Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Lessons from Proverbs 1:7

  1. First, let’s explain what the fear of the LORD is. When we say “the fear of the Lord,” we mean “awe” or “respect.” And as you read this, keep this definition in mind.
  2. Have respect for the LORD. If you would like to see some reasons why we should love the Lord, read Psalm 103:2-10.
  3. This verse explains to us when knowledge begins: when a person becomes a Christian. This means that God reveals His Will to us once we believe in the Lord Jesus, confess our sins, and follow after God’s commands.
  4. In the Bible, a fool is someone who voluntarily rebels against God and doesn’t fear the Lord. If someone is not obeying God, they are rejecting living a wise and godly life. Ultimately, a fool’s punishment is death and destruction.
  5. A fool does not have “awe” or “respect” for God and lives as if there is no God. See Psalm 14:1. Fools are not stupid but could be very smart. Fools choose to live rebelliously.

For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them. ~~Proverbs 1:32

Suggested Application/Spiritual Growth:

  • After reading about fools and the fear of the Lord, what path will you pursue?

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Do you have the beginning of knowledge?

–Mark and Rachel Shaw (reminded to fear the Lord day by day so that we remember who we are and Who we are to serve)