The Bible is the testimony of our Creator’s great love for his creation; but, also of the great war between YaHavah (YHVH) and Satan (Lucifer) that began with Satan’s rebellion in heaven before the creation of the heavens and earth we know. The effects of that war are written from the heart of David, Solomon, and other authors in the Psalms, Proverbs, and throughout the Bible by direction of YaHavah. His purpose is to teach all people to give glory to YaHavah for His peace He offers through His son, Jesus Christ.
There are sixty-six books in the Judeo/Christian Bible. Thirty-nine of those books are Old Testament with a constant call to turn to YaHavah as opposed to the evil brought into this world by Lucifer, aka, Satan. The twenty-seven books of the New Testament continue that call through the Son of YaHavah, Jesus. His purpose is to prepare YaHavah’s creation for the final destruction of Satan, his evil, and all who do not listen to and love YaHavah.
Psalms and Proverbs should be among the first books used in teaching new Bible students about YHVH (YaHavah). Unfortunately, they are not. These books are usually relegated to the classification of “boring” along with genealogies and the repetition of Israel’s history. Every time I think how boring something is, the Spirit of YaHavah gives me a book or article project to teach me his purpose in it. They are lessons on how He instills His life in a world filled with the death of Satan’s oppressive evil. Learning how to read the Psalms and Proverbs, and apply their teaching to everyday life is just as important as learning what Jesus taught, because the sentiments of these books are the core of what he taught. They are Bible Primers 101 and 102. We begin with a brief Introduction of Psalms.
BOOKS OF THE PSALMS
One-hundred-fifty Psalms are divided into five books of prayers to YaHavah for salvation from the evil that has washed over all generations like a flood since the beginning. The content of each book is closely associated with the content of the books of Moses and remembrance of Israel’s Exodus. The Psalms are prayers of acknowledgement to YaHavah.
Evil shows its face in the oppressors who are against YaHavah’s righteous line from Seth (third son of Adam) to Jesus (first and only son of YaHavah), and thereafter to the end. In his Psalms, David, the righteous king of Judah, expresses the anguish caused by oppression from other humans and the whispering enchantments of the invisible fallen angels. It surrounded him constantly. Even so, he expresses his love and trust in YaHavah throughout his reign as king and in his writings. Today the oppressors have different faces, but inflict the same anguish David felt, which is why the Psalms are useful to every generation.
The menu of Psalms and Proverbs is affirmation of the usefulness of Psalms in learning more about YaHavah and Jesus. The chapter headings for each, are studies of YaHavah and Jesus, all by themselves, even so, each contains a simple sermon lesson beneficial to any congregation. Ask YaHavah for his wisdom and understanding to guide you in the way he knows is best for you and your congregation.
Most will agree the dating of the Proverbs is during the time of Solomon for the most part (AM 3442-3482) and unknown for some smaller portions.
Proverbs is among the books of wisdom for its teaching on moral and ethical principles. It is, also, an excellent source for learning about the seven spirits of YHVH and how to recognize and avoid their opposite spirits of sin.
The student of the Proverbs can learn what YaHavah’s Spirit reveals about the Christian walk and learn what YHVH wants each believer to know about himself and the believer’s relationship with Himself and Jesus.
- Proverbs Chapters 1-9 — instructions in listening to and obedience to father, also meaning YaHavah.
These are YHVH’s instructions using the seven spirits of Isaiah 11:1-2.
- Proverbs Chapters 10-18—instructional contrasts between good and evil
- Proverbs Chapters 19-23—instructions on conduct
- Proverbs Chapters 24-31—general guidelines
A Brief Introduction for Proverbs 8 and the seven spirits of YaHavah
Proverbs 8 is an excellent lesson on the work and value of the seven spirits of YHVH, such as how YHVH uses these seven spirits to instill and teach his wisdom and righteousness to faithful believers.
The spirit of the wisdom of YHVH is personified in this Proverb. Wisdom is also one of the seven spirits of YHVH (Isaiah 11:1-2) Wisdom is speaking at the gate of the city where, in Biblical times, rulers met and counsel was given. Wisdom belongs to and comes from YHVH in his righteousness. Proverbs 8 correlates with the prophecy of the anointing of Jesus in the seven spirits of Isaiah 11:1-5. Think of yourself as a city with double gates called heart and mind. This is where life decisions are discussed and made. This is where the spirit of everything is tested to see if it is of YaHavah or Satan. Open the gate of your heart and know the great love of YaHavah, through Jesus. Open the gate of your mind and know the great wisdom of YaHavah, through Jesus. In the Kingdom of YaHavah, after the final judgment, these gates will never close.
Most Bible versions use the pronoun “she” for wisdom in this proverb. Since it is about YHVH, the Word of YHVH Bible replaces the pronoun, “she” of verse 3, with the pronoun, “I.”
This proverb focuses on wisdom in the story of wisdom’s beginning and how wisdom was before creation and at the core of creation. There is only one YHVH and only one true and reliable wisdom. The seven spirits of Isaiah 11:1-2 are YHVH. Proverbs uses contrasts to demonstrate the workings of good and evil.
As you study the Psalms and Proverbs, watch for the seven spirits of good and evil and how they are used to teach the righteousness of YaHavah. Occasionally, I bold one or more of the seven spirits to draw special attention and only add commentary where Scriptures have been sullied by misunderstandings. This list is for your contemplation and prayers to YaHavah.
Sermons may eventually be linked to each of the Psalms and Proverbs. In the meantime, YaHavah is waiting to work with you to create many soul winning sermons.