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Lesson # Prov. 9:7-12
Study Material - Prov. 9:7-12
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
7 He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. 8 Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you, Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. 12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Wisdom invites hearers. It neither rebukes nor reproves anyone who might not be immediately interested. Though these two words have similar meanings, here they refer to two different kinds of approach to negative people or sinful people.
First we do not have the right to sit in judgment of others. On the one hand we might approach someone like a nagging, on going, opinionated, dripping constantly faucet. This produces a defensive reaction. We have no right to nag others. We have no right to hound others directly. It is far better to let them hear the word from some independent source (God always make this arrangement), and then decide for themselves what they must do in their own life. Then if they wish to know more, then they can ask you your opinion. Your opinion should be given in general terms of principle, rather than in specific lecture as to their infractions in life.
The second approach is to attempt to impose your opinion on others who do not seek out your opinion. Here you do not nag per se, but you do point their sins out to them and/or others around, and that is a violation of privacy. Everyone is entitled to their privacy. Gods Word reproves us all within the confines of our own soul. We hear the word, we know what our own life is like, and we either accept the truth of our own life and respond appropriately to correct our ways, or we ignore the reality of our life and we ignore the warnings God gives to us.
Public confession is out of line. Public rebuke is out of line. Marital partners pointing out the errors of the other are out of line. Parents pointing out the error of their children are certainly in line, but that pointing should be accompanied with the correct principles associated with the error.
To push your views off onto others is a violation of their rights of choice. Even if their choices are wrong. We have no right to impose our standards on others. God does not impose His standards on us. He merely points out His standards and the repercussions of following them or of ignoring them. Then the burden is on the person hearing the message.
Governments that impose religious doctrine are abusive and wrong in their policy. There is a principle of separation of church and state, and that should be adhered to rigidly. The best examples of this abuse come from the Middle Eastern countries.
Those people who are interested in Bible doctrine, those people who are interested in bettering themselves, those people who have a strong desire to learn, are teachable, do not take instruction as a personal insult, and will welcome instruction especially if it is provided without some direct attack on themselves.
Positive people will listen, will learn, and will grow as a result. People who are positive toward Bible doctrine will learn and benefit. Negative people don't care and will not grow except for whatever principles of Bible doctrine rub off of them from general society application -like perhaps law and order, or respect for parents, or things of that nature.
Wisdom is derived from spiritual growth. Academic wisdom comes from academic environments whether in school or off of the street. This jungle wisdom, or academic wisdom may help you function a little in society, but it is not true wisdom which orients you to life all around. Spiritual wisdom ties all the loose ends up in life, and brings your life to a completion of understanding.
Knowledge of Bible doctrine brings understanding. Understanding brings wisdom. Wisdom begins when you start to realize that God is greater than all that we know, and that without Him we are nothing.
He results of wisdom initially (salvation) is eternal life, extended days. And, in time (history), your life will be better fulfilled on this earth.
But you and only you can learn and grow up in your own soul. Your growth cannot come to you from someone else's growth. Your wisdom is your own. You live your own life. You cannot depend on others as crutches in life. If you are weak in doctrine, then you look to others to scratch your poor me attitude. If you are strong in doctrine, then you have independence in life and do not need the consultants for your emotional state, because your emotional state will be secure.
If you reject Bible study, then that rejection is yours and yours alone. No excuses. No one to blame in life but yourself. A negative person never accepts the unfair things in life, and wallows in the misery of their complaining. Life is full of unfair things.
The mature believer knows that life is full of unfair things, tries to avoid them by recognizing the signs (if possible), and whatever the outcome of any given event, moves on in life. Tears over spilt milk gain you nothing. Clean it up and get another cup. Move forward. Be persistent in doctrine today, tomorrow, and everyday of your life regardless of the circumstances you encounter in life (good or bad). You'll have them both. Expect them and ride out the bad and enjoy the good.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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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