In the Book of Proverbs, sluggards are always male and dripping taps are always female. This is not saying that these are universal truths, but are general failings of each sex. A general failing may not be someone’s particular failing! It’s for thoughtful self-evaluation. Verse 24 is so true for boys.
“The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.” v14
How wonderful is this verse!
We can see clearly Jesus, the Wise Teacher training His disciples.
Psalm 119 paints the picture of God’s word being paramount. Here we have the teaching of the wise that enables a turning away from the snares of death.
V9 of Psalm 119 says something similar, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
So in a big absolute foundation -sense, Jesus is the WISE TEACHER, and He is literally the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE (He with finality broke the snare of death).
But, in His righteousness, we can be wise and teach wisdom! How wonderful is this truth!
We see it in Peter (we dwelt on this when reading Proverbs 9) – The foolish become wise! We see it in John, who gives us the gospel and those amazingly powerful three letters. Great wisdom coming from them, truly a fountain of life!
And what is still more wonderful – Throughout the ages since then, foolish people have become wise in God’s wisdom, and been able to pass that wisdom on!
Think of godly influences in our families. Mothers, Fathers, Grandmas, Grandpas, Uncles and Aunties, Close family friends.
We have a wonderful trove of preaching and discourse available to us, but even if we didn’t have that – We have God’s people at work throughout our lives. Those in our local church family, and those we meet at various times and places.
Praise God for His wisdom! That we can obtain it and share it! Praise God that through His teaching we can turn away from the snares of death!
Hallelujah, what a Saviour we have!