Thinking ability Is a Protection
Thinking Ability: (Heb. mezimmah) In the evil sense, this can mean wicked plans, evil ideas, schemes, and devices. In the favorable sense, it can mean shrewdness, perceptiveness, discretion, and prudence. In the favorable sense, it is the ability to judge wisely and objectively. Mezimmah, therefore, the human mind and thoughts can be used for an admirable and upright end, or for evil purposes.–Ps 10:2; Pro. 1:4; 2:10-12; 5:1-2.
Proverbs 2:10-15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 for wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Thinking ability will keep watch over you,
understanding will watch over you,
12 delivering you from the way of evil,
from the man who speaks perverse things,
13 from those who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15 men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways.
Some have felt that personal Bible study is for the pastor, or maybe there is a fear of the unknown. Even the words “hermeneutics” or “Exegesis” seem to spark a measure of fear into the average churchgoer. Hermeneutics is simple principles and rules for correctly interpreting the Bible, while Exegesis is a balanced application of those rules and principles. Yes, before a person ever sits down to take Bible study serious; they should study at least one book on how to interpret Scripture. This writer would recommend the small 324-page book, Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide for Discovering Biblical Truth, by Roy B. Zuck. Really, it is written on about a 7th – 8th grade level, which I truly appreciated, and it has lots of charts and diagrams to help one get an image of what is being spoken about.
One could decide to start small with fifteen minutes a day. They could commit themselves to one month of not missing their study time for anything, and scheduling everything around it. After thirty days, you will have a habit, and can then add 15 more minutes, raising it to a half hour. Each month thereafter, another fifteen minutes, and you will have your hour. To be honest, the morning is probably best, because you will be well rested.
Verses 10-12 of chapter 2 indicate that we are obligated to develop a passionate desire for accurate knowledge, which can touch the heart and the very soul. Moreover, it is a basis for good understanding and discernment. Why would we have to develop a desire for knowledge, wisdom, discernment, and understanding? It is an acquired taste because most of us are not geared toward the study of things, even if it is the Bible. The apostle Peter tells us two very important things about Scripture. (1) We need to be “like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” (1 Pet. 2:2) Notice Peter said that we must form a longing for the Word of God. Why? (2) Peter also said that the Apostle Paul’s letters “are hard to understand.” (2 Pet 3:16) Well, if you have ever tried reading through the book of Romans, you likely agree, and then some. This statement is true of every Bible book really. Just picking one area of importance, without some understanding of the original setting, the Bible background of that setting, we will likely never arrive at the correct understanding. We undoubtedly will just understand it based on our modern way of thinking. Just as some healthy foods and drinks are an acquired taste, after some time, you actually like the taste; so too with Bible study that can be boring and dry at times. When we realize that wisdom is a lifeguard that protects us against Satan and our own fleshly desires, we acquire a longing for such knowledge. Verse 12 is straightforward enough, woman wisdom is seeking to deliver is from the ways of the wicked, not to mention our own sinful desires, as we all are mentally bent toward wrong. (Gen 6:5: 8:21, AT)