1. Pray before starting 2. Introduce righteous & wise vs.
wicked & fools
What does it mean to be righteous & wise vs. wicked & foolish?
(Doing what God wants rather than what Satan wants. Godly life vs. worldly life) A fool is anyone who lives his life as if God doesn't exist. We can do that as Christians when we say we believe in Him, but then live as if He isn't really there. We make decisions without Him and do things that would offend Him, but seem to think He either can't see or won't do anything about it. We live our lives according to our standards instead of His; it is all like He is not even there. In Proverbs, there are five types of fools: Simple fool: vulnerable, doesn’t know better, simple-minded, doesn’t see cause-and-effect relationships. Silly fool: quick to speak before thinking, easily angered, hates correction, and thinks his way is the right way Sensual fool: seems to purposefully make wrong choices, rejects God’s wisdom and prefers the world’s way, and focused on short term gratification Scornful fool: eye-roller, has disdain/contempt for God, embraces anything against God, doesn’t listen to correction, and needs punishment to get his attention Stubborn fool: most dangerous, totally rejects God and His ways, self-confident, close-minded, acts as his own god, does not submit to God, and drags others along, highly persuasive
3. Ask the class to look for cause and effect relationships between righteous & wise vs. wicked & foolish as we read Proverbs 10. 4. Ask Questions:
What stands out to you in the passage? Is anything surprising, seems redundant, hard to understand, etc. from the passage? What did you notice about the righteous & wise? What did you notice about the wicked & foolish?
(The righteous deliver from death, are crowned with blessings, which bring wealth without painful toil, their wealth is their fortified city, their name is used in blessings, their mouth is a fountain of life, their lives are longer, their wages are life, their tongue is choice silver, they do not go hungry, their lips nourish many, their lips know what finds favor, from their mouth comes fruit of wisdom, their prospect is joy, what they desire will be granted, the way of the LORD is their refuge, they walk securely, they will never be uprooted, they will stand firm forever, and their love covers all wrongs. A wise son brings joy to his father, accepts commands, holds his tongue, has lips of discerning, stores up knowledge, is a man of understanding, shows the way to life, is prudent, and his hands bring wealth.) (The wicked will be found out, have cravings thwarted, their mouths conceal violence, but they are
. and learn to understand and honor the lives of those around us. and multiplies words rather than stopping his sin. let love cover the faults of those around us. A foolish son is disgraceful. dangerous activities). turn to God when temptation comes. don’t treat everyone as God would treat them (perhaps because we think they’re too strong. faithfulness. will not remain in the land. don’t speak crassly (cursing/crude language). cause grief. spend time with God. peace. invites ruin.). goodness. can we be righteous & wise on our own?
(No. their tongue will be silenced. patience. pick on others. peace. are obedient the first time we are told. do not have fruits of the spirit (love. earn sin and death. try to talk our way out of it when we do something wrong. think we are better than anyone else is. finds pleasure in wicked schemes. leads others astray. kindness.overwhelmed with violence. love all people. )
In our own lives. their hopes come to nothing. smart. speak respectfully. Righteousness & wisdom must be searched for by actively asking God to change us and give us fruit of the spirit)
If we try really hard. do what we know makes our parents (and God) proud. their treasures have no lasting value. we are naturally sinners and are too weak to break free from Satan’s grasp without Jesus to do it for us)
Do choices we make help us be righteous & wise?
(Yes. how can we see that God is making us righteous & wise?
(Want to do what pleases God. dies for lack of sense. weak. get in fights. their lips only know what is perverse. conceals hatred with lying lips. their years are cut short.)
How can we see we’re letting Satan keep us wicked and foolish?
(Are not always nice to people. are abundantly full of fruit of the spirit (love. tell lies (even little ones). annoy others. skinny etc. is poor. gentleness and self-control). and they frustrate and annoy those who send them. brings grief to his mother. are ruined by poverty. exercise. disobey our parents/teachers (don’t clean our room/turn in homework). listen before speaking. make poor choices (eating habits. their heart is of little value. It also gives us the resources to help others become closer to God so that they too can have fulfilling lives)
What should we do to try to become righteous & wise?
(Read the Bible. but only because it helps us become closer to God. stupid. joy. gentleness and self-control). is punished. their name will rot. who is our source of righteousness & wisdom)
Why do we want to be righteous & wise?
(It allows us to receive fulfillment throughout our lives that cannot be found elsewhere. are known for being vessels Jesus shines His light through. desire and are given spiritual gifts rather than physical/worldly gifts. will be overtaken by what they dread. and let Him guide our lives)
5. the LORD is their ruin. help others learn to want and be given spiritual gifts. patience. use bad language.)
Which is easier?
(Wickedness and foolishness come naturally because of our sinful nature. spreads slander. joy. gossip. goodness. fat. faithfulness. are gone when the storm has swept by. kindness. comes to ruin. stir up conflict.
The fear of the LORD adds length to life.
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth. but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
The wise store up knowledge. but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. but it is the ruin of those who do evil. but the righteous stand firm forever. but diligent hands bring wealth.
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes. but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes.
The wise in heart accept commands.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city.
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value.10 The proverbs of Solomon:
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life. but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Whoever winks maliciously causes grief.
Hatred stirs up conflict. but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless.
The righteous will never be uprooted. but the heart of the wicked is of little value. but righteousness delivers from death. but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
The prospect of the righteous is joy. but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning. but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.
A wise son brings joy to his father.
Blessings crown the head of the righteous.
The lips of the righteous nourish many.
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son. but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor.
When the storm has swept by. but the wicked will not remain in the land. but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. but the name of the wicked will rot.
What the wicked dread will overtake them.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. but the prudent hold their tongues. and a chattering fool comes to ruin. but love covers over all wrongs. without painful toil for it. the wicked are gone.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom.
The wages of the righteous is life.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely. but the years of the wicked are cut short.
The name of the righteous is used in blessings. but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry.
. but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. so are sluggards to those who send them. but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Lazy hands make for poverty. but fools die for lack of sense.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver. what the righteous desire will be granted.