“Wisdom not Weakness” 9/24/2013

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Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Wisdom Not Weakness 2: Proverbs 24:8-12

8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

EXPOSITION:

He continues our study by emphasizing the need to cultivate an attitude desiring to be wise and not weak.  In this section, he describes for us several marks of those who are foolish and weak…

8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
A foolishly weak person is one that deliberately plans to perform evil against others…

A person who plans to bring to ruin the innocent shall be given the title a master of wicked devices.
Through the:
a. making plans to perform evil actions;
b. making plans to harm those who are innocent and defenseless;
they are clearly showing themselves as extreme in their rebellion against the Lord.

Although the wicked will attempt to hide his wickedness, his sinful ways will eventually be seen by his associates and will become known as one who has mastered acts of rebellion against the Lord.

There is [one] come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.”   (Nahum 1:11)

 

9) The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
A foolishly weak person is one that rejects the teachings of His Word…

1.  To make plans, without the application of God’s Word is an act of rebellion against the Lord
2.  Those that scoff and mock God’s Word are thoroughly disgusting to men.

When man makes plans without considering God’s Word, they are mocking His Word, rebelling against Him, and making themselves thoroughly disgusting to those around them.  Their actions not only harm the cause of the Lord, but, many times include bringing harm to others.

O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?”   (Jeremiah 4:14)

 

10) [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
A foolishly weak person is one who is weak in times of trouble…

1.  If a person grows weary and slacks off when faced with troubles
2.  it is a sign that their abilities and supplies are very limited.

The Lord promises that He will be with His people in times of need, and will give them overflowing sustaining grace to meet their every need.  Therefore, if a person is weak in times of distress, it shows that their relationship with the Lord is lacking:
a. Either, they are yet in their sins (unsaved);
b. or, as Christians,  they have unconfessed sin in their life resulting in a breach in communion with the Lord.

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”   (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)

11) If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
A foolishly weak person is one that is not gracious or kind to those in great distress and need…

If a person holds back from defending:
1.  those who are unjustly facing ruin or physical death
2.  those who are wavering or slipping down a slope into a slaughter.

One of the great roles to be played by the wise is the defense of those who are being mistreated and cannot defend themselves.  When a person holds themselves back from showing kindness to the afflicted it is to outward display of their foolishness and lack of understanding of God’s will.

[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”   (Isaiah 58:6-7)

12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?
A foolishly weak person is one who excuses their sin, and forgets the Lord knows their heart…

If a person excuses their sin by saying they did see the opportunity to help others in need, their actions deny that:
1.  the Lord closely examines their desires and motives.
2.  the Lord sustains their physical life and observes all aspects of their life
3.  the Lord will give back to men what they have given to others.

Those who are wise know that the Lord cannot be fooled, nor can sin be justified.   The attempted justification of sin, is an outward display of foolishness and a pride.

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [that is] in me.  Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. “   (Psalms 7:8-9)

SUMMARY:

Some of the marks of the person who is spiritually weak due to their foolishness:
1.  A foolishly weak person is one that deliberately plans to perform evil against others…
2.  A foolishly weak person is one that rejects the teachings of His Word…
3.  A foolishly weak person is one is weak in times of trouble…
4.  A foolishly weak person is one that is not gracious or kind to those in great distress and need…
5.  A foolishly weak person is one who excuses their sin and forgets the Lord knows their heart…

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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