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Precepts and Warnings -I

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A look at the positive precepts found in Proverbs 24

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(Slide) A precept (n) 1. A general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought . 2. A writ or warrant)
We all have rules, or a moral code (precept) that we live by. Some are good, maybe some we are diligently asking God to remove for they are not so good. The bible is full of precepts they are called
(Slide) doctrine, command, decree or even commandment.
(Slide) Another way to look at a precept is a timeless truth in the form of a simple illustration
Proverb 24 in most translations have a header of “Precepts and Warnings” today we will look, in a survey at the precepts, next week at the warnings

I. Precept - Wisdom to build on

Proverbs 24:3–4 NASB95
3 By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.
Now remember the simple definition of precept “a timeless truth in the form of a simple illustration.” So is the writer saying wisdom is needed to build a house, or is there a spiritual truth to it? - YES
Can’t build a house without a plan, have to have wisdom to have the plan, then wisdom to put the plan into action. But then we are talking about a spiritual house.
1 Peter 2:5 NASB95
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Now, in looking at these verses let’s talk about the house, the house we build spiritually and the house we build spiritually for our family which is much more important than the physical house.
(Slide) This house is built on wisdom - already mentioned that it takes wisdom to build a physical house, and it takes wisdom to build the spiritual house to, we are to build our house with the wisdom that God gives freely, abundantly (think of Jam1:5)
(Slide) It is gracefully designed (full of grace) (think of Rom5:17)
(Slide) Solidly erected (established) - think of Psm40:2
(Slide) Beautiful furnished - with precious things like, grace, mercy, forgiveness, compassion all wrapped up in love.
This house is ready for the spiritual war that has to be fought (vv.5-6)
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 NASB95
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
The precept of our spiritual house being built on wisdom and understanding that is firmly established so that we can face the the spiritual wars that was to destroy us. God has given us His precepts to help us
Ephesians 6:12–13 NASB95
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Wisdom prevails over strength, knowledge over brute force.
Proverbs 24:5 NCV
5 Wise people have great power, and those with knowledge have great strength.
You cannot fight a spiritual battle in your spiritual house with brute force.
It is not by our own personal strength, but the the collective strength of the body of Christ we overcome (i.e. the multitude of counselors)- the counselors we have are the 40 writers that are God inspired that we as the body stand in unison on.

II. Precept - Wisdom is soul saving

Proverbs 24:13–14 NASB95
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; 14 Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:14 NASB95
14 Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
As honey is sweet on your lips and nutritious for your body, so is wisdom for your soul.
As we are waiting for the appearing of our blessed hope
Titus 2:13 NASB95
13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
let us not only took but patiently await with great desire. So, what to do as we wait?
Proverbs 24:11–12 NASB95
11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. 12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,” Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?
Pro 24:11
(Slide) Be concerned about the souls of man. Do what you can do to help save the souls of man.
(Slide) These verses are a precept but they are also a warning.
(Slide) We cannot be negligent in carrying the message to save souls - (v.12) - negligent or ignorant we do not want, our precept has to be to save the souls of man
(Slide) lost are being lead off to death - we are to hold them back - (v.11)
The Lord weighs our hearts, are they found lacking?
Are we carrying out the Great commission?
One article I recently read says:
(Slide) “About 90% of all the people won to Christ are won by 5% of the professing Christians. If everyone sought to win souls the way you do, would you be saved today? “ -Charles Woods
Ouch- that hurts not easy to swallow that is it?
So the solution to this is
1 Peter 3:15 NASB95
15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
Sanctify Christ as Lord
Be prepared
Be gentle and show reverence (respect)

Precept - Wisdom is God fearing

Proverbs 24:21 NASB95
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change,
Fear of the Lord should be a great comfort and assurance to the believer. It should also be a challenge and a prayer for the king, in our case our government. We are to stay the Christian course even when evildoers seem to be prevailing.
Proverbs 24:19–20 NASB95
19 Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked; 20 For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
It is wise to know the truth, there is no future for the evil man except to be cast out into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:14–15 NASB95
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
We don’t want this for us, we don’t want this for others, again the precept of soul winning should come to mind. As the righteous, as the light of the world your light should shine bright the light of Jesus in you, even in the midst of hard times.
Proverbs 24:21–22 NASB95
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change, 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?
The long of the short
Proverbs 24:21–22 NASB95
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change, 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?
The principle, the precept, is this, rebellion leads to calamity and ruin, to the God fearing person we can can these precepts and apply them into our lives. Don’t give into the winds of change, the Bible has proven itself and does not need to be altered, added, or taken away from. It has everything in it we need to take us to glory. Whereas God may use the king (government) to help us, we need to know God’s truth and stand for God’s truth even when it is not popular. For the calamity, the ruin of governments (kings) comes at the hand of the Lord and it will happen, but to us may we know, remember and apply.
Proverbs 24:25–27 NASB95
25 But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them. 26 He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer. 27 Prepare your work outside And make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
Pro 24:2
We are building a spiritual house, a house in which the Lord lives as His church. We are building a spiritual house for our families where the Lord is King. We are to stand up, stand out and serve the Lord always being ready to share the hope that is in us. - - - Lead to Invitation
(Need to insert an invitation slide)
To build a spiritual house you need to have the plan, God made the plan available in Christ Jesus . . . (expand and invite)
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