17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in the Lord,
I have made them known to you today, even to you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings
of counsel and knowledge,
21 to make you know what is right and true,
that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate,
23 for the Lord will plead their cause
and rob of life those who rob them.
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
nor go with a wrathful man,
25 lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare. (ESV)
For centuries, teachers have applied formulas set down by ancient Greek philosophers to impart knowledge. The Socratic process examines concepts based on key moral beliefs at the time: piety, wisdom, temperance, courage and justice. Aristotle attributed to Socrates the discovery of a system of induction, still regarded as the essence of the scientific method.
“That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you (Proverbs 22:19).”
Five hundred years earlier, Solomon, King of Israel, was dispensing knowledge that the later Athenians could borrow on for their own wisdom. His instruction to the youth of his kingdom was to heed the sayings of the wise. In other words, be teachable.
Jesus spent a high percentage of His time relaying parables that would include the ethics of the kingdom of heaven – holiness, wisdom, self-control, justice and love. Yet often His disciples’ attention was distracted by the cares of the day, leaving them less than prepared to be taught. What about you? Determine to come to Scripture ready to learn, focused on God alone and prepared to receive what He desires to make known to you. Then take what you’ve learned and share with a friend or family member, spread God’s Word!