Proverbs: the Cast

26 February 2014

Proverbs Sermon Series

If the book of Proverbs, our current teaching series, were a theatrical production, the following may be the dramatis personae:

The wise, whose example is worth following (2.2) and is skilled at living out God’s will in everyday life. ‘Wise’ in Proverbs means generally ‘masterful understanding’, ‘skill’ or ‘expertise’. It should not be confused with the (very different) Greek concept of (mere) philosophical or rhetorical skill.

The fool, who is consistently opposed to God and His covenant (1.7). The fool is dangerous in his/her influence (13.20, 17.12), and causes grief to his/her parents (10.1). But, the fool is not beyond hope (8.5)

The simple, who is not firmly committed either way to wisdom or folly, and so is easily misled (14.15); his/her real problem is not applying themselves to the discipline needed to gain and grow in wisdom.

The righteous, who has embraced the covenant, seen from the perspective of his faithfulness to God’s will.

The prudent, who carefully plans their obedience.

The wicked, who rejects God’s Lordship.

The scoffer, who is worse than a fool (21.24), since he is less teachable.

The one who is wise in his own eyes, who is almost beyond hope (26.12), since he is less unteachable still.

The sluggard, who will not begin things, finish things, or face things, and so consequently is restless.

Who can you identify with? For more background to Proverbs, download our accompanying study booklet.

This blog post was written by Dan Martin.