The Formula for Foresight
- Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
A. The Prudent – “A prudent man…”
PRUDENT: subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly, sensible
Satan was subtle in Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any other beast of the field…
- Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
B. The Perception – “…foreseeth the evil…”
FORESEETH: to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider; to look at, see, regard, look after, see after, learn about, observe, watch, look upon, look out, find out; discern, distinguish
- Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
We will come back to this.
C. The Protection – “…hideth himself…”
HIDETH: to hide, conceal
D. The Punished – “…but the simple pass on and are punished.”
SIMPLE: simple, foolish, open-minded, simplicity, naivete
Solomon – the wisest man that ever lived – had no respect for the simple.
He referred to them many times in his proverbs. – no less than 14 times.
Here are just the first two:
- Proverbs 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
- Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
SUBTILTY: shrewdness, craftiness, prudence
PASS ON: to pass on, go on, pass on before, go in advance of, pass along, travel, advance
PUNISHED: to fine, amerce, punish, condemn
ILLUSTRATION: These videos of people doing stupid stuff. Anybody with any brains could see disaster coming a mile off! They are idiots! The Bible calls them SIMPLE. Naïve. They think they can do something completely stupid and nothing bad will happen to them.
The Bible tells us twice that the prudent FORESEETH. How?
What is the secret – the formula for foresight?
I. The Losses of the Simple
I Corinthians 10
- 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
- 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
- 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
- 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
- 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
- 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
- 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
II. The Lessons of the Scripture
- 104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
- 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
SURE: verified; assured; confirmed
III. The Leading of the Spirit
- John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.