Proverbs 21:24 - The Scorner

Steve Viars May 25, 2002 Proverbs 21:24

I.  Definition of a Scorner

- Proverbs 21:24

Wiersbe - Scorners think they know everything, and anybody who tries to teach them is only wasting time. “Proud and haughty scorner [scoffer] is his name” (21:24). Scorners can’t find wisdom even if they seek for it (14:6), because learning God’s truth demands a humble mind and an obedient will. What scorners lack in knowledge they make up for in arrogance. Instead of sensibly discussing a matter with those who could teach them, they only sneer at truth and deny it. My Hebrew lexicons describe them as “frivolous and impudent.” Having no intellectual or spiritual ammunition, the scorner depends on ridicule and contempt to fight his enemies.


- One of the areas that God emphasizes most regarding the scorner is…

II.  How Scorners Receive Counsel

Neighbor Nudge - In small groups, look up the following verses and note what they say about the scorner and his response to instruction:

1.  Proverbs 9:7-8

 

2.  Proverbs 13:1

 

3.  Proverbs 15:12


INPUT - What principles can we derive from these verses? 

 

III.  How Scorners Impact Others

- Read Proverbs 22:10, 29:8

- INPUT - How might a scorner impact a classroom, a church, a city?


[if time, go back to Proverbs 6 since you were not able to finish this list before.  Brainstorm how the issue of being a scorner could impact the issue of "sowing discord among the brethren"]


Adult Bible Fellowship
The Scorner
Proverbs Series #33


I.  Definition


Wiersbe - Scorners think they know everything, and anybody who tries to teach them is only wasting time. “Proud and haughty scorner [scoffer] is his name” (21:24). Scorners can’t find wisdom even if they seek for it (14:6), because learning God’s truth demands a humble mind and an obedient will. What scorners lack in knowledge they make up for in arrogance. Instead of sensibly discussing a matter with those who could teach them, they only sneer at truth and deny it. My Hebrew lexicons describe them as “frivolous and impudent.” Having no intellectual or spiritual ammunition, the scorner depends on ridicule and contempt to fight his enemies.


II.  How Scorners Receive _____________


1.  Proverbs 9:7-8

 

2.  Proverbs 13:1

3.  Proverbs 15:12

INPUT - What principles can we derive from these verses? 
III.  How Scorners ___________ Others
INPUT - How might a scorner impact a classroom, a church, a city?

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987.  He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and they have three children. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church.  He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of Vision of Hope and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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