A. What God wants for mankind is not impossible or even hard to find (Deuteronomy 30:11-20 and Romans 10:5-13).
- The problem has often been that man wants to seek after everything but that which God wants for us (Isaiah 55:1-7).
- That problem continued in the first century (Philippians 2:21) and is not set to change for the better in the future (II Timothy 3:13, II Peter 3:3, and Jude 1:17-18).
- Are we hungry and thirsty for the right things (Matthew 5:6)?
- Think about how Jesus taught His disciples in regard to being focused on spiritual things (Matthew 6:19-34).
II. Body: “Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth” (Proverbs 17:24).
A. Looking at some of the terms of our study:
- “Wisdom”: “Wisdom (in a good sense): — skilful, wisdom, wisely, wit…” (Strong’s # 149). Cf. Proverbs 1:1-7
- The term translated “understanding” is very broad. The Hebrew term appears@ 2109 times in the O.T. It is most often translated “before” (1137 times) and face (390 times). Therefore, the idea is that wisdom is in front of the reader.
- “Fool”: “properly, fat, i.e. (figuratively) stupid or silly: — fool(-ish). Fool, stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one” (Strong’s # 3684). Cf. Psalms 49:10, Proverbs 3:35, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 15:14, etc.
- There is a difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom (I Corinthians 1:18-31 and I Corinthians 3:18-19).
- For us today, we can obtain wisdom through the written word of God which is right in front of us (I Corinthians 2:1-16, Colossians 3:16, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
- For us today, correction is a source of wisdom (Proverbs 29:15).
- For us today, things around us can provide us with wisdom (Proverbs 6:6-11).
- For us today, wisdom is obtained through instruction (Proverbs 8:33, Proverbs 9:9, Proverbs 19:20, and Colossians 1:28).
- For us today, wisdom is obtained through observation of the failures of others (Proverbs 21:12).
- Once found, wisdom is stored up inside of the heart of those that find it (Proverbs 14:33).
- Fools just keep feeding on foolishness (Proverbs 15:14).
- While the instruction is to invest in wisdom (Proverbs 23:23), such an investment doesn’t make any sense for a fool (Proverbs 17:16).
- What does God tell us about the carnally focused eyes of a man (Proverbs 27:20)?
- Are your eyes set on things temporary (Proverbs 23:5)?
- Is eternal life enough for you, me, us; as it was for the faithful of the past who didn’t even know what we know (Hebrews 11:8-16; cf. I Peter 1:1-12)?
- Our treasure hunt (Matthew 13:44-46).
- What have we come to (Hebrews 12:22-23; 12:28)?
- What should we long for (Psalms 119:166-167 and Psalms 119:174)?
- Yet, when the world comes calling what is the price those seeking more than Heaven will settle for (Matthew 16:24-27)?
III. Conclusion: Ecclesiastes 6:7-9
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