Proverbs 10:28 (Mini Sermon)


28. Pro 10:28 – "The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish." A. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: i. Definitions a. Hope n. – 1. a. Expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation. 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. c. Gladness n. – The state of being glad; joy, rejoicing. Also, cheerfulness, alacrity (in action). d. Glad adj. – 1. Bright, shining, beautiful. Obs. 2. a. Of persons: Cheerful, joyous, or merry in disposition; joyful, happy. e. In other words, men who are just, upright, virtuous, guiltless, sinless (because of Christ's death for them), and conform themselves to the standard of God's law have a desire and expectation of joy, happiness, and rejoicing in their future. ii. The righteous have a hope of gladness in this life. a. Believing in Christ brings the righteous joy (Rom 15:13; 1Pe 1:8). b. A righteous man will be in the kingdom of God (the local church) wherein joy and gladness are found (Rom 14:17; Act 2:46). c. The righteous experience joy and gladness when they worship God in His church (Psa 100:1-5). d. God blesses the righteous with gladness (Psa 4:1, 5 c/w Psa 4:7; Psa 97:10-12). iii. The righteous also have a hope of gladness in the next life. a. Heaven where God dwells is a place of gladness (1Ch 16:27). b. The bride of Christ will be brought into King Jesus' palace with gladness at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Psa 45:14-15; Rev 19:7-9). c. At the second coming the righteous who were good and faithful servants will enter into the joy of their Lord (Mat 25:21). B. but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. i. Definitions a. Expectation n. – The action of waiting; the action or state of waiting for or awaiting (something). Now only with mixture of sense 2: Expectant waiting. 2. The action of mentally looking for some one to come, forecasting something to happen, or anticipating something to be received; anticipation; a preconceived idea or opinion with regard to what will take place. b. Wicked n. – 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.) c. Perish v. – 1. a. intr. To come to a violent, sudden, or untimely end; to suffer destruction; to lose its life, cease to exist, be cut off. d. In other words, the things that men who are evil, morally depraved, bad in moral character, disposition, or conduct are looking forward to with anticipation are not going to happen, but rather their hopes are going to come to a violent, sudden, and untimely end. ii. The hope and the expectation of the wicked shall perish when they die (Pro 11:7; Job 8:13-14). a. All of their hopes and dreams die with them. b. All the plans of the things they intended accomplish and all their plans of traveling and vacations will never come to fruition once they die. c. Their plans of making lots of money and living forever will be dashed to pieces as death closes in on them and finally overtakes them. iii. The desire (what they want) of the wicked shall perish (Psa 112:10). iv. On the day they die their thoughts shall perish (Psa 146:4). v. The wicked only have an expectation of wrath in hell (Pro 11:23 c/w Rom 2:5-6, 8-9; Psa 73:18-20).
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