Proverbs 1: Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

The warning aspect comes right at the end of the chapter and section when God is referring to the joy, peace, love, reassurance and freedom of His Kingdom. Therefore, it is clear that verses 20 to 32 concern the ways of those who rejected wisdom, and their way of life. Proverbs - a manual for living
Verses 20-21 personify wisdom, indicating that it also calls out to the simple. What I notice in these verses is that it is past tense: not is or will, but has. To me this indicates finality, illustrating the high level of ignorance in this world, where her audience has refused to hear her call. Imagery is also conveyed, where you imagine Wisdom standing on the street corner, amidst the traffic, noise and gateways. So virtually, it is available to everyone, but sadly, not everyone will accept and heed by it.
Verse 22 introduces the different type of people: simple, mockers and fools. Reading this, I imagine Wisdom pleading with these people as she fails to understand how they enjoy living their sinful lives, asking them how long it is going to take for them to see and comprehend the truth.
Verses 23-29: verse 23 provides us with a beautiful thought of wisdom pouring out her heart to us. My footnotes alerted me about this, about the peaceful and reassuring comfort of Wisdom being like a fountain that instantly refreshes and strengthens those who drink from it. Verse 24 adds a new dimension. Wisdom, although in this case it is still personified, can be reflective of Jesus, who was rejected by Israel and who brought forth Wisdom “as the first of his works”, the embodiment and supreme manifestation of god’s wisdom. Verses 25&26 are somewhat of a ‘punishment’, and rather confronting is it as well! Yet it can be viewed as a reaction to the absurdity of fools who laugh at Wisdom and mock it. This caused me to think about how foolish they were when the truth was right in front of them the whole time! And then when we need God most (which will be in eternal life – whichever place is destined for you), he won’t be there. How foolish therefore, to ignore His ways when they are placed in front of you. “Then they will call out to me and I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord”.
Verse 30-32: These verses serve as a great reminder that our choices on earth greatly effect our eternal destination. At the present it can be hard to understand and fully grasp that our ignorance “since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke” of His Word can lead to damnation. This is exactly what Proverbs is designed for – it is there to guide us and give us wisdom about how we should live. As was said in the beginning of this chapter The proverbs of Solomon … for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life doing what is right and just and fair”. The saying goes ‘What ever goes around comes around’ and this is exactly what verse 31 illustrates – they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. This is not written to frighten us. No, quite the opposite! God had this all written down to warn us about the consequences of our actions whilst living the life of fools. Amongst all this warning, the last verse really encourages me…..
Verse 33: but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. How comforting to know that we have such a loving God! So don’t be foolish – live life the way God had it planned for you!

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