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Lesson # Prov. 9:2-5
Study Material - Prov. 9:2-5
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
2 She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; 3 She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city: 4 'Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!' To him who lacks understanding she says, 5 'Come, eat of my food, And drink of the wine I have mixed.
Wisdom is a palace, a temple of magnificent grandeur. Built on a solid foundation, upheld by magnificent pillars, this palace of the soul is pictured here, not in the process of being under construction, but of completion. It is not pictured as an empty shell, but furnished with the best of decor available.
Now here is a banquet. In a thoroughly furnished and magnificent palace, a feast is presented to its host, and for the benefit of its host. The host (that is you by the way, as a mature believer) is enjoying not the fruits of his own labor, but enjoying of the fruits provided by this palace completed by another builder, God, and constructed with materials not purchased by the host, but by another, Jesus Christ.
The palace is free, furnished and well provisioned. The banquet has everything available that anyone could ever possibly want, and more.
This Sunday is Easter, and many folks will be going out to Sunday brunch where the food tables are long and more than abundant. You'll eat until you are about to pop. That is the picture of the Christian life as it should be pictured. God provides for all our needs, but you have to be a good occupant and cooperate with the contractor lest your palace not be built.
An incomplete palace leaks and is drafty. You cannot go anywhere in it and stay out of the rain and wind. There is no comfort in an unfinished and unfurnished home.
Thus the call of wisdom. The urgent call. She has prepared her food (sacrifice of Christ on the Cross). Without the sacrifice of the prime bull there is no food. No meat for the table wherein one can partake. No food, no meal. The sacrifice must precede the meal. Food must be prepared thoroughly and completely (not partially) before it is ready for the table.
So salvation must be received and thus allowing a person to enter into the family of God, before one can eat from the table of God. Bible study precedes spiritual growth. Application of what one learns enhances ones understanding.
Food eaten needs to be metabolized before it is useful to the body. Bible doctrine needs to be applied to the life before it becomes beneficial.
The wine is mixed. Bible doctrine is added to salvation to produce spiritual growth and the spiritual life. Salvation without the juices of life means living in spiritual infancy. No one wants to be perpetually immature. We all must grow up some day. Of course some grow up sooner than others and some never seem to grow up in life.
The table is set. Salvation plus Bible doctrine yield a complete meal for every appetite. All is made available for free. All that wisdom has to offer, is available to everyone. Wisdom calls out urgently from the roof tops, from every street, from house to house. Its call goes out into every nook and cranny. There is no place that its call does no reach.
Everyone hears the call. Not everyone responds to its call.
Who is naive? Who needs salvation? Everyone needs to be saved. There is not a person who has ever lived, that does not need to be saved.
Who needs understanding? Who needs to grow up spiritually? Everyone, of course. Everyone who has been born a breathing human being needs to learn and grow. Infancy is not preferred. Living in diapers is not preferred - its is messy and disgusting. We all have to grow up physically. We all have to grow up mentally. We all 'need' to grow up spiritually. That will make a complete you.
Come eat and drink. There is no one who cannot eat or drink in life. It is the easiest thing to do. It comes natural and daily, and more than once daily. Many of us snack constantly day and night - especially on championship game days!!!
So wisdom is there for the taking. Wisdom is easy to obtain. If you can eat and breathe, then you can study and learn Bible doctrine. Certainly we all can believe in Christ. That is merely a single thought and it only takes one thought in your life to be saved - believe in Christ. Doctrine is not difficult to learn.
We do not eat our entire life's meals in one day. We eat a little today and a little tomorrow, and we eat everyday. Likewise with Bible doctrine. We cannot learn it all in one day. We learn a little each day, and we continue to consume its nourishment everyday of our life. We need to eat (study) before we can digest (learn. We need to swallow (believe what we study) before we can digest (learn). We need to use, metabolize into our bodies, our food (apply what we have learned), before its nourishment can be of benefit to us. We nee to rid ourselves of waste (confession and fellowship) on a regular basis, lest we get sick or discomforted.
If you can eat and drink, then you can learn Bible doctrine and grow and advance to spiritual maturity. No talent is required. No prior experience necessary. Not found in stores. Not found on TV. There is only one source for salvation, only one source for spiritual growth. The first we do only once. The latter we do daily for the rest of our lives.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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