Proverbs 10:24 (Mini Sermon)


24. Pro 10:24 – "The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted." A. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: i. "The fear of the wicked" in the context of this verse is the thing which the wicked fear. ii. Definitions a. Fear n. – 1. In OE.: A sudden and terrible event; peril. 2. a. The emotion of pain or uneasiness caused by the sense of impending danger, or by the prospect of some possible evil. b. Wicked adj. – 1. Bad in moral character, disposition, or conduct; inclined or addicted to wilful wrong-doing; practising or disposed to practise evil; morally depraved. (A term of wide application, but always of strong reprobation, implying a high degree of evil quality.) iii. In other words, the things which the evil people dread and worry about will eventually come upon them. iv. The wicked have many fears which will come upon them in due time. a. They fear losing their wealth, which will happen (Psa 49:16-20; Jer 17:11; Pro 23:5). b. They fear losing their power and control, which will happen (Psa 75:7; 1Sa 2:7-8; 1Sa 15:28; Luk 1:52). c. They fear losing their honor and status, which will happen (Psa 49:12). d. They fear retribution for the way they treated others, which will happen (Gal 6:7; Job 4:8; Isa 33:1; Hab 2:8; Oba 1:15; 2Ki 12:20 c/w 2Ki 14:5; Pro 11:27). e. They fear growing old and losing their health, which will happen (Ecc 12:1-5; 2Sa 19:34-35). f. They fear death, which will happen (Psa 49:14; Job 24:19-20). g. They fear being judged by God for their sins (though they usually don't admit it), which will happen (1Ti 5:24; Rom 2:5-9). B. but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. i. Definitions a. Desire n. – 1. The fact or condition of desiring; that feeling or emotion which is directed to the attainment or possession of some object from which pleasure or satisfaction is expected; longing, craving; a particular instance of this feeling, a wish. b. Righteous adj. – 1. a. Of persons: Just, upright, virtuous; guiltless, sinless; conforming to the standard of the divine or the moral law; acting rightly or justly. ii. In other words, people who are just, upright, virtuous, and conform themselves to God's standards and laws will be granted the things which they long for. iii. The righteous will get what they desire when the delight themselves in the LORD (Psa 37:4). iv. The desire of the righteous is granted to them when they obey God (Isa 58:13-14). v. The desire of the righteous is granted by God when it is in accord with God's will (1Jo 5:14-15). vi. Because they fear God the righteous will have their desire (Psa 145:19). a. In a sense, the righteous also get what they fear. b. They fear God, and therefore will they have Him (Lam 3:24). vii. The righteous desire God, and that desire will be granted (Psa 73:25). viii. The righteous hunger and thirst after righteousness, and they shall be filled (Mat 5:6). C. The wicked get what they fear, but the righteous get what they desire.
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