Heed my Reproof
Proverbs 1:20-23 “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My Words unto you.”
If you will notice here in these verses, Wisdom is seen as female….”she”.
This is important…..because it is to be us, as God’s servants (no, not just His ministers, pastors, or teachers)…..but all of us as HIs church, His believers, who are crying out HIs Wisdom to all passerby’s.
(Now I am not advocating for preaching on street corners…..unless you are so called. I am advocating for us to “send the light”…..to witness to others….to show the truth of God’s Word.)
But it is a picture of God’s Wisdom being shared with all the others….
….in the streets, in the work places, in the place of courts and gatherings, and in the city….
….all that we come into contact with….to be “crying” to them to repent and come to God.
This is true Wisdom.
(It is interesting to note that there are two definitions for “crieth”, in the Hebrew in these verses….
….the first “Wisdom crieth without” speaks for letting out a shout for joy! Letting everyone know the good news.
The second….”She crieth in the chief places…”. Speaks of stopping someone to make sure they hear the invitation.)
“How long ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?” These “simple ones” are those who refuse to go on with the Lord.
They know “enough”. They are “comfortable” in their lives with God….except God says that He has been calling them to go on with Him, and they have refused.
“The scorners delight in their scorning”. The scorners are they, who mock God’s Word…..who love to “poke holes” (or so they think) in the gospel.
They work very hard at laughing at the call to repent. They will not hear of their “sins”…..no, they are eager to point out others “faults”, and call all believers hypocrites, as they slander them.
The best illustration of scorners are those…..who seeing Noah build an ark on a hill…..came to hear him preach to repent and believe God….and went away laughing at that “crazy Noah”.
At least, until it started to rain.
“Fools hate knowledge”. Fools say “no, God”. (Psalm 14:1)
They refuse to hear, proclaiming the absence of Truth….and rejecting God, who is Truth.
“A fool is he who through this life pursues the clouds he can not own…..and leaves a wealth of things undone…..his tomb a final stepping stone”
When preaching on these verses, my husband used to quote this.
What emptiness and doom! What a life! Wishing for things that can never be…..while the things they could have been done,……were right before them….left undone.
But God’s call goes out to all of them…..”Heed My reproof”
“Turn you at My reproof”.
And it goes out through us, His believers.
But, no matter who goes by on the street, work place, or anywhere…..God’s reproof…..God’s call to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ….goes forth in Wisdom….
…..as we show His light and Word.
For if they will “turn”…..God would pour out His Spirit in faith, grace, salvation and sanctification.
God would make known to them His Words of life.
If they will do it…..He would “pour out”……that is abundantly meet the need….
……His Spirit unto them.
Are we ready to manifest God’s Wisdom…..and shout out with joy…..and give the invitation to those we come into contact with…..His Word, His Gospel.
Acts 17:30-31 “….but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man(Christ Jesus) whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”
Christ is coming again,….have we given the message, we’ve been given?