Proverbs 21:24 - The Scorner

Dr. 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"]


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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?

Dr. Steve Viars

Roles

Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation

Bio

B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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