Wisdom, understanding and knowledge (Proverbs Part 2)

Solomon was one of the wisest men that ever lived and because he authored most of the Proverbs, I thought it was important to go back…

1 Kings chapter 2

  • David is giving Solomon counsel about some things he needs to take care of as king…

Verse 6 and 9 David says (about Solomon), “according to your wisdom” and “you are wise man and you will know what you ought to do…”

  • Solomon’s wisdom was already established. When we establish wisdom in our minds, our heart will follow!
  • He was ready and this was his place, position and authority that God was calling him to. This was his destiny.

  • God had already given him the gift of wisdom for the “what” to do. God always provides exactly what we need for our destiny.

1 Kings 3:5 God says “Ask what you wish…”

Verse 9 Solomon answers and says “Give your servant an *understanding heart to judge your people to *discern good and evil…”

  • the Hebrew word for understanding here is “shama” – to hear intelligently with implication of attention and obedience. (This is the wisdom of God that was given to him.)

  • the Hebrew word for discern here is “byin” – to separate mentally or distinguish or genuinely understand, to perceive and have insight. (This is the understanding of God that was given to Him.)

Verse 10-12 God says “You have asked for *discernment to *understand justice… I have given you a wise and discerning heart.”

1 Kings 4:29 says “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment…”

Verse 31 says “…he was wiser than all men”

  • Solomon was given, not only wisdom, but understanding!

2 Chronicles 1:10 says “Give me now wisdom* and knowledge*…”

  • the Hebrew word for wisdom here is”chokmah” – the ability to judge correctly and follow the best course of action. The solution. (What to do: wisdom)

  • the Hebrew word for knowledge here is “madda” – intelligence or consciousness, thought, divine perception, discerning knowledge, being able to discern truth… (How to do it based on the facts/truth: understanding knowledge)

It is imperative that the three gifts of wisdom, understanding and knowledge are used together in order to produce Godly results and blessings in our lives.

  • As we will learn in Proverbs, those who walk in wisdom and seek understanding based on the truth (the knowledge of God) will be blessed. It’s a promise!

2 Chronicles 1:11 says “God said… because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor… “

  • The key to these promises/blessings is our heart, but it starts with settling in our minds that we will seek the wisdom of God, and not the wisdom of the world. As I said in the beginning of this segment, whatever we set our minds to, our hearts will follow!
  • The world will tell you “You deserve it! Take it! Get yours!”
  • The wisdom of God says that those who walk in purity, humility and integrity will be blessed and protected by God.
  • God blessed Solomon with what he asked for and abundantly more than what he asked for or even thought of… He also blessed him with riches and honor! God’s blessing for us is always greater than anything we could get or come up with on our own! It simply starts with a choice to allow the logic that wisdom gives to direct your heart to understand truth!

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us

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