Wisdom and Understanding
This teaching is the first in a series concerning Biblical healing and
must be understood as it is the foundation upon which the building called
faith is to follow.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding
have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding
rather to be chosen than silver!
There was a brilliant scholar at our school, one of the boarders, but he
had no common sense of how to solve day to day problems, even to the way
to fix a bicycle tyre puncture. He had cleverness but no understanding.
However, the wisdom that we are discussing here is that which concerns
spiritual matters resulting in our relationship with our Maker.
We shall see that we have to work at obtaining wisdom and understanding
and that various other factors, such as righteousness, knowledge and discretion
also play a role.
Righteousness and wisdom go together.
The wise can perceive righteousness, the wicked love doing evil.
There are also various Spiritual gifts, given by God to His servants directly,
which when used, have an immediate effect on all those present.
For example the gift of the word of wisdom will be used by God to solve
a pressing problem that exists in a gathering of those reborn Christians
who need to have it resolved. Or, the gift of the word of knowledge might
be for the benefit of just one of them. Or, the gift of healing will enable
one of the gathering to instantly heal the illness of another
It must be stated at this stage that only those who are reborn of the Spirit
of God through the Covenant that was made on our behalf by Jesus when He
was crucified, died and rose from the dead, and are obedient to that Covenant,
shall receive any of the gifts as described in the following passage of
Scripture. This will be explained in more detail in the writings that follow
and form part of this series*.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even
as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking
by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can
say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities
of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations,
but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the
same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit
is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit
the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by
the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy;
to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues;
to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one
and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For
as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one
Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or
Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-13)
As we shall see below, king Solomon asked for and received wisdom and understanding
from God and as a result was famous therefor throughout the world at that
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said,
Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy
servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee
in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee;
and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him
a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my
God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I
am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen,
a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give
therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that
I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so
great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked
this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing,
and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for
thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself
understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy
words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that
there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise
like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked,
both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings
like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep
my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
lengthen thy days.
(1 Kings 3:5-14)
Some Psalms, most of the Proverbs as well as Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon
were written by him and we are still learning from them today.
Here are some passages of Scripture that should start you on your way to
obtain that which you seek:
And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the
singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from
the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and
their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;
They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and
into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant
of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord,
and his judgments and his statutes; And that we would not give our daughters
unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding
have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for
*A Song of degrees.* Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD;
that walketh in his ways.
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony
of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the
LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD
is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the
light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath:
we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years
are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they
be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow;
for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine
anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us
to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established
the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds
drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound
wisdom and discretion:
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and
with all thy getting get understanding.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall
be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right
paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou
runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her
not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of
the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not
by it, turn from it, and pass away.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge
of the holy is understanding.
The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit
the earth. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward
tongue shall be cut out.
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly
are his delight.
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof
there is no death.
Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment
shall be rewarded. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to
depart from the snares of death. Good understanding giveth favour: but
the way of transgressors is hard. Every prudent man dealeth
with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. A wicked messenger
falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. Poverty
and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that
regardeth reproof shall be honoured. The desire accomplished is sweet to
the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. He
that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools
shall be destroyed.
He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is
perverse in his ways despiseth him.
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly
of fools is deceit.
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth,
and is confident.
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to
them that devise good.
In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall
have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
to depart from the snares of death.
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth
him hath mercy on the poor.
Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that
which is in the midst of fools is made known. Righteousness exalteth
a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. The king's favour
is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth
of fools feedeth on foolishness.
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell
The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth
reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction
of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is
from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;
but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and
thy thoughts shall be established. The LORD hath made all things
for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Every one that
is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though
hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth
iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from
evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to
be at peace with him.
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips
increaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto
him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart
of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,
seeing he hath no heart to it?
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they
both are abomination to the LORD. Wherefore is there a price
in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth
He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding
is of an excellent spirit.
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding
shall find good.
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel
of the LORD, that shall stand. The desire of a man is his kindness:
and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the LORD tendeth
to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not
be visited with evil.
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are
a precious jewel.
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and
thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise
is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in
the congregation of the dead.
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness,
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is
of the LORD.
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart
unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them
within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may
be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have
not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That
I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest
answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch
shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon
him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and
might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make
him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge
after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity
for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of
his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And
righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle
of his reins.
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know
how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth
morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die
unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love
unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of
you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge
of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and
set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far
above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be
the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness
of him that filleth all in all.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask
in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the
sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he
shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable
in all his ways.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings
of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against
the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands
asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens
shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak
unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have
I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the
LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten
thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces
like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed,
ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when
his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put
their trust in him.
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of
trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for
thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the
LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. When
he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not
the cry of the humble. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble
which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from
the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of
the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. The heathen are
sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is
their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which
he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion.
Selah. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations
that forget God. For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation
of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man
prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD:
that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them
that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I
will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed
hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five
sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before
God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore:
ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever
shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before
the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before
the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of
man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the
Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing
thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no
fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig
tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled,
saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said
unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith,
and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig
tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and
be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever
ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
* Biblical Healing Part One.
* Biblical Healing Part Two.
* We Are One