The Counsels of Wisdom are Foundational
Published August 30th, 2017
Proverbs #4 The Counsels of Wisdom 8-30-2017 I. THE VALUE OF GODLY INSTRUCTION AND LAW [ verses 8-9 ] 1. A Command- It implies that Godly parents will, with all the wisdom they have, instruct their children, and, with all the authority they have, give law to their children for their good. ➲ “Hear the instruction of thy father” The command is to LISTEN ! The command is to give attention and concentrate ! ➲ “F orsake not the law of thy mother”- “ Law ” is “ a rule of action or conduct laid down or prescribed by authority ” 2. A Reason For Keeping The Command- It is our introduction to LAW, that we may learn to fear and respect authority, first in the home and then as we mature in society and especially towards God . II. THE WISDOM OF REJECTING THE PATH OF BAD COMPANY [ verses 10-19 ] 1. A Warning Concerning Certain People - “ S inners ” The word “ sinners ” has reference to those who are notorious, open, and bold in their sin. 2. A Warning Concerning The Enticements Of These Sinners - To “entice” is to tempt , to lure , to make appeal , to convince , and to coax. They will seek to lure and coax God’s people away from the instruction and rules of wisdom. 3. The Deceitfulness Of Their Enticements [ verses 11-14 ] There is always a progression in Sinful behavior that is away from God and deeper into Sin. 4. The Destructiveness Of The Sinner’s Way [verses 16-19] 5. The Avoidance Of Bad Company - There is a threefold exhortation of the avoidance of bad company [verses 10, 15]. ➲ “ if sinners entice thee, consent thou not ” [verse 10]. ➲ “ walk not thou in the way with them ” [verse 15]. ➲ “ refrain thy foot from their path ” [ verse 15 ]. III. THE FOLLY OF REJECTING THE PATH OF WISDOM 1. The Call And Promise Of Wisdom [verses 20-23] ➲ Wisdom is Available. ➲ Wisdom comes in the Proclaiming of God's word ! ➲ As we turn at the instruction of Wisdom we receive; - The Spirit of God poured out, - Enlightenment. 2. The Call Of Wisdom in Four Terms [ verses 24-25 ]. ➲ “ I have called ” [ verse 24 ]. This is a general call. ➲ “ I have stretched out my hand ” [ verse 24 ]. This is an offer. ➲ “ counsel ” [ verse 25 ]. A dvice, guidance, and direction. ➲ “ reproof ” [verse 25]. This speaks of rebuke, and admonishment. 3. The Rejection Of Wisdom’s Call [ verses 24-32 ]. ➲ “ ye refused ” [ verse 24 ]. Declining, turning down, rejecting , and spurning the instruction of wisdom. ➲ “ no man regarded ” [ verse 24 ]. A failure to seriously consider and to fairly judge the instruction of wisdom. ➲ “ set at nought ” [ verse 25 ]. The treating of the instruction of wisdom as nothing . ➲ “ would none of my reproof ” [verse 25]. A failure to receive the reproof and corrections of wisdom. ➲ “ would none of my counsel ” [ verse 30 ]. A failure to receive the advice and guidance of wisdom. ➲ “ despised all my reproof ” [verse 30]. A failure to appreciate the correction of wisdom. 4. The Results Of Rejecting Wisdom’s Call [verses 26-32]. ➲ " Laugh " at our calamities. ➲ " Mock " our Fear, or undue anxiety and preoccupation with worldly things. ➲ " Ignore " God will not Answer. ➲ " Loneliness " God will not be found. 5. The Promise To Those Who Hearken Unto The Instruction Of Wisdom [verse 33]. Hearkening unto wisdom, one receives a conscious security, and finds deliverance from carnal cares and fears .