The Book of Proverbs is a great book full of knowledge and wisdom that still applies to Christians today. Proverbs is also full of figures of speech. Understanding figures of speech used in the bible is the key to unlocking the fullness of God’s Word. When we are Walking with God, we are to keep our eyes on Him and on His Word at all times. In so doing we gain deep understanding and sound wisdom in all things pertaining to life and Godliness.
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In the Book of Proverbs 3: 1-24 we learn what walking with God really means and exactly how we benefit from doing it.
A quick word about figures of speech and symbolism: The bible is full of them. Sometimes this imagery is clear and powerful, sometime we find it strange and baffling but most time we tend to gloss right over it not getting the full impact of the message that is weaved into the imagery.
The Hebrew people loved imagery and used it heavily but they did not choose their symbolism arbitrarily. They drew their imagery from the objects and events of everyday life and made spiritual parallels. This is a very important point because we can let the symbol itself teach us about its significance... when we understand what it means. It is not surprising that almost every part of the human body is used figuratively in the scriptures.
If we ask ourselves, “What function does this part of the body serve?” then we gain a better understanding how that part of the body is used symbolically.
Proverbs Chapter 3:1-6 in the Bible (KJV):
1) My son, forget not (remember) my law (God’s Word, the Bible); but let thine heart keep (to guard, in a good sense; to protect, maintain, obey, etc.) my commandments (keep God’s words of knowledge and wisdom close to your heart):
The heart is used figuratively very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect. The heart, which is the organ of life, signifies the real, inward person. It is one of the most frequently used symbols of the body. In the Old Testament alone references to the heart appear almost six hundred times, most of them signifying this concept of the inward man.
2) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
To "forget not" is to remember. To remember is to think about something. Let’s look at what happens when we think about and keep the Word in our hearts:
- Length of days (see, you can get more out of a day.)
- Long life (wouldn't mind seeing great grand-children.)
- Peace (that's a great quality of life.)
3) Let not mercy (kindness, compassion) and truth (stability; trustworthiness) forsake (to quit or leave entirely; abandon) thee: bind (join together) them about thy neck; write them upon the table (tablet, the book) of thine heart:
Since things are hung around the neck, it is often associated with slavery or bondage. The “yoke” upon the neck (see Isa. 10:27; Jer. 27:2) and the “bands of thy neck” (Isa. 52:2) provide clear and powerful imagery of spiritual, and sometimes literal, bondage. Another reason for this is linked to another function of the neck. It holds the head and turns it. Since the head houses the thinking and governing organ and is also the topmost part of a person, it signifies such things as the thoughts (see Isa. 1:6), ruling power (see Ezek. 16:12), or the relative importance of something (see Jer. 22:6).
4) So (the reason) shalt thou find favour (graciousness, i.e. subjective kindness, or objective beauty) and good understanding (intelligence; by implication, success, discretion, knowledge, prudence, sense and wisdom) in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart (your deepest feelings, the real you); and lean (to support one's self) not unto thine own understanding (your own knowledge derived from your 5 senses).
6) In all thy ways (figuratively, your course of life or mode of action) acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (figuratively meaning where you go in life, what you do).
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart (your deepest feelings, the real you) and lean not unto thine own understanding. That's the essence of walking with and for God- and have patience with Hs ways! God always has the bigger picture. God always has the perspective that we don't have. God knows what's going on all around us. We trust in Him - remember: delight, meditate, forget not, keep His Word- and then He shall direct your paths!
You know how profitable it is to have GOD direct YOUR paths?! That's why the Word says whatsoever you do, you'll prosper. God will only lead you on the paths of righteousness and prosperity!
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Proverbs 3: A Study in Trusting God and Gaining Wisdom
When we are Walking with God, we are to keep our eyes on Him and on His Word at all times. In so doing we gain deep understanding and sound wisdom in all things pertaining to life and Godliness. On this 30 minute Audio CD, you will learn from the Book of Proverbs 3:1-24 what walking with God really means and exactly how we benefit from doing it. Contains Extra Bonus Information not found in the free article.
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