Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction [Prov. 1:7].
There is an interesting contrast here: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." They do not learn from it.
I heard a little bit of nonsense to illustrate this. A man driving down the highway had a flat tire, so he pulled over to the side of the road. It happened he was parked by an insane asylum, and one of the men from the asylum was on the other side of the fence. He was watching the man as he changed the tire. He didn't say anything but just stood there and watched. As the man took off the wheel of the car, he placed all the nuts that he had taken off into the hubcap. Then he accidentally tilted the hubcap so all the nuts fell out and went down into a sewer, and he couldn't retrieve them. He stood there scratching his head wondering what in the world he was to do. The man behind the fence who had been watching him said, "Why don't you take a nut off each of the other wheels and put them on this wheel? You could drive safely down to the filling station, and there you can buy nuts so that you can fix your wheel." The man looked at him in amazement. "Why didn't I think of that?" he asked. "You are in the institution and I am out, and yet you are the one who thought of it." The onlooker answered. "I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid!" Well, this Book of Proverbs is attempting to get you and me out of a position of being stupid in life today. I think we shall find it to be a great help to us. This book has quite a bit to say about stupidity, as we shall see.
(J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee)
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