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Proverbs Our Goal F rom the book of Proverbs we will learn how to be wise, but correctly, in practical ways. Wisdom isn’t necessarily intellectual might. The prerequisite for wisdom is, instead, to be humble, to feel our need and then to seek for wisdom.
Proverbs Contents 1 The Call of Wisdom 2 From Ears to Feet 3 A Matter of Life and Death 4 Divine Wisdom 5 The Blessings of the Righteous 6 What You Get Is Not What You See 7 Dealing With Fights 8 Words of Wisdom 9 Words of Truth 10 Behind the Mask 11 Living by Faith 12 The Humility of the Wise 13 Women and Wine
Proverbs Lesson 10, March 7 Proverbs Lesson 10, March 7 Behind the Mask
Key Text Proverbs 25:6 NKJV “ D o not exalt yourself in the presence of the kings, and do not stand in the place of the great.”
Behind the Mask Initial Words T HERE are different ways to deceive. One of the most common is through language. Some of the proverbs this week deal with words, lying words, flattering words, pretty words to cover ugly thoughts and intentions. We need to be careful not only about what we say to others but about how we interpret what others say to us.
Behind the Mask Quick Look 1. Be Glorious Mask (Proverbs 25:2, 3) 2. Be Wise Mask (Proverbs 26:12, 16) 3. Be Friend Mask (Proverbs 27:5, 6; 26:21)
Behind the Mask 1. Be Glorious Mask Proverbs 25:2, 3 NKJV “ I t is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.”
1. Be Glorious Mask The Mystery of God W hat makes the glory of God different from the glory of kings is His “mysterious” nature and by implication our human incapacity to fully understand Him. The Hebrew root str (“conceal,” “hide”), from which comes our word mystery, is often used in the Hebrew Scriptures to characterize what makes God the only true God (Isa. 45:14, 15).
1. Be Glorious Mask The Mystery of God On the other hand, what makes the glory of kings is their willingness to be scrutinized. Transparency and accountability should be the first quality of leadership (Deut. 17:14–20). It is the king’s duty to “search out a matter”; that is, to give an explanation for events and for what he is doing.
Behind the Mask 2. Be Wise Mask Proverbs 26:12, 16 NKJV “ D o you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than him. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.”
2. Be Wise Mask The Fool What is true for one person, or one culture, might not be true for another is a dangerous error, especially in the moral realm. Certain things are right and others are wrong, regardless of our personal preferences. God’s Word must be our ultimate source for knowing right and wrong, good and evil.
2. Be Wise Mask The Fool In the case of fools, as seen in this proverb, the reason to be concerned is that the influence of their folly will go beyond themselves. They are now more convinced than ever of their wisdom; they will therefore repeat their folly.
2. Be Wise Mask The Fool They may even be so convincing that others will think they are wise, will honor them, and consult them for advice, which can lead to big problems (Prov. 26:8). Folly will spread, but labeled as “wisdom,” it can be that much more damaging. Furthermore, fools are so foolish that they are not aware of their folly.
2. Be Wise Mask The Sluggard It is ironic that lazy people work hard to find excuses for their laziness! “There is a lion in the road!” There- fore, it is wiser to stay at home and not to confront the danger. But by doing just that, we miss all the opportunities that life offers. We will not be able to move forward if we are afraid of obstacles.
2. Be Wise Mask The Sluggard Just as the door swings on its hinges but doesn’t go anywhere, lazy people turn in their beds; they just change position but don’t go anywhere. In verse 15, is even more startling. They can get their hands into a dish of food but are too lazy to bring them back to feed themselves.
2. Be Wise Mask The Sluggard But even worse is their intellectual laziness, their closed-mindedness and certainty about their own positions. Therefore, they will always be right, wiser than seven wise men (vs. 16), and will not be open to other views, perhaps wiser than their own. Those who think they have all the answers usually don’t.
Behind the Mask 3. Be Friend Mask Proverbs 27:5, 6; 26:21 NKJV “ O pen rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.”
3. Be Friend Mask Friend as Enemy I f we are more disappointed by our friends than by our enemies, it is because we expect good from our friends and evil from our enemies. It doesn’t always work out that way, though, does it? That’s why Proverbs warns us that sometimes a friend behaves like an enemy and an enemy like a friend.
3. Be Friend Mask Friend as Enemy Love will sometimes oblige us to rebuke our friend, and it can run the risk of appearing unpleasant, judgmental, and critical. We might even lose friends if we speak out. Yet, if we do not warn our friends about what they are doing, especially if it will bring them harm, then what kind of friend are we?
3. Be Friend Mask Enemy as Friend Those who slander your enemy before your face, to make you think they’re on your side, are really like “charcoal”: they feed the quarrel and lead you into the fire of more troubles (vs. 21). We should be careful not to believe in every nice speech we hear. Proverbs, here, speaks strongly against this deceptiveness.
Behind the Mask Final Words “ E verything that Christians do should be as transparent as the sunlight. Truth is of God; deception, in every one of its myriad forms, is of Satan.... We cannot speak the truth unless we know the truth.... We cannot speak the truth unless our minds are continually guided by Him who is truth.” —EGW Reflecting Christ 71.