1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Today, we’re going to begin three messages on wisdom.
3. There was a time in history when people traveled great distances in search of wisdom.
4. These people endured hardship in their travel.
5. They risked their very lives in their travel.
6. 1,000 years before Christ,
7. people traveled long distances seeking after wisdom.
8. The Bible tells us about the Queen of Sheba traveling a long distance to observe Solomon’s wisdom.
9. She represented a historical phenomena of her day.
10. You may be asking, "But why?"
11. Because God’s people were recognized, at that time, as the possessors of wisdom.
12. Babylonians, Persians and many others traveled to the land of Solomon to know the God of wisdom;
13. and we, our listening friend, should thirst and hunger for that wisdom, too.
14. We should be seeking after the Lord Jesus Christ, the Source of all wisdom.
15. The Word of God says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
16. and, today, I want to begin a short series of messages on biblical wisdom;
17. and I want to begin by telling you that there are six words used in the Bible and they’re all translated "wisdom."
18. The most common word is the word "chokmah".
19. The word refers to the person’s ability to make the right choices at the right times.
20. This is the definition of wisdom in Book of Proverbs.
21. Listen to Proverbs 1:20 to 33.
22. I want to call this message, "The Plea of Wisdom."
23. The first Chapter of the Book of Proverbs is a contrast between folly and wisdom.
24. You find that wisdom and folly are represented as two women.
25. Both Folly and Wisdom are calling out.
26. Both Folly and Wisdom are inviting people.
27. Both Folly and Wisdom are tempting us to follow them.
28. The first nineteen verses of Proverbs 1, you hear the call of Folly.
29. I will not spend a great deal of time on Folly so I can focus on Wisdom;
30. but you must understand that both Wisdom and Folly are active in their pursuit of us,
31. and they are both in competition with each other.
32. In fact, there is a huge difference between the invitation of Wisdom and the invitation of Folly.
33. Wisdom operates in open honesty.
34. In contrast, Folly operates in secret.
35. Wisdom operates in the clear sunshine.
36. Folly and evil operate in the darkness.
37. Solomon said that Wisdom is pleading for all people everywhere to receive it;
38. but, sadly, Wisdom’s voice is often drowned by the pursuit of Folly.
39. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
40. The reason we know that Wisdom’s plea goes unheeded is because the fear of God is not part of people’s lives and conduct.
41. Listen to verse 22 of Proverbs 1.
42. “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?”
43. There are three questions that are addressed to those who choose to ignore wisdom and pursue foolishness.
44. These questions need to be answered by every human being.
46. how long will the naïve remain in his naivete?
47. How long will the scorners remain in their scorning?
48. How long will the foolish remain in their foolishness?
49. In other words, how long will you not hear the voice of God?
50. God is telling you that the fear of Him is the beginning of wisdom.
51. Someone may say, "What is the fear of the Lord?
52. Am I supposed to be terrified of God?"
54. The fear of the Lord means that you do not grieve the Lord.
55. Fear of the Lord means a devotion to Him.
56. Fear of the Lord means a dread of sin,
57. and those people who ignore wisdom are the people who miss opportunities and waste their money.
58. When they get education, they do not value it.
59. When they get wise counsel, they refuse to accept it.
60. When people are in the grip of folly, they need to hear the words of rebuke from the Word of God;
61. and the difference between the wise and the foolish is found in how they respond to biblical rebuke.
62. Those who accept the rebuke of the wisdom of the Word of God will succeed.
63. Those who get angry and ignore biblical rebuke will keep on repeating their error.
64. Why do I say this?
65. Because folly hardens the heart.
66. Hard soil must be plowed and broken before it can be used to produce crops.
67. Clay must be kneaded and pounded before it can be shaped into a useful and beautiful vessel.
68. Likewise, the heart that has been hardened by the folly of pride cannot be made soft for its true purpose.
69. The people who refuse to be broken by the wisdom of God’s Word will never be useful to God.
70. People who refuse to accept wisdom’s admonition will never be of help to anyone else.
71. Wisdom is one of the New Testament names of the Holy Spirit.
72. Ephesians, Chapter 1, verse 17, tells us that He is the Spirit of wisdom.
73. Solomon is saying, in Proverbs 1:28 to 31, that, when wisdom is scorned,
74. when wisdom is rejected,
75. when wisdom is ignored,
76. wisdom will, one day, mock those who have rejected it.
77. Wisdom, one day, would laugh at those who ignored it.
78. This does not mean that God will rejoice when you are suffering the consequences of your foolish choices.
80. This is a figure of speech.
81. Let me illustrate this point.
82. If I am sick and go to the doctor and the doctor gives me medicine;
83. and, then, I bring the medicine home, but I refuse to take it;
84. and I put the medicine by my bedside table;
85. and, then, say to myself,
86. "The doctor doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.
87. I’m not going to take this medicine.
88. This medicine can’t really help me…"
89. and I let the medicine sit there by my bedside.
90. Every morning and every evening, I look at the medicine and say, "I am fine.
91. I don’t need you, medicine.
92. The doctor did not understand what I really need.
93. I know what I need and it is not this medicine."
94. You know what is happening here?
95. The very presence of the medicine by my bedside is a cry by the medicine to me to use it;
96. but, if I keep on refusing,
97. what happens then?
98. I die,
99. because I refuse to take the medicine.
100. What happens then?
101. The medicine would be sitting there as a mockery to my foolishness.
102. The medicine would be sitting there as a monument to my stupidity.
103. The medicine would be laughing at my stubbornness and hardness of heart;
104. and, so, my listening friend, this is the picture here.
105. The Bible tells us about a man by the name of Noah.
106. God called Noah to build an ark.
107. God was about to flood the earth, and the only way to survive was in that ark.
108. Noah built the ark,
109. and warned people of the coming flood.
110. Noah invited them to come into the ark.
111. He said, "A deluge—a flood is coming.
112. Please come into the ark..."
113. but, instead of heeding his warning, Noah’s neighbors jeered him,
114. and Noah’s neighbors called him a fool.
115. Noah’s neighbors could not see any sign in the sky of a flood.
116. Their human logic, which is folly, told them that it wasn’t going to flood;
117. and, so, my listening friends, they refused the invitation of wisdom;
118. and the Bible said that, after Noah and his family and the animals entered the ark, God shut the door.
119. You notice, my friend, who shut the door?
120. God did.
121. Now, this is very important.
122. It was God’s invitation that the people rejected.
123. It was God’s loving call that the people rejected,
124. and it was God who shut the door.
125. When the warning is not heeded,
126. when wisdom is scorned,
127. when God’s plan is rejected,
128. then the invitation is withdrawn.
129. The opportunity has passed and the chance is gone.
130. Verse 28 of Proverbs 1 says this:
131. “People will cry out for wisdom but could not find it...”
132. but, my listening friend, isn’t that ironic?
133. When wisdom cried out to people, they rejected it and chose folly instead;
134. then, when the invitation of wisdom is withheld because they rejected it, it will be too late.
135. Proverbs, Chapter 1, verses 29 and 30, gives us two reasons why Wisdom’s plea will come to an end:
136. because it had been detested,
137. and, because it had been despised;
138. and the result of detesting and despising Wisdom will be the reaping of one’s own harvest.
139. Listen to verse 33 as we conclude.
140. Those who accept Wisdom’s rebuke and turn to the living God will dwell safely
141. and those who do not will live in fear and dread.
142. My listening friend, Noah was called a "fool" by his fellow men;
143. but Noah was the one who rested secure in the midst of the raging flood,
144. and the real fools were the ones who rejected God’s invitation and died in fear and dread.
145. My listening friend, will you accept the plea of Wisdom today?
146. Will you reject Folly today?
147. Will you receive Wisdom before it’s too late?
148. Will you come to Jesus Christ and receive Him as the Savior of your life today?
149. It is the cry of our heart that you would say, "Yes."
150. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.