I. The Lingering Tension of Competing Offers
II. The Contrasting Outcomes of Alternative Choices
III. The Blessed Enjoyment of Embracing Wisdom
IV. General Takeaways from Such a Particular Passage
I. Humbly Lacking Yet Seeking Wisdom – 30:1-9
II. Hindrance and Help in Pursuing Wisdom – 30:10-33
III. Refresher Course in the Right Use of Wisdom – 31:1-9
Proverbs 13:20; 17:17; 27:5-6; 18:24; 20:6; 27:10
I. True friends are chosen (13:20)
II. True friends are constant (17:17)
III. True friends are candid (27:5-6)
IV. True friends are few (18:24)
V. True friends are a rare jewel (20:6 & 27:10)
I. Limiting Our Attention to an Obscure Verse
II. The Limitations of Wisdom: Constraints for Our Good
A. A World of Limitations
B. The Contemporary Sensibility
C. The Sensibility of Proverbs
III. The Limitations of Wisdom and the Word Made Flesh
Proverbs 15:1-7, 23-33
I. Words Damage
II. Words Edify
I. The fundamental realities of this world
II. The fear of the Lord
III. The fountain of life
IV. And let the one who is thirsty, come!
I. What does Proverbs teach about Pride and Humility?
II. What do we need to learn about Pride and Humility?
I. Similar Invitations to Very Different Parties
II. Two Types of Party Animals
III. Which Party Will You Attend?
I. A Call toward What It Takes to Live – 1-5
II. An Encounter that Captures What We’re Up Against – 6-23
III. A Repeated Call and Reminder of What Is At Stake – 24-27
I. Cling to Wisdom, It Is Your Guiding Light – 20-24
II. Flee Seduction, It Will Destroy You – 25-33
III. There Is No Escaping Seduction’s Destruction – 34-35
I. The Conundrum of the Passage: Odd Ducks as Interpretive Keys
II. The Context of the Passage: Seduction by the Strange Woman
III. The Content of the Passage: Three Seductions in a World of a Thousand Seductions
I. The Father’s Vivid Charge to Sexual Purity
II. The Grievous Outcome of Not Honoring This Charge
III. The Delightful Outcome when This Charge Is Honored
I. What does the father want the son to hear in this lesson?
II. What should we hear from this lesson?
I. The Way of Wisdom and Its Light
II. The Way of Wickedness and Its Darkness
III. Learning to Love the Light
I. Receiving Wisdom as a Valued Inheritance
II. Pursuing Wisdom as a Form of Insurance
III. Embracing Wisdom as a Romantic Involvement
I. How do wisdom and discretion grant and beautify life?
II. How does lacking wisdom and discretion make life ugly?
III. What is the ultimate outcome of this beauty and ugliness?
Proverbs 1:20-33; 3:13-20; 8:1-36
I. Calling Out Wisdom
II. Wisdom Calling Out
III. Wisdom’s Great Worth
I. Why is it important to hear instruction in wisdom?
II. What does it look like to live in this wisdom daily?
III. Why would we ever choose to live another way?
I. The 'talk'
II. The stakes
III. The fear of the Lord
IV. True wisdom
V. True hope
I. The Foolishness of the Sinners' Pursuits
II. The Reward of the Parents' Instruction
III. The Call to the Beloved Son