WORD TO THE WISE - Proverbs 4:1-2

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. The great heritage of the godly is life! Here, king Solomon continues to bear forth the godly pattern of his father king David: to set forth the law of God before his children. Solomon understands this as his personal obligation, and therefore what he commands, although it be from God, he is confident to exhort his son not to forsake "my law." He refers to this instruction as "good doctrine." This is true of the whole of Scripture, which amongst many things is "profitable for doctrine..."(2 Tim 3:16). As we submit ourselves to the truth and wisdom of Scripture, let us be sure to keep in mind the generations to come! Truth is not designed to terminate in us, but to be disseminated through us to others, so that the same end might be theirs by way of obedience: Life!

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