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Wisdom

Bro. David Chancellor
3/6/2011 6:00 PM

Proverbs 9:1-12

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Wisdom has prepared a feast. “She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.”  God still speaks to our hearts and offers us the opportunity to know and understand what is good and right and what he would have us to do.

“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.”  A scorner mocks the Bible, but wisdom is still wisdom. “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. “ If you don’t have reverence for God, you’re not on the path for wisdom.  Your attitude determines what you’ll receive.  Our attitude is important.

When man gets his head full of learning, he thinks he knows a lot.  Education isn’t bad, but arrogance and pride is.  Keep your ear turned to hear God.  A wise man will take instruction and advice.

Many need the fear of the Lord before you have much to offer them.  The Spirit of God needs to grip peoples’ hearts.  Too many people have no knowledge of God at all.  That’s sad.

When you walk with God, your life can be blessed.  We can find in God the answers we need for ourselves. “If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.” We endeavor to tell people the truth and we have the responsibility to do it.  Whatever we do, it is our responsibility.  We will give account for what we do.  We won’t be able to put blame on anyone else.  Determine what way you will take.  What others do isn’t important.  You will bear responsibility for your own attitudes and actions.  If you scorn and reject the word of God, you will bear it.

God has prepared it for us.  We need to come and get it.  Hear his invitation with reverence and respect.  Appreciate it.  We must respect God if we would have his wisdom.

John 7:14-18

Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

The Jews were amazed at Jesus. “And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?”  Jesus was presenting the law of God without formal training.  He understood what they had spent years trying to figure out.  He went to the lawgiver for the explanation.” Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”  What is your attitude about it?  Do you want to do God’s will or not?  Want to do what God wants you to do.  When you do, you can understand the word of God.

What do you want to do?  When it comes to the things of God, what you want determines how open the word of God will be to you.  Too many study to find loopholes.  If we want to do what’s right, wisdom can find us.  If we want our own way, we can find plenty of excuses for it.  Our attitude determines whether we will get much from the word of God.

“He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” The gospel is God’s.  If we’re here to promote self and seek our own glory, something’s wrong.  We want God’s word to go out to the world.  If you want God’s way, God will help you to hear what he has to say and put it into action.

Proverbs 1:7-9

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” Hold onto that knowledge with great respect.  It will reflect well on your if you are able to take instruction and hear wisdom.

Proverbs 1:10-19

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” It sounds like they were thieves and robbers. “Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:” Sin is like a Nigerian chain letter.  It scams you of what is of real worth.

“Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.” Birds are smart enough to know a trap when they see it.  Sinners, often, are not.  Wisdom would warn you of traps.” And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”

Greed destroys lives.  God can supply your needs.  Greed prevents people from ever having a really good life.  God can bless you and make what you have supply your needs.  Be consistent and do good work.  Selling yourself to get ahead isn’t the road to real success.  Choose to serve God.  God’s word exposes the snares that are out in the open.  Find your riches in God.

Proverbs 1:20-33

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

God is merciful.  When you turn to God with all your heart, you’ll find him.  If you have a wrong attitude and reject God, there are consequences down the road.  God would reveal things to you if you would turn and listen.  The consequences begin long before eternity.  If we reject what God would speak to us, there will come a time when it will come back to haunt us.  You can get yourself bound by things that are hard to quit.  Consider the long term.  Don’t put off salvation.  Get a healthy respect for who God is and what it means to fool around with him.  There’s a reason the warnings are in the Bible.  Under Christ, willing disobedience is forgivable.  When you are a scorner, and cast your lot in with the sinner, it works some things in you that you will have to deal with when you come back to God.  The road back will be long and hard when you put obstacles in your own way.  Think about the choices you make in the light of God.

“For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” You can be rich and this still apply to you.  It could be your destruction. “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Choosing God is a good way.  It is the wise choice.  Many miss out on wisdom by not going God’s way.

Galatians 6:7-9

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

God’s word can open up to you and guide you when you fear God.  If you go the way of sin, that’s what you’ll reap.

Realize you’ll eventually stand before God.  Think about how you want it to go and seek God for help to go in God’s way.  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Reap the blessings and help of God.

What is your attitude toward God?

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