Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 4, 2016

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs chapter 1.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
And ornaments about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait for blood,
Let us ambush the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,
Even whole, as those who go down to the pit;
13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth,
We will fill our houses with spoil;
14 Throw in your lot with us,
We shall all have one purse,”
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them.
Keep your feet from their path,
16 For their feet run to evil
And they hasten to shed blood.
17 Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood;
They ambush their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence;
It takes away the life of its possessors.”  Proverbs 1:7-19.


“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;  …”  Verse 7.

And yet, other doctrine still tries to gain knowledge by studying man and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine eagerly studies and teaches the qualities of God and what God has done.

This knowledge of God causes its students to trust God, to fear God and depart from evil, and to cling to God.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

“… grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.”  2 Peter 3:18.


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