Proverbs 9:9 (Mini Sermon)


9. Pro 9:9 - "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning." A. Give instruction to a wise man, i. Instruction n. - 1. The action of instructing or teaching; the imparting of knowledge or skill; education; information. ii. Wise adj. - 1. a. Having or exercising sound judgement or discernment; capable of judging truly concerning what is right or fitting, and disposed to act accordingly; having the ability to perceive and adopt the best means for accomplishing an end; characterized by good sense and prudence. Opp. to foolish. iii. Wise men are willing to be taught because they have sound judgment and discernment, and therefore they realize that there is a lot they still have to learn. iv. A wise son hears his father's instruction (Pro 13:1). v. A wise man accepts reproof (Pro 15:31; Pro 17:10). vi. Conversely, fools despise wisdom and instruction (Pro 1:7) because they think they know everything (Pro 26:12, 16; Pro 21:2; Isa 5:21; Rom 12:16). vii. This verse teaches us several things. a. Teachers need to instruct wise men as well as simpletons. b. Wise men need to be taught despite already having wisdom. c. Wise men are wise enough to know that they need continuous instruction. d. None of us will ever get to the point that we don't need instruction, no matter how wise we become. viii. The instruction that wise men need to be given is instruction from the scriptures (2Ti 3:16-17). B. and he will be yet wiser: i. In that a wise man can become wiser, there are therefore degrees of wisdom. a. Daniel had excellent wisdom (Dan 5:14). (i) Excellent adj. - 1. Of a person or thing: That excels or surpasses in any respect; preƫminent, superior, supreme. Of qualities: Existing in a greater, or an exceptionally great, degree. (ii) Daniel therefore had an exceptionally great degree of wisdom. b. Solomon was wiser than all men of his day (1Ki 4:31). c. Jesus was wiser than Solomon (Mat 12:42). d. The children of this world are many times and in many ways wiser than God's children (Luk 16:8; Eze 28:3-5). ii. Some animals such as ants, conies, locusts, and spiders are exceeding wise (Pro 30:24-28). a. We should consider their ways and be wise (Pro 6:6). b. We should be wiser than animals (Job 35:11). iii. A man can (and should) become wiser than he was in the past. a. Jesus increased in wisdom as He grew up (Luk 2:52). (i) Jesus was 12 years old (Luk 2:42) when this was said of Him, which means He increased in wisdom through His teenage years. (ii) Most teenagers and 20-somethings (and oftentimes these days, people of all ages) decrease in wisdom until reality hits them like a 2x4 between the eyes. b. Solomon became more wise than others (Ecc 2:15). c. A wise man who hears instruction from men who are wiser than he is will increase learning (Pro 1:5). d. We can be wiser than our enemies by reading and keeping God's word (Psa 119:98). e. A student can have more understanding that his teachers if he studies and meditates in God's word (Psa 119:99). f. A young man can understand more than old men if he keeps God's precepts which he learns (Psa 119:100). g. If a man was not wise in his earlier years, he can and should strive to be wise in his latter years by hearing counsel and receiving instruction (Pro 19:20). C. teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. i. Just adj. - 1. That does what is morally right, righteous. just before (with) God or, simply, just: Righteous in the sight of God; justified. Now chiefly as a Biblical archaism. ii. A righteous man who has been justified by the grace, blood, and faith of Jesus Christ (Rom 3:24; Rom 5:9; Gal 2:16) will increase in learning when taught. iii. Unlike an unjust, natural man, a just man has the ability to hear and understand the word of God (1Co 2:12-14). a. He can learn. b. Learn v. - I. To acquire knowledge. 1. a. trans. To acquire knowledge of (a subject) or skill in (an art, etc.) as a result of study, experience, or teaching. c. When a just man in taught, he will increase in learning. d. Learning n. - 1. The action of the vb. learn. a. The action of receiving instruction or acquiring knowledge. e. He is bidden by Christ to come unto Him and learn of Him (Mat 11:28-30). iv. The heart of a wise and just man teaches himself and adds learning to his lips (Pro 16:23).
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