Proverbs 4:19 (Mini Sermon)



 

19. Pro 4:19 - "The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." A. The way of the wicked is as darkness: i. Darkness n. - 1. Absence or want of light (total or partial). 4. fig. a. The want of spiritual or intellectual light; esp. common in biblical imagery. ii. Whereas the path of the just is as the shining light (Pro 4:18), the path of the wicked is as darkness. a. They follow their father the devil who is the prince of the rulers of darkness (Eph 6:12). b. They don't have the light of the word of God to illuminate their way. c. They don't have the light of Christ in their hearts to guide them, therefore they walk in darkness (Joh 8:12). iii. Wisdom is likened unto light and folly is likened unto darkness (Ecc 2:13). a. Wise men walk in light. b. Fools walk in darkness (Ecc 2:14). B. they know not at what they stumble. i. Those that walk in darkness know not where they are going (Joh 12:35). a. Spiritual darkness blinds the eyes (1Jo 2:11). b. They therefore stumble on their walk through life. ii. Because of their blindness, they don't even know what they are stumbling over. a. Therefore, they don't know what to avoid because they don't have the light of scripture and wisdom to illuminate the stumbling blocks. b. Instead of the word of God being a lamp to their feet, they rather stumble at the word because they don't understand it (1Pe 2:8; Isa 28:13). c. Thus they end up falling into sin, false religion, and foolish decisions.
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