Mankind is suicidal apart from the grace of God. Solomon’s wisdom demonstrates the self destructive nature of sin. “But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death.” (Pro 8:36) The nature of sin is self destruction. The Devil’s greatest lie is to tell men that sin is self help, not self destruction.
Anyone who owns a dog knows that when a dog has a craving he will satisfy it and then that will be the end of the craving. The dog is fully satisfied by the flesh. You people have something different about you. When you satisfy inordinate desires, you are not satisfied, but rather guilt stricken. The deception of sin is that satisfaction is satisfying. Solomon warns to listen to the reproof God speaks, and avoid the folly of sin.
“Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight. Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed. A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word! The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below. The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure. He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live. The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”
These verses demonstrate the folly of the one who will not act righteously. God calls him to listen to Him, yet they will not. The warning in this passage is to choose the right path. the Christian should seek to draw near to God, and hear his life giving correction. Solomon said, “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.” (Prov. 15:23). The contrast between those who listen and those who do not begs the reader to choose which one he will be, the fool or the wise.
GOD DRAWS NEAR
“Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones. He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.”
God draws near to man. The secret to doing what is right is that the Christian does not go it alone. It is the power of the gospel and the very presence of the Spirit of God in the christian that gives him righteousness. God draws near to humble men, and only then they may have some honor (Vs. 33).
This is wonderful news. Verse 31 demonstrates that this is “life giving” correction. God made peace with His people when Jesus died on the cross. Every time one is tempted to sin, Jesus says to him, I died for you to have power over that sin. The good news gives new life. Christians are free from the bondage to sin.
Solomon continued the contrast between the fool and the wise in verse 32. The two ways of life are contrasted too one another as one is a way of “understanding,” or intelligence. The other is a way of self hatred. Sin truly is bondage because it makes a promise of self love, but only brings destruction. The gospel, on the other hand, promises freedom from sin, and results in a life of righteousness. Gospel wisdom leads to life