Rev. Christopher Jackson, pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Algoma, WI and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville, WI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 15:1-19.
Proverbs, along with the rest of wisdom literature in God’s Word, has the goal of molding our perspective to accord with God’s perspective. This begins to happen in Christians through faith given by the Holy Spirit. Starting from this right fear of the LORD, Christians are unafraid of God’s omniscience and omnipresence because we know that He has declared us righteous in His Son. The rest of the divine wisdom Solomon speaks in this section flows from this reality. God tunes our lips to speak in concert with Him so that His wisdom, knowledge, and life sound into this world. The Lord accomplishes this through His Word, as He corrects, rebukes, and disciplines us. True wisdom receives this as the love from God that it truly is. As the wisdom recorded in the book of Proverbs presents a picture of the ideal man, we come to see a picture of Jesus, our crucified and risen Savior.
“Wisdom and Instruction” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Proverbs. Although Proverbs is perhaps best known for its short sayings full of practical advice, the one true God has so much more in this book of wisdom. True wisdom begins with the fear of the LORD. Christians walk His way of righteousness rather than the way of wickedness because we trust that all good gifts come to us through His Son Jesus Christ, who is His wisdom made flesh for our salvation.