Proverbs 6:12-19 - The Wicked Man pt II

Steve Viars May 4, 2002 Proverbs 6:12-19

I.  The Nature of the Wicked Man
From the Hebrew word belial - [beli-without / yaal-profit]
II.  The Body of the Wicked Man
A.  Every part of his body is devoted to wickedness.

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- read Proverbs 6:12-19

B.  He uses his body this way because of his wicked heart.

- cf. verse 14, [also Mark 7:14-23]
INPUT - How do people "devise evil continually" in their hearts today?


- after this description, Solomon gives the famous list of seven things the Lord hates.

III.  The Characteristics of the Wicked Man

- ultimately we are known by our deeds, and the deeds of this man [not surprisingly] are wicked and worthless as well.

A.  Pride

INPUT - Does it surprise you that pride would be on the top of this list?  Why or why not?  How does it relate to the concept of worthlessness?

[develop if time allows - Satan - Isa. 14:12-14]

- cf. also Proverbs 8:13 - The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate


B.  A lying tongue

Wiersbe - God sees a lie, not as an act of speech but as a deadly force that goes to work in society and divides and destroys. When we lie, we open the door for Satan to work, for he is a liar (John 8:44); when we speak truth, we give opportunity for the Spirit to work (Eph. 4:14–25). There is a place reserved in hell for liars (Rev. 21:8, 27; see 2 Thes. 2:10).

INPUT - Does it surprise you that truthtelling would make this list?  What might that tell us about how much value we place on this topic?

INPUT - "White lies" that believers might be tempted to speak?


C.  Murder

INPUT - Is there a difference between murder and killing?  How do passages like Genesis 6:5-6 and Romans 13:1-7 fit into this discussion?

INPUT - Is there any implication of this to our church's involvement in the abortion debate?  Should we be involved?  More involved?  Why or why not?


D.  A heart that devises wicked schemes.
- this is exactly what we saw back in verse 14.
- it is interesting that this issue is so significant that it is actually mentioned twice in this section.


E.  Feet that are swift in running to evil.

Wiersbe - Sinners have feet that are swift in running to mischief [evil] because they want to fulfill their schemes quickly and enjoy their pleasures immediately. God’s people should have cleansed feet (John 13:1–17; 1 John 1:9), beautiful feet (Rom. 10:14–15), prepared feet (Eph. 6:15), and obedient feet (Gen. 13:17; Josh. 1:3; 3:15). If we do, we’ll bring blessing. But the wicked use their feet to get involved in sin: meddling as busybodies (2 Thes. 3:11; 1 Tim. 5:13), tempting others into sin (Prov. 5:5 and 7:11), and breaking God’s laws (1:10–16). If the saints were “on their feet” and as eager to obey the Lord as sinners are to disobey, the lost world would soon be evangelized!

INPUT - What is the opposite of this characteristic?
- [develop the issue of being careful - cf. Romans 14:23]

 

F.  A false witness who speaks lies.

- INPUT - How is this different than a lying tongue?
- [there is obvious overlap --- but the idea of being a "false witness" has the air of some kind of official declaration --- a court case, a wedding vow, a deposition]
- society rises and falls on the willingness of the citizens to tell the truth -- which is why it ought to be disturbing that the percentage of college students willing to cheat continues to rise.


G.  Sows discord among the brethren.

Psalm 133:1 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

 

Adult Bible Fellowship
The Wicked Man #2
Proverbs Series #30


I.  The Nature of the Wicked Man
From the Hebrew word belial - [beli-without / yaal-profit]
II.  The Body of the Wicked Man
A.  Every part of his body is devoted to wickedness.
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B.  He uses his body this way because of his wicked ___________.
INPUT - How do people "devise evil continually" in their hearts today?
III.  The ___________________ of the Wicked Man
A.  __________
INPUT - Does it surprise you that pride would be on the top of this list?  Why or why not?  How does it relate to the concept of worthlessness?
B.  A ___________ ____________
Wiersbe - God sees a lie, not as an act of speech but as a deadly force that goes to work in society and divides and destroys. When we lie, we open the door for Satan to work, for he is a liar (John 8:44); when we speak truth, we give opportunity for the Spirit to work (Eph. 4:14–25). There is a place reserved in hell for liars (Rev. 21:8, 27; see 2 Thes. 2:10).
INPUT - Does it surprise you that truthtelling would make this list?  What might that tell us about how much value we place on this topic?
INPUT - "White lies" that believers might be tempted to speak?

C.  _____________
INPUT - Is there a difference between murder and killing?  How do passages like Genesis 6:5-6 and Romans 13:1-7 fit into this discussion?
INPUT - Is there any implication of this to our church's involvement in the abortion debate?  Should we be involved?  More involved?  Why or why not?

D. A __________ that _____________ wicked schemes.

E. _________ that are swift in running to evil.
Wiersbe - Sinners have feet that are swift in running to mischief [evil] because they want to fulfill their schemes quickly and enjoy their pleasures immediately. God’s people should have cleansed feet (John 13:1–17; 1 John 1:9), beautiful feet (Rom. 10:14–15), prepared feet (Eph. 6:15), and obedient feet (Gen. 13:17; Josh. 1:3; 3:15). If we do, we’ll bring blessing. But the wicked use their feet to get involved in sin: meddling as busybodies (2 Thes. 3:11; 1 Tim. 5:13), tempting others into sin (Prov. 5:5 and 7:11), and breaking God’s laws (1:10–16). If the saints were “on their feet” and as eager to obey the Lord as sinners are to disobey, the lost world would soon be evangelized!
INPUT - What is the opposite of this characteristic?
F.  A false witness who ___________ lies.
INPUT - How is this different than a lying tongue?
G.  Sows _____________ among the brethren.
Psalm 133:1 - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

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 have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. 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 the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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