Rev. David Vandercook, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, AR and Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, AR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 13:1-25.
The Ten Commandments are constantly in the background of the divine wisdom in Proverbs. Solomon continues to bring them to bear in a variety of ways. The fact that children are a product of their parents’ instruction has implications for faithful living for both children and parents according to the 4th Commandment. Laziness and the desire to get rich now through dishonesty stand in contrast to the diligent work that the LORD has given according to the 7th Commandment. The Word of the LORD does bring blessing to those who hear and believe it, according to the 3rd Commandment. Even if this is not fully experienced in this life, the LORD keeps His promise finally in the resurrection. All of these various topics come together in the 1st Commandment, which teaches us to fear, love, and trust in God above all things. In this way, the book of Proverbs does teach of Christ, who is our righteousness.
“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.