The rudder of wisdom found in the proverbs and in the parables can help you navigate the roughest seas. Welcome to our summer study!
Each lesson will stand on its own in case you miss a lesson, but we will go through the whole book of Proverbs and many parables. If you are new, you can either be a silent reader or interact with new friends by following the simple directions: Click “Bible Study Blog” at the top of this page, and then “Getting Started” and follow the simple directions.
The first studyguide I ever wrote, forty years ago, was Proverbs and Parables.
I’ve learned a few things since then which I long to share, but what I saw as a young woman still thrills my soul. It is the same voice in each, the voice of Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are held.
The title comes straight from the opening chapter of Proverbs:
Let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
Proverbs 1:6 (NIV)
Two voices, personified by women,
cry out to us in the book of Proverbs:
the woman wisdom,
and the woman folly.
And the parables continually contrast how the wise and the foolish approach God.
Don’t you want to live wisely?
Don’t you want to avoid the snares of living foolishly?
Don’t you want to experience the peace and fruitfulness that wisdom gives?
Though the wisdom of God is foolishness to man, it is your only hope.
Come, follow God’s own fool.
Prepare your hearts with this:
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
Monday – Thursday: Bible Study
THE PARABLE OF TWO HOUSES
One eye-opener I have had since that days I wrote Proverbs and Parables is what Tim Keller has so clearly revealed. There is the religious way and the gospel way, and the religious way is foolish and the gospel way is wise. But we as believers are so prone to fall into the foolish religious way, following the Lord “in pretense,” instead of with all our hearts. (Jeremiah 3:10)
The parable this week is about the two houses, but that is the summary parable of the Sermon on the Mount, so throughout the sermon these two ways of life are continually contrasted — the one who follows with all his heart, and the one of pretense. Watch: two ways of praying, two ways of fasting, two kinds of trees..
2. Explain how each of the following passages contrasts the religious way (pretense) with the gospel way (all our hearts). Look carefully at each and then evaluate which path you are on:
A. Matthew 6:1-4
B. Matthew 6:5-6
C. Matthew 6:16-18
D. Matthew 7:15-20
E. Matthew 7:24-27
3. In all the the above, how are the religious and the gospel person alike? How are they different? How were you quickened and warned?
Introduction to Proverbs
Proverbs are not promises, but maxims. The advice given is usually true — but not always. For example, hard work usually means you will not be poor — but there are exceptions.
4. Give an example of a proverb that is clearly a maxim and not a promise, for you know there are exceptions.
Key Verse of Proverbs:
Click, then close your eyes and listen carefully:
5. The purpose of Proverbs is explained in Proverbs 1:1-7. Summarize it.
6. Proverbs 1 – 9 exalt wisdom, and then we get into the pithy sayings of wisdom in 10-31. We get a clue as to the identity of wisdom in Proverbs 8:30-31. Can you guess who wisdom is? Explain your answer.
There are two ways to be foolish — to be very bad, like the younger son in the story of the prodigal sons, who rebelled against the father — or to seem to be very good, like the older son who also showed he did not love the father. Proverbs often concentrates on the young, who often rebel, but you will see the religious way of foolishness as well. Proverbs also has much advice to youth, for “foolishness is bound up in the heart of child,” and must be driven from him by wise parents and mentors.
7. What foolishness are young men warned about in Proverbs 1:8-19?
8. How do we teach our children to love everyone yet not run with those described in this passage?
9. Read Proverbs 1:20-33 and find the warnings and blessings of responding to wisdom.
If you found listening to Max Mclean helpful, do it again for Proverbs 2: Max Mclean reading Proverbs 2
10. Read Proverbs 2 and if a verse quickens you stop, meditate, ponder, and share. Ask the Lord to help you not just go through the motions of reading (thus the foolish pretender) but to seek Him with your whole heart.
Friday Sermon: Three Ways To Live
Whenever I can give you a free sermon, I will. But sometimes the best sermon is not free, and I’m hoping you’ll be able to come up with the 2.50, knowing it goes to support the ministries in New York of a wonderful church. The first time you purchase from Gospel in Life you set up an account, but then it is easier. Here is the sermon — please listen and then share your thoughts. (For those who have been with us a long time, you may already have it: Three Ways To Live)
11. Share your notes and thoughts.
12. What is your take-a-way and why?