Proverbs – News From The Source – Part 6
“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets; She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge? If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you." Proverbs 1:20-23
Wisdom is not hidden in a cave on some remote island in the middle of the ocean undistinguishable on any map. No. Wisdom is shouting in the places where we all walk and in the places where we all gather to carry on daily business.
“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets.”
“…at the entrance of the city gates she speaks.”
The “entrance of the city gates” is a reference to the place where the elders of the city would hold court to decide, in addition to other things, matters of the law for those who presented their grievances there.
“And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. And he read therein before the street that was before the watergate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.” Nehemiah 8:2-3
[See also: Deuteronomy 21:19; 22:15; 25:7; Josh 20:4; Ruth 4:11; Proverbs 31:23]
Wisdom is evident all around, but only discernable to those who have ears to hear, eyes, to see and hearts that are willing to understand. It is evident in nature, in all creation. It is evident in revealing the true heart of those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing. It is evident in exposing the ungodly motive and methods of those who seek to ignore and remove God and His people the public discourse. It is evident in the successes of the righteous and the ultimate failures of the wicked. It is evident in the beauty of nature in a positive way and in the injustices of men in a negative way. Those who see and hear it understand its message.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
“For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalm 1:6
The “simple” are those who refuse to be aware or to acknowledge their ignorance of the truth. The scoffers are those who know the truth but corrupt it in their arrogance and cynicism. Their pride and conceit drives their wicked ways and justifies their cruelty in their own minds but God is not mocked by them.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
“Self-confident fools” hate knowledge. They know it, but they refuse to submit to it, thinking in the self deception that they will escape its consequences. They reject the Word that would deliver them, yet God offers them and everyone who will receive it, the opportunity to receive the outpouring of His Spirit and reveal His Words to them.
“If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.” Proverbs 1:23
God wants us to know His wisdom, to know His ways and to walk in them. He wants us to turn from our ways and turn to His ways for our benefit. He wants us to be aware of the snares and pitfalls that lie in wait to trap us and trip us up. He wants us to be victorious over the works of the enemy and to enjoy the goodness of the Kingdom of God. Wisdom is the pathway to the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven. By it we are given the ability to hear the voice of the Spirit of God directing us toward the good and away from the evil.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21