Wisdom versus Folly (Stupidity). This distinction is the key to sanctification, to a faith that bears fruit, to a faith WITH works. This distinction is the key too to James’ letter in the New Testament. The proverbs of chapters 10-31 are there to help us see this distinction in everyday life.
Wisdom vs Folly (Stupidity).
See how similar the two ladies are. They both call out to those who pass by, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
Which is good to know and think on, that folly also calls to us, is after us and our custom.
It’s the END that shows the vast difference between wisdom and folly.
God’s wisdom ends in LIFE. Folly, the rejection of God’s wisdom, ends in DEATH.
We see this born out in Jesus’ teaching and discipling of His disciples.
Particularly take Peter and Judas Iscariot.
Judas heard Jesus’ teaching and reproof many times (the disciples bore the brunt of much of Jesus’ biblical discipline). And yet he rejected that wisdom, and as Prov 8 says, it was to his detriment and ultimately in his hatred to death.
But Peter, here we go. He too rejected Jesus’ wisdom, and after boasting of his faithfulness showed in reality his faithLESSness in denying Jesus three times.
V9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”
In Jesus, Peter was wise and he was righteous. And so we have such wonderful packed-and-dense letters such as 1 and 2 Peter from this man. Jesus taught him, and he increased in learning. It was a hard-won increase, but increase nonetheless.
Let us be a people who heed Jesus’ instruction, throughout both testaments.
And praise God that His Spirit writes His instruction on our hearts and we do the same, as we read and dwell and wrestle with His word, so He writes it and plants it deep within us.
May we bear much fruit!