25 But ye have set at nought [para`] all my counsel [`etsah], and would ['abah] none of my reproof [towkechah]: KJV-Interlinear
25 because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, ESV
There is great blessing when you submit yourself to the instruction of the word of God, and listen and learn and grow up in your spiritual life. There is great cursing when you ignore or refuse instruction.
The word for nought, para, means to reject, ignore, to overlook, to not take seriously.
And of all of the failures in the spiritual life, the greatest failure and most frequent failure, comes in the form of failing to learn Bible doctrine.
And that failure is described here in this verse.
Throughout all of human history, over the last 6000+ years, only during these last ten years, because of the Internet and smart phones, and smart devices, has there been the most phenomenal advantage and opportunity to learn every aspect of the word of God, and to advance farther than anyone has ever advanced in their spiritual life.
And yet, in this age of fast-paced technology, there seems to be a tendency of greater indifference toward learning truth, rather than greater desire to learn Bible doctrine.
People view themselves as intelligent, as smart, as wise. And yet the wisest thing that anyone can do, is to learn Bible doctrine, which has infinite and eternal possibilities.
However, people tend to pursue the temporary things of this world, and base their beliefs on things that have no substance.
Wisdom, which is found in the Bible, is personified here as a woman. It is addressed to those who are categorized as simple, as scoffers, and as fools. We studied those three categories a couple of lessons ago.
The masculine, or the male, is the authority figure as designed by God. And yet wisdom is communicated from the feminine point of view, or the motherly source. And that is because those who ignore doctrine, typically reject authority, but will listen to the soft voice of the woman.
And for those who reject even the female voice, which is often considered as the most pleasant of all voices, only demonstrates the magnitude of the indifference toward God, toward Christ, and toward Bible doctrine.
And this is amazing, given the phenomenal technology of our time, and the phenomenal opportunity, which no one else in all of human history has had. And that points to a tremendous waste of opportunity, and a tremendous squandering of the resources which God has freely given to each one of us.
Study [by instruction],
to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]
a workman [student]
that need not be ashamed [ignorant],
rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]
the word of truth [Bible doctrine].
These studies are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.
And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever. To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.
The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.
But you have to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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