Proverbs 2:14 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Friday, August 16, 2019.
14. Pro 2:14 - "Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;" A. Who rejoice to do evil i. This is another characteristic of evil men who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness (Pro 2:12-13). ii. Godly men do not enjoy doing evil. a. Instead, they "rejoice in the LORD" (Psa 33:1) and "rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil" (Psa 119:162). b. But, because the flesh lusts against the spirit, they cannot always do the things that they would (Gal 5:17; Rom 7:15, 19), and at times they do evil against their godly desire to do good. iii. Evil men have no such inner struggle. iv. They don't weep and lament over sin, but rather rejoice in it. v. Rejoice v. - 1. trans. To enjoy by possessing; to have full possession and use of (a thing). Obs. 2. To gladden, make joyful, exhilarate (a person, his spirits, etc.). vi. To do evil brings gladness and joy to the wicked. a. "Fools make a mock at sin" (Pro 14:9) instead of mourning for it. b. Folly is joy to them that are destitute of wisdom (Pro 15:21). c. Doing evil is their preferred pastime (Pro 10:23). (i) Sport n. - 1. a. Pleasant pastime; entertainment or amusement; recreation, diversion. (ii) Mischief n. - 1. a. Evil plight or condition; misfortune; trouble, distress; in ME. often, need, want, poverty. Obs. 2. a. Harm or evil considered as the work of an agent or due to a particular cause. d. Such sinners as these should not even be prayed for, for God will not hear pleas made for them (Jer 11:14-15). vii. By taking heed to the word of God, which is the means by which wisdom enters the heart, a Christian will be delivered from the way of such evil men (Pro 2:10-12). B. And delight in the frowardness of the wicked i. Not only do depraved men love to do evil things, but they also "have pleasure in them that do them" (Rom 1:32). a. Delight v. - 1. a. trans. To give great pleasure or enjoyment to; to please highly. 2. intr. (for refl.) To be highly pleased, take great pleasure, rejoice: a. in or to do (anything). b. Frowardness n. - Froward quality or condition; perversity; untowardness c. Nothing brings evil men greater pleasure than to see other reprobates walking down the paths of darkness with them. ii. A godly man's delight should be in the word of God, not in the frowardness of the wicked (Psa 1:1-2; Psa 119:143; Rom 7:22). iii. Every time a Christian enjoys perverse content such as nudity, fornication, sodomy, adultery, murder, blasphemy, feminism, false religion, and numerous other forms of evil portrayed in television shows, movies, books, magazines, or websites, he is delighting himself in the frowardness (perversity) of the wicked. iv. Being entertained by the evil ways of wicked men is just as disgusting as doing it oneself. a. Remember this the next time you laugh at watching drunk people act like fools. b. Remember this the next time someone is telling you a "funny" story about their drunken escapades of the past. c. Remember this the next time some pig at work is telling you about his whoremongering. v. The antidote to falling into this snare of the unrighteous is to immerse oneself in the word of God which gives wisdom to deliver thee from the way of the evil man (Psa 119:9-11). vi. The more a child of God delights in the scriptures, the less he will delight in the frowardness of the wicked.