Proverbs 5:2 (Mini Sermon)


2. Pro 5:2 - "That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge." A. That thou mayest regard discretion, i. In this verse Solomon gives the reason for attending unto his wisdom and bowing our ear to his understanding. ii. By focusing our mind and energy on understanding and learning God's wisdom in His word we will be able to regard discretion. a. Regard v. - 1. a. To look at, gaze upon, observe. b. Discretion n. - III. [Cf. discreet.] 6. Ability to discern or distinguish what is right, befitting, or advisable, esp. as regards one's own conduct or action; the quality of being discreet; discernment; prudence, sagacity, circumspection, sound judgement. iii. The purpose of listening carefully and paying attention to the word of God (which is wisdom - Pro 2:6) is not simply to acquire information about wisdom, but rather to be able to learn how to discern and distinguish what is right and advisable regarding our own conduct and decisions. iv. In other words, it behooves us to focus on learning the word of God so that we will be able to figure out how to do what is right in the eyes of God in our lives. v. The intention of the Proverbs is to give the young (and old) man discretion (Pro 1:4). a. When we learn discretion, it will save us from sin and sinners (Pro 2:11). b. When we learn discretion, we learn to defer our anger and be merciful to others (Pro 19:11). c. When we learn that, we are better than the mighty (Pro 16:32). B. and that thy lips may keep knowledge. i. The second reason given for attending unto wisdom is so that we can retain knowledge and be able to share it with others through our speech. ii. Fools don't have lips of knowledge (Pro 14:7). iii. The wise have knowledge, and their lips disperse it (Pro 15:7). a. If we regard discretion our lips will be able to utter knowledge clearly (Job 33:3). b. As priests in the house of God (1Pe 2:5), we should all attend to the word of God so that our lips may keep knowledge and people will therefore seek the law of God from our mouths (Mal 2:7). iv. The lips of knowledge are a precious jewel (Pro 20:15).
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