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Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 2:10 PM

Proverbs 1:Wisdom's Call(9)

Ok, enough of the mistitling. Why can't I just call it what it is? A walk through proverbs 1:

Proverbs 1
20Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22"How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
Last time I posted on this (oh so long ago!) I pointed out that wisdom was in the streets, wisdom was availible. Wisdom was accessible. Wisdom was not insight and divine illumination into the future, but rather wisdom was discernment and spiritual maturity, recognizing good from evil and doing the right things.

With that introduction, we have to face the ugly reality. Just because wisdom is accessible doesn't mean that people want it.

Wisdom's cry begins with v. 22:
22"How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
The truth of the matter is that there are people that will hate the gospel, that will love being simple, will love being stupid, and in fact, will mock those who have wisdom. Not everyone is like Cornelius who feared God and prayed continually even when he had not heard of Christ yet. Most are like those in Thessalonica who were jealous and followed Paul to Berea to stop him from preaching.

I received a letter in the mail the other day calling for missionaries to Asia. It pointed to the 10-40 window and said of those who were unbelievers, explaining their commitment to idols, temple worship, the occult. They do this because "they sincerely seek forgiveness of sins."

As much as I agree with the need for missionaries and evangelists (being that it is grounded in the Great Commission), it is important to recognize a Biblical truth: There are those who will hate the message even after hearing it. The world isn't filled with people who long for and want to get to know God, to put their faith in Christ, but rather the world is filled with people who hate God, who are enemies with Him, who know the truth and deny it. The world is filled with the people who would crucified Christ all over again for the message he brought. Their condemnation is just.

And as was ours.

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