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Lesson # Prov. 10:8-10
Study Material - Prov. 10:8-10
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8 The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be thrown down. 9 He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out. 10 He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be thrown down.
The wise person is open to correction. An open minded person recognizes authority, recognizes good counsel, is teachable and willing to learn and better himself. He walks securely in life, not by merely being brash or arrogant, but by knowing his destiny, knowing the world that spirals around him, being oriented to the world, oriented to life, oriented to God. A person of wisdom is not born that way, but is made that way through instruction from other sources. And with instruction comes learning if one is positive and desires to learn, of course.
There are those folks who desire to learn, but their desire is focused on violence. These are not wise folks, but herein referred to as the fools of life. They allow the deceit and pretense of wisdom of others to be their counsel. We see a lot of this in the Middle East. That younger generation, over there, is raised on hate and prejudice to the extremes. Their views are narrow and confused on life and everything else it would seem. So the violence over there, escalates.
The babbling, 'saphah', a person of empty unending talk. They speak with pretended wisdom. They are arrogant, because all sin is founded in arrogance. Arrogance is the foundation on which everything anti-God, rests. That foundation is sand, fluid, insecure, and destined to crash anything standing on it.
The contrasts of the wise and the fools are many. Here are presented a few. The wise is open to instruction, open to learning. The wise seeks all manner of knowledge. The wise examines knowledge, compares knowledge, determines what is right and what is wrong. The wise looks to God, and through doctrine receives the clarity of thought and decision making process that leads to good decisions.
The fool looks to narrow bits and pieces of knowledge. They lack knowledge of God. They lack knowledge of God because they reject Gods Word. They look to other philosophies. The reject valid authority and accept invalid authority. They reject valid guidance and counsel, and pursue invalid guidance and counsel. Invalid guidance presents violence, deceit, self centered goals, and cares nothing for others. They are intolerant of others. Others are expendable and only associated with if it is to the advantage of the fool, or useful to the fool.
The wise are very aware of the needs and concerns of others and is very tolerant of others. The wise are flexible in so far as getting along with others opinions. They are not rigid, even if the opinions of others are obviously wrong and or anti-Biblical.
In the end, the wise has confidence, while the fool has no confidence. What is confidence? It is not a comfort level with some ability or talent you might have. Many a fast salesman seems confident in his ability to make the sale. That is not confidence, but thorough training in the ability to deceive or confuse.
Confidence is orientation to life, orientation to God. Confidence is knowing that first, you are saved, that your destiny is in heaven. Second, that if you study your Bible daily, then you will grow up spiritually. Third, that you will know with certainty that if you remain in fellowship, then you are inside the security fortress of Gods palace, that blessings will flow to you, that life's troubles will fly by you without harming you because God has made provision for everything that will occur in your life. Fourth, knowing that in eternity you will receive blessings and rewards due to your spiritual growth, and therefore a favorable review at the Judgment Seat Of Christ immediately after the rapture.
The fool has none of this, therefore no confidence except for pseudo confidence. And pseudo confidence changes like the weather and disappears at death.
'The babbling fool is thrown down.' This is repeated twice in verse 8 and 10, and surrounds perversion. The fool lives a perversion of life because they embrace that pattern of life by choice. It is not forced on them, but chosen by them.
Everyone in life has a choice in life. If they turn positive toward God, then God gives then circumstances that will bring doctrine to them or take them to doctrine. Sometimes a person could be caught up in a war, for example, and thrown into slavery and taken to where doctrine is made available to them. God can make any set of circumstances come out right for a person.
If a person is negative, then circumstances tend to pile up until it is clear that the people will never turn to God regardless of their misery. And these are the fools of life. They reject truth defiantly and even to the point of death. They wink in their pretended happiness or contentment. The wink is meant to impress people. People can see winks. God sees the soul and overt actions are not necessary for God to be able to evaluate the thoughts and intents of the soul.
People may be able to fool other people, but no one can fool God.
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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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