LISTEN TO WISDOM’S INVITATION
Proverbs 8-9 & James 3:13-18
March 16, 2014
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
USA
MARCH MEMORY VERSE
John 14:6
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the
truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except...
REFERENCES
• Knowing God by James I. Packer
• Seeking Wisdom-Finding Gold by Dr. David
Jeremiah
• Slaying The Giants In Yo...
WISDOM LITERATURE
10th CENTURY B.C.
Egyptian Literature “Wisdom of Amenemope”
‐ Accumulation of human observations &
exper...
ANALYSIS OF A PROVERB
ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME
(If you………..then………….)
Example: The Benefits of Wisdom in Proverbs 3
ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME
Proverbs 3:1-2
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my
commands in your heart, 2 for they w...
ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME
Proverbs 3:3-4
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind
them around your neck, write them o...
ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME
Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding; 6 in ...
ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME
Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first
fruits of all your crops; 10 then ...
Contrasts in the Bible
• Good vs. Evil
• Right vs. Wrong
• Spirit vs. Flesh
• Heaven vs. World
• Light vs. Darkness
• Wisd...
PROVERBS 9
Invitations of Wisdom and Folly
• Front porch invitations to come and feast
• “Let all who are simple come in h...
Wisdom vs. Folly
• What is wisdom?
– “The right use of knowledge” – Spurgeon
– “Common sense in an uncommon degree”.
– “Wi...
WISDOM’S INVITATION
Proverbs 9:2-6
2 She (Wisdom) has prepared her meat and mixed
her wine; she has also set her table. 3 ...
WISDOM’S INVITATION
• Invitation is spiritual in nature
• Invitation is public, in broad daylight
– Sent out servants
• Pr...
FOLLY’S INVITATION
Proverbs 9:13-18
13 Folly is an unruly (loud) woman; she is simple
(undisciplined) and knows nothing. 1...
FOLLY’S INVITATION
17 “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is
delicious! ” 18 But little do they know that the
dea...
FOLLY’S INVITATION
• Invitation is sensual and sexual in nature
–“Stolen water is sweet”
• Invitation is to lure you into ...
OLD TESTAMENT APPLICATION OF
WISDOM
Proverbs 5:15
15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water
from your own well.
...
NEW TESTAMENT APPLICATION OF
WISDOM
• The Letter of James
– Written by the Brother of Jesus (James)
– Leader of the Jerusa...
DEALING WITH TRIALS OF LIFE
James 1:2-4
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many ...
DEALING WITH TRIALS OF LIFE
James 1:5
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who
gives generously to all withou...
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
• INCOMMUNICABLE –Characteristics of God
alone; man cannot share in any of these
– Independence: self-ex...
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
• COMMUNICABLE – Attributes of God that are shared
with man
Genesis 1:26 KJV
26 And God said, Let us mak...
HOW CAN WE GET WISDOM?
1. Prayer –
James 1:5
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
1. Learn to “reverence” God...
EFFECT OF GOD’S WISDOM ON MAN
• God’s Wisdom Does Not:
– Provide divine insights on meanings about all
things in our life
...
TWO KINDS OF WISDOM
1. The Wisdom of the World
– Folly in Proverbs
2. The Wisdom from Above
WHO IS WISE AMONG YOU?
James 3:13
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let
them show it by their good life, by deed...
“HUMILITY COMES FROM WISDOM”
Proverbs 11:2
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with
humility comes wisdom.
Prover...
“HUMILITY COMES FROM WISDOM”
James 3:13
Matthew 23:12
12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who hum...
WISDOM OF THE WORLD
James 3:14-16
14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition
in your hearts, do not boast about...
“If you harbor bitter envy…”
James 3:14
• Envy – a feeling of discontent and resentment
aroused by the desire for the poss...
Envy Quotes
• Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s
blessings instead of your own. H. Coffin
• Envy shoots at oth...
WISDOM OF THE WORLD
“If you harbor…selfish ambition”
• Selfish Ambition
– Concern only for self.
– Willing to do anything ...
Boasting and Bragging
James 3:14
14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish
ambition in your hearts, do not boast about ...
WISDOM OF THE WORLD
James 3:15-16
15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from
heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16...
NOW, A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!
WISDOM FROM ABOVE
James 3:17-18
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is
first of all pure; then peace-loving, consider...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
1. PURE – Based upon God’s attribute of holiness
Psalms 19:8b
8b The commandment of the...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
2. PEACEABLE – True peace is an outgrowth of purity
Isaiah 57:20-21
20 But the wicked a...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
3. GENTLE – considerate, sweet reasonableness
2 Timothy 2:24
24 And the Lord’s servant ...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
4. SUBMISSIVE – Willing to yield, willing to
listen to reason
Ephesians 5:21
21 Submit ...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
5. FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS – Our
wisdom is demonstrated by our behavior
James 3:1...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
6. IMPARTIAL – not judgmental; sees everyone
as God’s creation
James 2:8-9
8 If you rea...
CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
7. SINCERE – without hypocrisy; real
Romans 12:9
9 Love must be sincere.
CONSEQUENCE OF HEAVENLY
WISDOM
James 3:18 NIV2011
18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest
of righteousness.
• Using...
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  1. 1. LISTEN TO WISDOM’S INVITATION Proverbs 8-9 & James 3:13-18 March 16, 2014 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. MARCH MEMORY VERSE John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  3. 3. REFERENCES • Knowing God by James I. Packer • Seeking Wisdom-Finding Gold by Dr. David Jeremiah • Slaying The Giants In Your Life by Dr. David Jeremiah
  4. 4. WISDOM LITERATURE 10th CENTURY B.C. Egyptian Literature “Wisdom of Amenemope” ‐ Accumulation of human observations & experiences Hebrew Proverbs – All wisdom is seen flowing from the true God ‐ Solomon was known throughout the world as the wisest man ‐ Solomon’s wisdom was a gift from God
  5. 5. ANALYSIS OF A PROVERB ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME (If you………..then………….) Example: The Benefits of Wisdom in Proverbs 3
  6. 6. ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME Proverbs 3:1-2 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Action: Do not forget, keep Object: Teaching, my commands Outcome: Prolong life, peace & prosperity
  7. 7. ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME Proverbs 3:3-4 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Action: Let ……..never leave you Object: love and faithfulness (for God) Outcome: favor, good name,
  8. 8. ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Action: Trust, not lean on self, submit Object: Lord, own understanding, ways Outcome: straight paths
  9. 9. ACTION OBJECT OUTCOME Proverbs 3:9-10 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Action: Honor Object: wealth, first fruits Outcome: overflowing harvest
  10. 10. Contrasts in the Bible • Good vs. Evil • Right vs. Wrong • Spirit vs. Flesh • Heaven vs. World • Light vs. Darkness • Wisdom vs. Folly – Proverbs 9
  11. 11. PROVERBS 9 Invitations of Wisdom and Folly • Front porch invitations to come and feast • “Let all who are simple come in here.” – Hebrew word for “simple” in Proverbs denotes one without moral direction and inclined to evil – Implies someone who is at a crossroads in life – Must make a choice
  12. 12. Wisdom vs. Folly • What is wisdom? – “The right use of knowledge” – Spurgeon – “Common sense in an uncommon degree”. – “Wisdom is knowledge using its head.” Twain • What is folly? – A lack of good sense, understanding or foresight – Stupidity – Acts committed by a “fool”
  13. 13. WISDOM’S INVITATION Proverbs 9:2-6 2 She (Wisdom) has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, 4 “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who lack judgment she says, 5 “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”
  14. 14. WISDOM’S INVITATION • Invitation is spiritual in nature • Invitation is public, in broad daylight – Sent out servants • Promise is life that brings truth, noble things and salvation
  15. 15. FOLLY’S INVITATION Proverbs 9:13-18 13 Folly is an unruly (loud) woman; she is simple (undisciplined) and knows nothing. 14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, 15 calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, 16 “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have lack judgment she says,
  16. 16. FOLLY’S INVITATION 17 “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious! ” 18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead. Proverbs 9:13-18
  17. 17. FOLLY’S INVITATION • Invitation is sensual and sexual in nature –“Stolen water is sweet” • Invitation is to lure you into a life of gullibility • This path leads to eternal death
  18. 18. OLD TESTAMENT APPLICATION OF WISDOM Proverbs 5:15 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25 25 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
  19. 19. NEW TESTAMENT APPLICATION OF WISDOM • The Letter of James – Written by the Brother of Jesus (James) – Leader of the Jerusalem Church – James appears regularly in early church history (Acts)
  20. 20. DEALING WITH TRIALS OF LIFE James 1:2-4 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Look at next verse!!
  21. 21. DEALING WITH TRIALS OF LIFE James 1:5 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. How do you get wisdom? Ask God. God will give you His wisdom to deal with the trials of life.
  22. 22. ATTRIBUTES OF GOD • INCOMMUNICABLE –Characteristics of God alone; man cannot share in any of these – Independence: self-existence, self-sufficiency – Immutability: entire freedom from change – Infinity: freedom from all limits of time and space – Simplicity: No elements that can conflict
  23. 23. ATTRIBUTES OF GOD • COMMUNICABLE – Attributes of God that are shared with man Genesis 1:26 KJV 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ‒ Knowledge ‒ Mercy ‒ Love ‒ Wisdom
  24. 24. HOW CAN WE GET WISDOM? 1. Prayer – James 1:5 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, 1. Learn to “reverence” God – Proverbs 9:10 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, 1. Learn to “receive” God’s Word – Psalms 119:98 98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
  25. 25. EFFECT OF GOD’S WISDOM ON MAN • God’s Wisdom Does Not: – Provide divine insights on meanings about all things in our life – Answer all the WHY’S of life • God’s wisdom Does: – Provide direction, appropriate actions & reactions – Example: Learning to drive a car
  26. 26. TWO KINDS OF WISDOM 1. The Wisdom of the World – Folly in Proverbs 2. The Wisdom from Above
  27. 27. WHO IS WISE AMONG YOU? James 3:13 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. Good life of deeds: Our actions show wisdom Deeds done in humility: Marked by meekness, modesty; not prideful or arrogant Humility that comes from wisdom:
  28. 28. “HUMILITY COMES FROM WISDOM” Proverbs 11:2 2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 15:33 33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 22:4 4 Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
  29. 29. “HUMILITY COMES FROM WISDOM” James 3:13 Matthew 23:12 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Philippians 2:3-4 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
  30. 30. WISDOM OF THE WORLD James 3:14-16 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. • Characteristics of World’s Wisdom: – Bitter envy & Selfish ambition
  31. 31. “If you harbor bitter envy…” James 3:14 • Envy – a feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by the desire for the possession or qualities of another. • Envy is a combination of covetousness and hatred for the person who has what you want • Envy – you are willing to seek to injure the person you believe is standing in your way: ‒ “That should be mine! They have no right to it.”
  32. 32. Envy Quotes • Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. H. Coffin • Envy shoots at others and wounds itself. • As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
  33. 33. WISDOM OF THE WORLD “If you harbor…selfish ambition” • Selfish Ambition – Concern only for self. – Willing to do anything to get ahead. – Prideful…”If it is to be, it is up to me.” – Sense of entitlement – “I deserve it.” – Sees others as competition or object to use to their advantage.
  34. 34. Boasting and Bragging James 3:14 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. - Bragging and lying are companions of envy and selfish ambition
  35. 35. WISDOM OF THE WORLD James 3:15-16 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. - The wisdom of the world is from Satan - Satan is the author of confusion and disorder - Evil practice: lying, cheating, stealing, gossip
  36. 36. NOW, A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!
  37. 37. WISDOM FROM ABOVE James 3:17-18 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
  38. 38. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 1. PURE – Based upon God’s attribute of holiness Psalms 19:8b 8b The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes - With God’s wisdom there are no ulterior motives or secret desires - The wisdom of God is absolutely pure
  39. 39. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 2. PEACEABLE – True peace is an outgrowth of purity Isaiah 57:20-21 20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. 21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Philippians 4:7 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  40. 40. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 3. GENTLE – considerate, sweet reasonableness 2 Timothy 2:24 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. James 1:19-20 19 Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
  41. 41. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 4. SUBMISSIVE – Willing to yield, willing to listen to reason Ephesians 5:21 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
  42. 42. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 5. FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS – Our wisdom is demonstrated by our behavior James 3:13 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 2:20 20 Faith without works is dead.
  43. 43. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 6. IMPARTIAL – not judgmental; sees everyone as God’s creation James 2:8-9 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
  44. 44. CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVENLY WISDOM 7. SINCERE – without hypocrisy; real Romans 12:9 9 Love must be sincere.
  45. 45. CONSEQUENCE OF HEAVENLY WISDOM James 3:18 NIV2011 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. • Using heavenly wisdom brings peace and multiplied righteousness to every situation. - PRAY FOR GOD TO GIVE YOU WISDOM
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