Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: ~Proverbs 9:1
Pillars have always represented strength, support, and beauty. In ancient days, pillars were a sign of a well-built home. Pillars support the weight of the roof. Solomon is describing the house that wisdom has built. The idea of a house signifies a dwelling place. Home gives us the idea of belonging, comfort, and privacy. This morning, we are going to the house that wisdom has built. We are considering the significance of the seven pillars of wisdom.
These seven pillars represent supreme authority.
The Word of God is described as the law of the Lord, the statutes of the Lord, the commandments of the Lord, testimony of the Lord, the fear of the Lord, the judgments of the Lord, and the precepts of the Lord. Ps. 19 and Ps. 119 are chapters of the Bible that use these references to describe God’s Word. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jeremiah said, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” God’s Word must have absolute preeminence in every life. We need God’s Word for our conversion, for our cleansing, for our comfort, and for continuance. Take heed to the Word of God!
These seven pillars represent serious abominations.
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” These seven references are sins that God hates. They are sins that do serious damage and are divisive to relationships. As we read the Word of God, we find characters and situations where there were serious consequences for those who flagrantly committed these sins. Pride led to King Uzziah being afflicted with leprosy. Lying is the very nature of Satan. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations reminds us of Ahab and Jezebel. Hands that shed innocent blood reminds us of Cain murdering Abel, and worse, Jesus being crucified by wicked men. The very fact that these sins are called abominations should cause our souls to quiver in fear.
These seven pillars represent spiritual applications.
In Proverbs, we are given sound wisdom and counsel to help live our lives in spiritual success and above our circumstances.
We are reminded of that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A proper relationship with and reverence of God is essential to a successful life. Solomon said that the fear of the Lord is the whole duty of man.
We are reminded of the importance of right associations. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
We see the importance of having a loving marriage. Rejoice with the wife of thy youth!
We see the importance of righteous parenting. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.”
We see the importance of work and reward. “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
We see living for God is our highest priority in life. “The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.”
We see the importance of being faithful in our relationships and our duties. “Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Faithful men never need to talk about what they do: their deeds speak loudly for them.
The seven pillars of wisdom cry out in the streets for everyone to come to its banqueting tables and to feast. Make the book of Proverbs part of your daily reading. Read one chapter a day and let the pillars of wisdom arise in your life.
Have a wisdom-enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Jeremiah 30-31