Part 1 - Proverbs 1:1-7

This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 1:1-7. In this passage, we read Solomon’s introduction to the book of Proverbs.

As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs: 1:1-7 we see that fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that Jesus is the wisdom of the Lord made flesh.

**Observation Questions:**

1. What does it mean to "fear the Lord," and how is this connected to the beginning of knowledge according to Proverbs 1:7?

2. In what ways do fools show their contempt for wisdom and instruction in the context of Proverbs 1:7?

3. How does 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 contrast the world's view of wisdom with the wisdom found in Christ crucified?

4. What does Colossians 2:2-3 reveal about the relationship between Christ and the treasures of wisdom and knowledge?

**Interpretation Questions:**

1. How does understanding the "fear of the Lord" as the beginning of knowledge influence our daily decision-making?

2. Considering the consequences outlined in Proverbs for those who despise wisdom, what might be some modern examples of rejecting wisdom and instruction?

3. In what ways does the message of Christ crucified represent the "power of God and the wisdom of God" as stated in 1 Corinthians?

4. How can the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ transform our approach to life's complexities?

**Application Questions:**

1. Reflect on your daily life; what is one practical way you can cultivate a deeper "fear of the Lord" this week?

2. Identify a recent situation where you faced a choice between wisdom and folly. How did you respond, and what would you do differently now?

3. Choose one aspect of your life where you can demonstrate the wisdom of God through sacrificial love, as seen in Jesus' death and resurrection. What specific action will you take?

4. Think of a conversation you had recently where worldly wisdom clashed with godly wisdom. How can you better prepare to share the wisdom found in Christ next time?

5. What is one daily activity you can replace with time spent in prayer or Bible study to prioritize seeking God's wisdom in your routine?