PROVERBS
LESSON NINETEEN

   This evening we will be talking again about wisdom. The wisdom we are speaking of is God - Christ, and his Holy
Word. All true wisdom comes from God, through his Holy Word, and is given us through the inspiration of the Holy
Spirit. Men of old were inspire by God through the Spirit to write his word. Today we are given wisdom through the
Holy Spirit as we read and study that same word. He quickens it to us, and makes it real so that we can understand
and follow him and someday be in Heaven with him.

Proverbs 9:1-12
     1.  Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
     2.   She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
     3.   She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
     4.   Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
     5.   Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
     6.   Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
     7.   He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth
           himself a blot.
     8.   Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
     9.   Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in
           learning.
     10. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is
           understanding.
     11. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
     12. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

Verse 1 - Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

     [A] Wisdom hath builded her house
             [1] God created the universe and everything in it
             [2] He created heaven as his place of residence, and placed in it his throne
             [3] Isaiah 66:1
                  1. Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is
                       the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
                     [a] God created the earth for his own pleasure,
                     [b] He made everything upon the earth including man for his pleasure and glory
             [4] Christ came to earth as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind
                     [a] He established his church and built it upon himself
                     [b] He continues to build his church today through the Holy Spirit, and his Holy Word
             [5] Wisdom has indeed built her house.

     [B] She hath hewn out her seven pillars
             [1] What does seven in the bible represent?
                     [a] Seven in the bible usually represents something of or from God
                             [1-a] On the seventh day God rested
                             [2-a] Seven pairs of all the clean animals were taken into the ark
                     [b] In bible prophecy, seven always means completeness
             [2] What does the pillars represent?        
                     [a] A pillar represents strength
                     [b] A pillar represents beauty
                     [c] A pillar represents the very foundation on which a building is built.
                     [d] Everything God made is strong, it is built on him

Verse 2 - She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

     [A] God has made all the preparation
             
     [B] She hath killed her beast
             [1] God sent his son to defeat death and hell
             [2] On the cross he defeated Satan, and made a way for all mankind to be free from their sins
                     and the grip of Satan on them - thus he killed her beast

     [C] She hath mingled her wine,
             [1] God saw too it that his word - the wine was made available to all man
             [2] Since the beginning of time, God has preserved his word, no matter how hard Satan has
                     worked to try to destroy it, God has kept it intact even until today
             [3] Through the word we can know God,
             [4] He has mingled his word, and his wisdom among men

     [D] She hath also furnished her table
             [1] God has his table prepared for all who believe in his son
             [2] Someday soon, we will be called to come to the marriage feast of the Lamb
             [3] Everything is prepared and waiting the moment God says to come - but only those who are
                     ready and prepared to come will be allowed inside

Verse 3 - She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
     
     [A] The wisdom of God has made use of the most proper means to communicate Divine knowledge
             to the inhabitants of the earth;
             [1] He has and still does use various means to communicate his words to man
     
     [B] It is a custom to the present day, in Asiatic countries, to send invitations to guests by a company
             of females, preceded by eunuchs: they go to the doors of the invited, and deliver their
             message.
             
Verse 4 - Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

     [A] The call has gone out to those who are simple
             [1] We have talked in times past how the simple, and unlearned are those who can receive the
                     call of God
             [2] The learned often are so educated in secular things they cannot accept the things of God
             [3] The call goes out to them the same as it goes out to the simple, but they refuse to hear and
                     believe

     [B] The call goes out to those who wants understanding
             [1] Those who want understanding from God are those who seek it.
             [2] Those who seek understanding from God will eventually find it
             [3] Unless one wants to learn, and is open to the teaching of God, they will block their heart
                      mind and will not receive knowledge from him.

Verse 5 - Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled

     [A] The cry of wisdom is to eat of my bread and drink of my wine
             [1] It is God’s desire to teach us his wisdom
             [2] He is calling out to us to eat of his bread, - to partake of the body of Christ - that we might
                     be saved
             [3] He is calling out to us to drink of the blood of Christ, the wine which represents his blood
                     [a] Jesus said, “AS oft as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do so in
                             remembrance of me.        

Verse 6 - Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

     [A] What does it mean to forsake the foolish
             [1] It is a warning that we are not to live a foolish life
             [2] It is a warning that we should not socialize with foolish people

     [B] And Live
             [1] Socializing with the foolish leads one down the path of destruction
             [2] Before long, when one is around the foolish long enough, the foolishness of the wicked
                     rubs off on you, and you start acting as they do
             [3] We are warned to forsake the foolish and live, have eternal life, to be saved and assured of
                     our salvation

     [C] Go in the way of understanding
             [1] The wise man, the wise woman, will strive to go in the way of understanding
             [2] They will refrain from foolishness and foolish people
             [3] They will seek their wisdom and knowledge from God
             [4] They will strive to follow the understanding gleaned from the Holy Spirit

Verse 7 - He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth
     himself a blot.

     [A] The person who mocks at sacred things; the infidel; who turns the most serious things into
             ridicule, will by his wit, often succeeds in rendering the person who reproves him as being
             ridiculous.
             [1] Many of those who are teaching and preaching blasphemies about God have the ability to
                     turn our arguments into something that looks ridiculous to man
             [2] Take for instance the Jehovah’s Witnesses
                     [a] They are so trained and instructed with answers for any argument we can throw
                             against them
             [3] Scientist - although wrong in their thinking, argue their points from a so-called scientific
                     point of view whereas we argue from what we read in the bible        

     [B] We must be wise, when we are arguing a point
             [1] We desire to see the person change and believe in God
             [2] We must be cautious that we do not sin, by getting angry and blowing up at them, we must
                     deliver our own soul.
             [3] All reproof should be given in the spirit of love and deep concern
             [4] When they contradict and blaspheme, we must leave them to God.

Verse 8 - Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

     [A] When you rebuke an unwise man, he will argue against you, and you will make an enemy

     [2] When  you rebuke a wise man, he will be glad, for he is seeking to do right, and appreciates your
             telling him he is doing wrong

Verse 9 - Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in               
     learning.

     [A] This is exactly what we just looked at in verse 8

Verse 10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is
     understanding.

     [A] The fear of the
             [1] We have talked much about the fear of the Lord in times past
             [2] Fear of the Lord is
                     [a] Reverence of the Lord
                     [b] Respect for the Lord
                     [c] The knowledge that God is God and we must obey him
                     [d] It is loving God so much that we do not want to disappoint him

     [B] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
             [1] Until one fears God, and knows who he is, they cannot begin to get wisdom
             [2] It is when we have love, respect and reverence for him that he can teach us his ways

     [C] Knowledge of the holy is understanding.
             [1] The more knowledge of God we have, the greater understanding we will have for
                     Everything
             [2] To have understanding of the things of God, we must begin to understand the holy,
             [3] The bible says God is Holy, so to understand holy we must strive to understand God

Verse 11 -  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased

     [A] Sin has the tendency to shortens human life
             [1] One worries
             [2] One frets
             [3] There is no peace
             [4] There is no happiness
                     
     [B] Righteousness lengthens it
             [1] The righteous has God to turn too
             [2] There is no need to worry
             [3] There is no need to fret
             [4] They have peace
             [4] They have the promise of eternal life

Verse 12 - If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

     [A] If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself
             [1] It is for you own interest that you are be religious
                     [a] Your example may be very useful to your neighbors and friends, but the chief
                             benefit is to thyself.
                     [b] You may help others see the light of Christ, but your main concern and main
                             blessing is that you have the light yourself
             [2] What good is it to shout from the rooftop that you are religious, unless you are living it and
                     are truly religious
             [3] You can teach, preach and do all manners of good, but unless you re a born again believer,
                     you will be lost.

     [B] if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it
             [1] Those who scorn the gospel and refuse to receive the doctrine of wisdom will die in their
                     sins
             [2] They alone will be responsible for their actions, and they will suffer the results alone.