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Heed the call of Sophia

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Solomon personifies wisdom as a woman, one who is virtuous at first and foolish later in Proverbs.

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"THE BOOK OF PROVERBS"
Heed The Call Of Sophia (1:20-33)
INTRODUCTION
1. We have seen that wisdom requires...
a. Fearing the Lord, so that we heed His Word - Pr 1:7
b. Respecting our parents, so that we listen to their advice - Pr 1:8-9
c. Not heeding friends who have us join them in doing evil - Pr 1:10-19
2. At this point, Solomon personifies wisdom as a woman...
a. A motif used several times in the first nine chapters - e.g., Pro 8:1-5; 9:1-6
b. A virtuous woman, later contrasted with the foolish woman who leads astray - Pr 9:13-18
[In Greek, the word for wisdom is Sophia. To emphasize wisdom's personification as a woman, we'll use the name "Sophia" as we examine the text for our lesson (Pr 1:20-33). Notice first of all...]

I. SOPHIA'S PLEA

A. MADE PUBLICLY... (1:20-21)

Proverbs 1:20–21 ESV
20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
1. She calls aloud outside, in the open squares
2. She cries in the streets, at the gates of the city
-- Wisdom is not hidden, but reaches out to all who will listen - cf. Pr 8:1-5

B. TO THOSE WHO NEED HER... (1:22)

Proverbs 1:22 ESV
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
1. Simple ones, who love simplicity - the morally naive, easily influenced by others
2. Scorners, who delight in their scorning - the cynical and defiant, prone to ridicule others
3. Fools, who hate knowledge - those hardened to the point of hating that which is good
-- People caught up in varying degrees of hardness of heart - e.g., Ep 4:17-19

C. BE FILLED WITH HER WISDOM... (1:23)

Proverbs 1:23 ESV
23 If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
1. Turn at her rebuke - respond to her warning, and repent
2. She will pour out her spirit on them, she will make known her words to them
-- Wisdom stands ready to forgive and bless those who open their hearts and minds, much like God is for those who repent and turn - cf. Ac 3:19
[The grace of God is clearly seen in Sophia's plea for all to heed her call for wisdom. Those caught up in varying degrees of hardness of heart are given opportunities to repent. But such opportunities do not last forever. Thus we now read of...]

II. SOPHIA'S WARNING

A. DIRECTED TO THOSE WHO REFUSED TO HEAR... (1:24-25)

Proverbs 1:24–25 ESV
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, 25 because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
1. Who refused her call, disregarded her outstretched hand
2. Who disdained her counsel, refused her rebuke
3. Just like Israel rejected her prophets - cf. 2 Ch 36:15-16 -- Will we be like those who refuse to heed the Lord's wisdom and warnings?

B. THERE WILL BE NO HELP WHEN CALAMITY COMES... (1:26-30)

Proverbs 1:26–30 ESV
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, 27 when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. 28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof,
1. She will laugh and mock when terror and destruction comes like a storm
2. Despite their cries for help, it will be too late
3. Because they hated knowledge when they had the opportunity
4. They did not choose the fear of the Lord (the beginning of wisdom)
5. They had rejected her counsel and despised her rebuke
-- Heed wisdom is when it is being offered, not when it is too late! - cf. Isa 55:6-7

C. THEY WILL SUFFER THE FATE OF THEIR FOLLY... (1:31)

Proverbs 1:31 ESV
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.
1. They will eat the fruit of their own way
2. They will be full of their own fancies (foolish counsel)
-- Contrast of the righteous in times of trial to that of the wicked - Pr 3:25-26; 10:24-25
[Too many people wait until it is too late to do any good. To benefit from the value of wisdom, we need to learn from her while we still have time. Finally, let's consider...]

III. SOPHIA'S SUMMARY

A. DESTRUCTION COMES UPON THE SIMPLE AND FOOLS... (1:32)

Proverbs 1:32 ESV
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;
1. Because they turn away from the true wisdom God has to offer
2. Because they allowed their complacency (regarding wisdom) to destroy them
-- Will we be naive and foolish when it comes to receiving God's wisdom?

B. SAFETY AND SECURITY ARE FOR THOSE WILLING TO HEAR... (1:33)

Proverbs 1:33 ESV
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
1. Who are willing to listen to wisdom - cf. Pr 8:32-35
2. Whose fear of the Lord will enable them to fear no evil - cf. Pr 3:21-26
-- Are we willing to listen and heed the wisdom God offers?
CONCLUSION
1. From lady "Sophia", we learn that wisdom is a lot like the grace of God...
a. Opportunity to obtain it does not last forever
b. The time will come when it is too late
2. Today is the day to learn wisdom from God...
a. Just like today is the day of salvation - cf. 2 Co 6:1-2
b. Who will we be like: those who are simple and fools? Or those willing to hear God's wisdom?
How we respond to "Sophia" reveals our true character and ultimate end...
"How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you." - Pr 1:22-23
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