Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.
Accepted By God
These verses today give us a number of insights for two different kinds of people… two different paths… two different hearts. Solomon shows us the contrasts between the knowledge that comes from God and the arrogance of the foolish person… I mean how they think they are wise and smart… So first verse 6.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
Why can’t the scoffer find wisdom? I suppose it is because he never admits he’s wrong about anything. Only when a person admits they don’t know something will they be open to learn. As the scoffer tries to debunk what others say he is elevating himself above them and would never lower himself to seek counsel from them because that might imply they are wiser than he.
Then the last part of this verse; for a man of understanding… a man who knows he is broken and lacking. A man who knows he is prone to wander… he feels it and needs good and true counsel. For him it’s an easy thing to seek godly knowledge... he hungers for it... like good food for the soul... he makes it his banquet.
7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
This one is pretty clear… the understanding person sees through a foolish persons hard hearted arrogance. They don’t have good council to give and neither are they open to it.
You know we become like those that we choose to and enjoy fellowshipping with. So we leave the presence of a foolish person.
Next Solomon says:
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.
So the prudent person is wise in that he discerns his own way... he sees his brokenness and need... how he falls a million miles short of God’s glory and seeks advice like the person in verse 6. And he does not long or seek out comradery with the foolish.
Lastly for today Solomon says this:
9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.
The guilt offering that the Jewish people gave to the Lord in Solomon’s day was a lamb without any blemishes. It pointed to the promised Messiah...
Leviticus 5:17-19 tells about it: 17 “If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible. 18 They are to bring to the priest as a guilt offering a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the wrong they have committed unintentionally, and they will be forgiven. 19 It is a guilt offering; they have been guilty of wrongdoing against the Lord.”
So when God opened the eyes of people so they realized that they were sinners… for example possibly it was years before in their life… Now they see they had wronged their neighbor… They had stolen or treated someone unfairly or without love. So they were to offer an unblemished lamb as a guilt offering to the Lord.
In the New Testament it was John the Baptist who proclaimed this in John 1:29 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Some people thought this the guilt offering was a foolish practice... but it pointed to the one who offered the only hope for the sins of mankind…
We see a lot of people today that mock believers saying believing in Jesus has always been for weak people who walk the face of the earth. They probably don’t know how right they really are.
We human beings are utter weaklings in that we are namby-pamby pushovers for sin.
Today as a Nation we are realizing the evil and wrongness of slavery and prejudice. Well, the father of lies, satan himself who first tempted Eve… he has made us slaves to sin. We come into life with a heart for serving him. We are weaklings to the furthest extent.
The good news is that as Romans 5:6 says: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Why is that awesome news!? The guilt offering has been paid!!! Jesus the Lamb Of God who never sinned and so is without spot or blemish freely laid down his life on the Cross and was paid the wages of our sin. And God applies or imputes… he gives his righteousness to all who look to him in faith… to all who with joy turn away from delight in sin to delight in him. That's our initial repentance. We, who once treasured various promises of sin as we sought after the next possibility for satisfaction… which always ended with regret… right? But now God has given us eyes to see Jesus as the greatest treasure in the Universe worth leaving all to follow after the rest of our life. And as believers, God gives us the same power that raised up Jesus from the grave to live victorious lives over sin in this world. And so we live lives in circles of repentance as we grow in Christ the rest of our lives. When we fall we humbly look back to the offering of Jesus on the Cross who was already paid the wages of our sin. And in joy we take up our cross and follow him… day after day.