Sunday School

June 28 – Wisdom Speaks

Alternate Title – Feast With Wisdom

Alternate Title #2 – Seeking Wisdom

Bible Lesson: Proverbs 9:1-6, 8-10, 13-18 (KJV)


Key verse: Proverbs 9:6 (KJV) - "Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding."
(Pop-up references come from The New Living Translation courtesy of Faithlife Reftagger)


What shall we learn from this lesson:
As it is in Proverbs chapters 7 and 8, wisdom is also personified as a woman in chapter 9. She invites those who are simple—those who are lacking in wisdom or judgment—(Proverbs 9:4). Her house is built on a solid foundation of seven pillars (Proverbs 9:1). Symbolically, this suggests the advice she has to offer is solid and unshakable.

"Simple" does not mean the person is lacking intelligence. We all go through a stage in life when we know things but are not experienced enough to be able to exhibit good judgment or wisdom. One of the main purposes of the Book of Proverbs is to teach us how to be wise or prudent as Solomon explained in chapter 1 (Proverbs 1:2-4).

The woman—who is wisdom—offers the visitors understanding but they have to chose to accept it. Just as the Lord has offered believers the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit but it is up to us to accept His judgment and be lead by Him.

The Lord has provided the Bible to teach us, but the Bible won't do us any good if we choose to ignore its teachings and live by the ways of the world.

We should avoid being guided by folly (Proverbs 9:6), who is represented in our text as an unruly woman who is simple and knows nothing (Proverbs 9:13). Remember what was said earlier: simple doesn't mean she is not smart. It means she lacks good judgment or prudent behavior. Therefore she could easily lead us down the wrong road; a sinful road.

Wisdom comes from God and sinful behavior is offered by Satan. To accept God's invitation is wise and shows good judgment while accepting Satan's invitation is folly and leads to destruction. A wise person takes the narrow road of wisdom and godly behavior while an unwise person takes the wide road of sinful behavior (Matthew 7:13). God's way leads to eternal life in heaven while Satan's way leads to eternal life in the lake of fire. Which road is the wise one to take?

It is said that we are all on the highway to heaven but some of us are going the wrong way. If we are going the wrong way, it's time for us to turn our life around and go the right way—the Lord's way—while we yet still have time. When we are in danger of forgetting this fact, listen to "Time" by the Chicago Mass Choir.


The Bible lesson link (at the beginning of the lesson) is for the King James Version. You may also wish to read the New Living Translation Bible Version of Proverbs 9:1-6. 8-10, 13-18.

The key verses: Proverbs 9:6 (NLT) - "Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment."


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