Listen to Wisdom’s Invitation Pro. 8:1-6, 17-21, 32-36; 9:12, 18 March 16, 2014

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Introduction 

       I am pleased in our schools we recognize some students are advanced beyond what is normal. It is surprising how some of these students find learning easier than many others. If some of these students also respects the Bible and believes God has wisdom to share in His Word; they make a great contribution. I love to see a young Christian person who loves the Lord and His wisdom; who also is hungry to learn more.            

 

1.    An . . Invitation of Wisdom. 8:1-6 

       A.   The . . Call of An Invitation of Wisdom. 8:1-3

       1 Doesn't Wisdom call out? Doesn't Understanding make her voice heard?

        At the heights overlooking the road, at the crossroads, she takes her stand.

       3 Beside the gates at the entry to the city, at the main entrance, she cries out:

 

       B.   The . . Common Sense of An Invitation of Wisdom. 8:4-6

4 "People, I call out to you; my cry is to mankind.

       5 Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced; develop common sense, you who are foolish.

       6 Listen, for I speak of noble things, and what my lips say is right.


       I think everyone should be interested in wisdom. Why would someone not be interested in wisdom? The Bible is a book of wisdom and many verses call to the believer to pay attention. For some people having to rely on the Bible for wisdom might speak to them about a lifestyle that is not wise; so some people reject wisdom because they might have to change their lifestyle. But seeking wisdom is simply a matter of common sense.

Have you noticed that common sense is really not that common? I don’t know exactly when it happened but I started being interested in wisdom somewhere in the 1970s. One verse I especially like is James 1:5. But the more I am exposed to the Book of Proverbs, the more I am aware of several wise statements and a plea for us to seek wisdom. One should not brag about common sense or wisdom but certainly seek both of them.             

 

2     An . . Invitation of Folly Rather Than Wisdom. 9:13-17

       A.   The Call of Folly Many Times Comes From A . . Woman 9:13-15

       13 The woman Folly is rowdy; she is gullible and knows nothing. 

       14 She sits by the doorway of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,

       15 calling to those who pass by, who go straight ahead on their paths:

 

       B.   The Call of Folly Most Times Comes For . . Whosoever. 9:16-17

16 "Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,

       17 "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten secretly is tasty!"


       No one makes a bigger fool of a man than a woman. She could be called, Folly, and eagerly try to

entice men to come by her side and follow her ways. See certainly does not represent wisdom. Following her

or heeding her way of living never causes a man to grow in wisdom, or practice wise ways of living. This woman also calls out to whoever and prefers the inexperience who also lack good sense. This is a lifestyle

that represents the opposite of the ways of wisdom. Why don’t men learn? I think they are reasoning with their emotions and not their mind.



 

3.    An . . Invitation with Consequences. 8:-17-21, 32-36, 9:18,12,

       A.   The Consequences of . . Lasting Wealth. 8:17-21

       17 I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.

       18 With me are riches and honor, lasting wealth and righteousness.

       19 My fruit is better than solid gold, and my harvest than pure silver.

       20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,

       21 giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.


 

       B.   The Consequences from . . Listening To Instruction. 8:32-36

32 And now, my sons, listen to me; those who keep my ways are happy.

       33 Listen to instruction and be wise; don't ignore it.

       34 Anyone who listens to me is happy, watching at my doors every day, waiting by the posts of my

       doorway.

       35 For the one who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,

       36 but the one who sins against me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

 

       C.   The Consequences from . . Lack of Wisdom’s Knowledge. 9:18, 12

9:18 But he doesn't know that the departed spirits are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

       9:12 If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear the

       consequences."


              How often do we think of wisdom, or the lack of it, producing consequences? Most of the people

who have lived several years into their adult life will have to agree there are consequences. As we look over some wise decision, and some unwise decision; that wisdom or the lack of it leveled some consequences. One of them would be lasting wealth. The older we get the more we should seek and pay attention to wisdom’s instruction. People who make the same mistakes over and over again because they lack wisdom will bear the consequences because they never Listen to Wisdom’s Invitation. Amen? Amen!