Sunday, November 10, 2013

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 12:15-16

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Lack Of Recognition & Shame Of Sin: Proverbs 12:15-16
15) The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
16) A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.

In this section of our study, we are presented with a lack of shame which is the counterpart to a lifestyle that recognizes its own sin, experiences disgrace and sorrow die to it   …. 

Here we can see that wickedness is the counterpart to a wise lifestyle is reflected by ignorance of sin and disgrace over it…

15) The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
1.  A foolish man sees the course of his life as being in alignment with the commands of God.  Because of this, he will not accept correction, nor does he see the need to change his ways.   He is content in his sinful condition not even realizing his great need of Christ.

2.  A wise man recognizes that he is deficient and not perfect.  Because he sees the great needs in his life, he listens and considers the advice of those who live according to God’s Word.  He is never content with his lifestyle understanding that he always has sin he must deal with and he must always seek forgiveness and repentance from the gracious hand of the Lord. 

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.   (Luke 18:9-14)

16) A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.
1.  Because the fool does not recognize their sin, they do not try to hide it but they freely commit them in public.  This results in the public quickly recognizing the fool’s rebellion and anger.

2. A wise man, because he sees his sin, and the shamefulness of it, attempts to deal with it in a Godly fashion in private between him and the Lord.  Every sin is a sin against God, and therefore, it is an issue that is to be dealt between us and the Lord alone.  The only exception to this should be when another individual is affected by our sin, in which case, we are to go to them in a repentant spirit asking for forgiveness.

Also, keep in mind that our dealings with sin are between us and the Lord … there is no need for a human intermediary, nor for any organization to plead our case before the Lord.  Christ alone, who sits at the right hand of the Father is the only Mediator that we need.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.   (James 1:19-20)


When we fail to recognize the sin that is in our lives, for the Christian it will result in spiritual shipwreck.  For those who have never come to a saving knowledge of Christ, it will lead to eternal spiritual ruin and separation from God in the Lake of Fire.  Let us all pray in the same way as Job when he said….

How many [are] mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.   (Job 13:23)
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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