Wisdom of Solomon B#5

December 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith

Proverbs 5:1 (KJV)

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding.

The word bow in the Hebrew language is a verb meaning, to stretch out, to extend, and to pay attention.

It has the figurative sense of inclining one’s heart and mind a certain way or direction.  (1Sam 8:3; 14:7; 1Kings 2:28)

In this verse then to bow thine ear, means to turn your ear in the direction of the one who is speaking.  To listen carefully and attentively.

In the OT there was a law concerning servants or slaves.

Exodus 21:1-6 tells us that if a servant/slave served his master for six years, the master had to set his slave free at the end of his sixth year.

But if the slave said, “I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free”, the master would take the slave to the judges and they in turn would put him against the door.  The master then used an awl and bore a hole through his ear against the doorpost.

This was the sign of a servant/slave who gave up is freedom and life to serve his master – for the rest of his life.

We as humans work and even fight for our own freedom.

  • Freedom from oppression (whatever kind).
  • Freedom of speech.
  • Political freedom.
  • Religious or spiritual freedom etc.
  • Most people think freedom is “doing what you want, when you want”.
  • However, the concept of freedom changes from culture to culture and nation to nation.

Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, Jude, and John called themselves servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil 1:1; Titus 1:1; James 1:1; 2Pet 1:1; Jude 1:1; Rev 1:1)

  • The Greek word that is used in these Scripture references is doúlos, which means a slave.

(Usually children of God like to listen to messages and read books on leadership, the power within, vision for the future, breakthroughs, how God is going to bless them, and the great plans God has for them.

However, becoming a slave is not a comfortable and exciting thought in our day and age and is rarely preached.)

  • These apostles of the gospel knew the OT laws and understood the concept of being a slave.
  • Becoming a slave of Christ was and is a conscious choice – He is the Master and will not force, oppress or manipulate you in becoming one.  (Matt 23:8, 10; Col 4:1; 2Tim 2:21)
  • Such a slave of Christ has an ear that was bored with the Master’s hand against the door (which again is Christ – John 10:9)
  • He (the slave/servant) has the ability to hear directly from the Master.
  • He is serving the Master of all masters, has the privilege of learning firsthand from the Master, and will be rewarded.  (Prov 27:18)

May we all become true disciples of the Master – Jesus Christ. (Mark 13:1; John 4:31; 9:2)

May we come to that place in ourselves where we choose to be His servant/slave.

May we then, as servants of Christ, do the will of God from our hearts. (Eph 6:6)


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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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