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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Wisdom: Warnings For Our Benefit Prov 4:14-17

14) Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men]. 
15) Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16) For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.
17) For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

INTRODUCTION:

These proverbs deal with the need to avoid submitting to the leadership and examples of the wicked…

EXPOSITION:

14) Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men].

As we live among the wicked of this earth we are to:
1. Not follow the well-trodden path of those who habitually break the laws of God.  Many have taken their path and have joined them in their travels.   Despite the number of their followers, we are not to be persuaded their ways are profitable.
2.  Do not follow in their footsteps, nor copy their lifestyle.  They are characterized as those who are harmful and destructive (to themselves and others).

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.  I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”   (Psalms 26:4-5)

15) Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
The four different aspects of resisting the temptation to follow them:
1.  we are to expose and then refuse it…
In other words, we are to see the true nature of their lifestyle (law breakers, harmful to self and others) and allow this to motivate our avoidance of it.
This is seeing things as they really are, not as they may be presented to us.
2.  we are to walk around it…
We are to be constantly watching where we tread and willfully walk over it, much like walking over a bump on the sidewalk.
This is consistently keeping our minds on what we are doing.
3.  we are to look ahead and turn to avoid it….
We are to be always thinking ahead noticing where our current path will take us.  Then change direction immediately if we see we are headed for troubles in the future.
This is thinking ahead and recognizing the results of our actions before they are performed..
4.  we are to turn our back on it and walk away from it….
We are to purposefully shun any temptation for evil doings and walk away from it without partaking of it.
This is exercising our will to refuse the wrong path.
 
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;”  (Isaiah 33:15)

 

16) For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.
To follow in their materialistic, greedy ways results in a unrest due to their obsessive selfishness and the resultant guilt :
1.  break in pieces the lives of others giving the wicked great gain at the expense of the broken.
2.  bring down others by trying to put a stumblingblock in their way, tempting them to follow their ways.  Why do they try to get others to join in their ways…. One possible reason to sooth their conscience by knowing there are others joined with them in their greed and abuse of others.

But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”   (Isaiah 57:20)

 

17) For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
Their greed for gain and their destructive ways to satisfy that greed results in them bringing spiritual and physical harm upon themselves:
1.  through their own actions they feed themselves with actions that are in disobedience to God and deserving of eternal judgment.
2.  their harm of others causes them to drink of their own harm at both the hands of man and God.
 
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. (Psalms 14:4)

SUMMARY:

In these verses, Solomon not only advised against choosing the path of the wicked, but he explained how to avoid falling into their trap, as well as supplying motivating reasons to oppose following their example.  Because the wicked reject the ways of God as well as bringing harm upon others and themselves, they are to avoid their temptation at all cost.

The four principles we can use to oppose their enticements are: seeing things as they really are, not as they may be presented to us; consistently keeping our minds on what we are doing with our lives; think ahead and recognizing the results of our actions before they are performed; and finally, making the right choice by exercising our will to refuse the wrong path.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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6 Comments

  1. Your four points to dealing with the temptation and the way of the wicked are excellent advice. The Christian life ,ust be one of forethought and careful intention led by the Holy Spirit. Thanks! Hey I hope you will check out the new blog “Lillie-Put” josephelonlillie.com

  2. Debbie says:

    I was really ministered to by this, Pastor Rob. I can look back and see a difficult time in my life, when I had to turn away from a destructive path . ..even though my spouse didn’t want to and was angry with me for not ‘going along’. As hard as it was, reading this now and understanding better what was going on at the time, blesses me that He was in it all, helping me. God bless you!

  3. The four principles are excellent advice. Thanks Rob.
    I line these verses with Proverbs 14:12, 16:25, 21:2.

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