paul wrote (I'm not going to place them on this page, but encourage you to look them up, read them aloud to yourself and let them penetrate deep within your spirit.) You will find them in Philippians 1:9-11, and Colossians 1:9 b-14. These prayers are my prayer for you as you continue on your journey to obtain Wisdom and walk in the fullness of our Father's grace upon your lives!
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