Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – February 7, 2016
Theme: Wisdom for Living
Topic: Wisdom for the Wise
Main Texts: Proverbs 9:7-18, John 3:18-21, 2 Timothy 4:3-5
Key Verse: Proverbs 9:7 –“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the
wicked incurs abuse.” (NIV)
Solomon identifies three distinct groups of people as regards wisdom: the wise, the simple (or ‘naïve’), and the mocker (or scoffer, or wicked). We have seen that the wise is guided by the fear of the Lord, and constantly seeks to imitate Jesus Christ who is the embodiment of all wisdom. Solomon says we should “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still” (Pro 9:9). The simple or naïve may mean well, but is gullible, lacks understanding of issues and is easily swayed by others’ opinions. The mocker, however, is rich in the godless kind of wisdom, deliberately shuns true wisdom, propounds theories and puts up arguments lacking in the fear of the Lord. Solomon says: “Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.” (Pro 15:12). The Lord Jesus Christ encountered many of them. Of these people, he said: “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” (Joh 3:20). Apostle Paul, writing to Timothy says: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2Ti 4:3)
1. List some perspectives from which the mocker would speak “wisdom” and why there may be no common grounds with the truly wise.
2. What does Solomon advise as regards our conversations with the mocker? People do not deliberately choose to be naïve. Rather, naivety is often a result of inadequate knowledge and/or experience. Usually, the individual is open to learning. This is why the lady called Wisdom has a whole lot to offer the simple. She beckons: “Let all who are simple come to my house!” (Pro 9:4). Speaking of the simple or naïve, the Psalmist says “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.”(Psa 19:7). However, the naïve does not always know that he is naïve.
3. Give practical examples of mind sets or behaviours that reflect genuine naïvety that could benefit from Wisdom’s counsel and how the truly wise could help such a character. In Matthew 7:3-6, Jesus spoke of the foolishness and hypocrisy of trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye when we have a plank in our own eye. He advises: “… first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”. (Mat 7:5). The figurative person the Lord refers to here could be deliberately acting hypocritically, or hemay in fact not realise that he has a “plank” in his own eye, in which case the hypocrisy is not deliberate.
4. How can a wise Christian help someone who acts foolishly, when he (the wise Christian) is
not sure whether or not such action is deliberate?
Lord, I continue to seek your wisdom, and pray that it will be evidenced in my interactions with the wise, the
simple and the mocker. in Jesus’ name. Amen.