Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor at Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Proverbs 4:1-9.
Solomon occupies the role of father teaching wisdom to his sons because he was once a son who was taught wisdom by his father. Jesus is the fulfillment of this. He receives all things from the Father and gives it faithfully to His Church. The Church now constantly occupies both places as Solomon did, constantly hearing the Word of God and faithfully repeating the Word of God. In this way, Christians keep God’s commandments. This includes obedience, but it is far greater than that. We treasure and hold onto all the Words that God has given us. He has acted in remembrance of us, and so our remembrance of His Word is not only cognitive recall, but affects our faith and life. Such wisdom recognizes that wisdom cannot come from within us; we are the poor in spirit who must be filled with the wisdom that Jesus alone can give through faith in His salvation. Clinging to that wisdom, we are co-heirs in the kingdom of Christ.
“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.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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A Father’s Wise Instruction
4 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,
and be attentive, that you may gain[a] insight,
2 for I give you good precepts;
do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
- Proverbs 4:1 Hebrew know
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