Proverbs 11:7 (Mini Sermon)


7. Pro 11:7 – "When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth." A. When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: i. Definitions a. 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.) b. 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. 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 expectation of the wicked shall perish when they die (Pro 10:28). a. All the things they have been waiting for will never materialize. b. The happiness they expected to come into their lives while they lived in rebellion against God will not take place. c. The prestige and power they anticipated attaining will never come to fruition. d. They will realize that all their expectant waiting will have been in vain the day they take their last breath. iii. On the day they die their thoughts shall perish (Psa 146:4). iv. 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). B. and the hope of unjust men perisheth. i. Definitions a. Hope n. – 1. a. Expectation of something desired; desire combined with expectation. b. Unjust adj. – 1. Of persons: Not acting justly or fairly; not observing the principles of justice or fair dealing. 2. Not upright or free from wrong-doing; faithless, dishonest. c. In other words, the expectation and desire of men who are not upright, do not act justly, do not observe the principles of justice, and who are faithless and dishonest will come to a violent, sudden, and untimely end. ii. The desire (what they want) of the wicked shall perish (Psa 112:10). iii. The hope of unjust men perishes when they do (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. d. Their hopes of going to heaven because of their works will perish along with them in hell (Mat 7:21-23; Mat 25:41-46; Rev 20:12, 15). iv. Conversely, the hope of the righteous will not perish, but will be eternal gladness (Pro 10:28).
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