TEXT: Proverbs 9:1-18
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Proverbs 9 provides a crossroads for the reader. This Chapter is the end of the first part of Proverbs- an introductory section for the rest of the book. Wisdom sets a table before us, inviting us to a life of blessing. Folly sets a trap, inviting us to a life of curses. Solomon calls us to choose the life of wisdom, reminding us that such a decision must be guided by the fear of the Lord; reverential awe of God. Which path will you choose?
HEAD: Questions aimed at our minds to help us understand God’s word.
The metaphor of a feast is common in the Bible. What does this teach us about the character of God? What other “feast” passages come to mind?
In Lady Wisdom’s invitation to the feast, she seems to invite everyone (v.2-5). Everyone except the scoffer, who is to be avoided (v.7). What does it mean to be a scoffer and why would such a person be unwelcome to Wisdom’s feast?
HEART: Questions aimed at our affections to help us love God.
Proverbs 9:10 repeats 1:7- “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” How does the fear of the LORD; reverential awe of him, motivate us to choose wisdom over folly?
What are some specific ways you see the trap of folly pulling you away from godly wisdom? What are the idols of your heart such temptations reveal?
HANDS: Questions aimed at our hands to help us live for God (Personally, Communally, and Missionally).
Jesus invites us to a feast when he says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst… Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life” (John 6:35, 47). How do you respond to this invitation from Jesus at this very moment?
As you consider Proverbs 1-9, what are some of the most impactful lessons God has taught you through his word? How will this change the way you live moving forward? How will you invite others to wisdom’s feast?