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  • There are three books in the Bible that have come to be called the wisdom literature

  • Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job

  • and all these books are addressing the same set of questions

  • What kind of world are we living in

  • and what does it look like to live well in this world?

  • so how to be good at life?

  • Yeah! So each of these books tackles these questions from a unique perspective

  • and it's important to understand all of them to get a fully biblical perspective on the good life

  • So as a thought experiment, you could actually imagine each of these books as a person

  • So Proverbs would be like this brilliant young teacher

  • and Ecclesiastes the sharp middle-aged critic

  • and Job would be the weathered old man who seen a lot in his day

  • We're gonna start by meeting the book of Proverbs the brilliant teacher

  • And she's not just smart she's smart about everything, work, relationships, sex, spirituality

  • She has incredible insights things you would see on your own

  • Yeah! She would be the perfect friend have around when you need really specific advice

  • So what makes her so smart?

  • Well! Proverbs can see things that most people don't see

  • She believes that there is an invisible creative force in the universe that can guide people and how they should live

  • You can't see it just like you can't see the gravity but it affects everything that we do

  • So what's this force?

  • In Hebrew, it's called chokma and it's usually gets translated into English as a wisdom

  • It's an attribute of God that God used to create the world

  • and hokmah has been woven into the fabric of thing and how they work

  • So wherever people are making good or just or wise decisions they are tapping into chokma

  • and whenever someone is making a bad decision they're working against chokma

  • Right! Or as it says in Proverbs chapter one

  • the waywardness of fools will destroy them but the one who listens to wisdom lives in security

  • So it's like a moral law of the universe

  • Yeah! It's a cause-effect pattern and no one can escape

  • and Proverbs personifies all of this as a woman

  • Yeah! Lady wisdom

  • Right! She runs around the earth calling out making herself available to anyone who's willing to listen to her and to learn

  • which leads to the second thing Proverbs believes that anyone can access

  • and interact with wisdom and use it to make the beautiful life for yourself or others

  • you can create with it like a designer

  • Yes, in fact, chokma in hebrew isn't simply intellectual knowledge

  • The word is also used to describe the skilled artisan who excels at their craft like woodworking or stonemason

  • so you show you possess chokma when you put it to work and develop the skill of making a Good Life

  • OK! That makes sense. So let's do this. Let's go find some wisdom

  • Before you do, Proverbs has one more really important thing to consider

  • chokma isn't some impersonal force it's an attribute of God himself

  • and so in Hebrew thought, your journey to becoming wise has to begin with what Proverbs called the Fear of the Lord

  • It's this healthy respect for God's definition of good and evil

  • and true wisdom means learning those boundary lines and not crossing them

  • Now all those ideas you just unpacked are in chapters one through nine in Proverbs

  • but when I think of the book of Proverbs, I think of the collection of sayings

  • the Proverbs themselves. Tell me about those

  • Yeah! Those are what you find in chapters ten onto the end of the book

  • it's a collection of hundreds and hundreds of Proverbs about any and all aspects of life

  • and chokma gets applied to them resulting in this wise guidance

  • to help you find a path toward success and no matter what you do

  • if I designed my life with these sayings, life is gonna be good

  • Yeah! or if proverbs puts it, it'll give health to your bones, prosperity, a long rich life

  • which is a really big claim

  • but you can see how it's often the case

  • wise people, they tend to do better, things usually work out well for them in life

  • and so that is the promise and the wisdom of the book of Proverbs

  • The book of Proverbs is really beautiful but if we take a step back

  • some people would argue it's a little too simplistic

  • cause sometimes horrible things happened to really wise people

  • and sometimes foolish people get rewarded

  • it doesn't always work the way we think it should work

  • that's right which is why we need to go and listen to our next wise friend ecclesiastes the critic

  • because he's wrestled with that very problem

  • and he's going to push us further in our journey to find the Good Life

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