Proverbs 1:9 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
9. Pro 1:9 - "For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck." A. The instruction of fathers and the law of mothers, when heeded by obedient children (Pro 1:8) is as precious jewelry worn for all to see. i. Better it is to wear an ornament of grace than one of gold. ii. A "wise reprover upon an obedient ear" is "as an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold" (Pro 25:12). iii. Young girls often want to wear earrings before their parents are ready to allow it, but if a young lady regards her parents' rules, she is already wearing the finest gold earring she could wish for. iv. Jewelry is often worn to beautify a person and draw the attention of others. v. A wise and well-mannered child who respects and observes the commands and instructions of her parents will stand out more than if she were wearing a golden crown and three pounds of gold chains around her neck. vi. I have seen people go out of their way to compliment the parents of well-behaved and well-mannered children. B. This is not only true of children, but adults alike (Pro 4:7-9). i. The most handsome necklace a man can don is one made of mercy and truth (Pro 3:3). ii. A godly woman adorned with "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit" (1Pe 3:3-4) looks far more attractive to her husband than does the "fair woman which is without discretion" (Pro 11:22). C. A father's commandment and a mother's law should be kept and not forsook (Pro 6:20), especially when they are repetitions of God's commandments and laws. i. In order to ensure they are not lost, Solomon tells his son to "bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck" (Pro 6:21). ii. This is the finest necktie that a young man will ever wear which will be noticed and praised by many. iii. Most decent parents would not let their children leave the house dressed like slobs. a. How much more important it is to not let them leave home without having adorned them with the knowledge of God. b. Parents, just as God instructed Israel, teach the scripture to your children while they are still young and impressionable (Deu 6:6-9).