Proverbs 6:14 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
14. Pro 6:14 - "Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord." A. Solomon continues to describe the naughty person and wicked man who walks with a froward mouth (Pro 6:12), winks with his eyes, speaks with his feet, and teaches with his fingers (Pro 6:13). B. Frowardness is in his heart, i. Frowardness n. - Froward quality or condition; perversity; untowardness; an instance of this. ii. Froward adj. - 1. Disposed to go counter to what is demanded or what is reasonable; perverse, difficult to deal with, hard to please; refractory, ungovernable; †also, in a wider sense, bad, evilly-disposed, ‘naughty’. (The opposite of toward.) iii. The heart is the core of one's being. a. Heart n. - I. The simple word. ** As the seat of feeling, understanding, and thought. 6. a. The seat of one's inmost thoughts and secret feelings; one's inmost being; the depths of the soul; the soul, the spirit. b. The wicked man in his very nature in the depth of his soul is perverse, difficult to deal with, hard to please, ungovernable, and evilly-disposed. c. God hates a froward heart (Pro 11:20). iv. The heart is the seat of the will (Exo 35:29), intellect (Heb 4:12), and emotions (Pro 15:13). a. Heart n. - I. The simple word. ** As the seat of feeling, understanding, and thought. 5. a. = mind, in the widest sense, including the functions of feeling, volition, and intellect. b. The wicked man's will, intellect, and emotion are perverse, difficult to deal with, hard to please, ungovernable, and evilly-disposed. c. He chooses, thinks about, and feels evil and rebellion. d. This is why the scripture says that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9). v. The wicked man walks with a froward mouth (Pro 6:12). a. The reason he has a froward mouth is because frowardness is in his heart. b. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Luk 6:45). vi. Don't follow the advice of this world to trust in your heart! (Pro 28:26) C. he deviseth mischief continually; i. Devise v. - 1. trans. To divide; to separate, part; to distribute. Obs. (last usage in 1483) 5. To order, appoint, or arrange the plan or design of; to plan, contrive, think out, frame, invent; b. something immaterial or abstract, or a product of the mind. (The chief current sense.) 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. b. An injury wrought by a person or other agent; an evil arising out of or existing in certain conditions. iii. Continually adv. - 1. In a continual way; always, incessantly, constantly, perpetually, all the time; i.e. either: Without any intermission, at every moment, continuously (in time); or less strictly: With frequent repetition, very frequently. iv. Substituting the definitions, a wicked man (Pro 6:12) with a froward heart (Pro 6:14) plans, designs, and contrives harm and evil constantly and continuously. v. There are people in this world (and many in government) who actually do this. a. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." (George W. Bush) b. Was this just a Bushian Blunder, or was it a Freudian Slip? vi. The wicked sleep not unless they have caused some to fall (Pro 4:16; Mic 2:1). vii. The Jesuits are an example of wicked men with froward hearts that devise mischief continually as their oath makes clear. a. The following is part of the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction taken from the book Subterranean Rome by Carlos Didier, translated from the French, and published in New York in 1843. b. It is also recorded in the Journals of the 62nd U.S. Congress, 3rd Session, House Calendar No. 397, House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913, pp. 3215-3216. c. "I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus." (Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction, http://www.reformation.org/jesuit-oath.html) D. he soweth discord. i. Sow v. - 1. intr. or absol. To perform the action of scattering or depositing seed on or in the ground so that it may grow. Also fig. and in fig. context. 6. fig. To disseminate or spread; to endeavour to propagate or extend. In various contexts. ii. Discord n. - 1. Absence of concord or harmony (between persons); disagreement of opinions and aims; variance, dissension, strife. iii. Wicked men with froward hearts disseminate and spread false and conflicting information among people to cause variance, dissension, and strife. a. This happens all the time today by the media and government officials who spread all kinds of conflicting information to confuse people and set them against each other. b. They have done this with politics, race, Covid-19, mask wearing, and many other things over the last year. c. God hates those who sow discord among brethren (Pro 6:16, 19). iv. We need to be on guard for people who creep into the church and spread false doctrine to sow discord in the church. a. It happened to the early churches (Gal 2:4; Act 15:1; Jud 1:4; Act 20:29-30). b. It happened in the first church I pastored. c. It will happen to us too in due time, and we must be ready so that we show ourselves approved (1Co 11:19). d. We must strive to always be of one mind and one accord (1Co 1:10).
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