- I. The Lack of Good Judgment (Proverbs 17:23)
- A. The Definition of Discernment
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, (KJV)
- 1. To discern, understand, consider - to perceive, discern;
- a) to understand, know (with the mind);
- b) to observe, mark, give heed to, distinguish, consider;
- c) to have discernment, insight, understanding
- d) to be discerning, intelligent, discreet, have understanding
- 2. To be prudent, regard; to consider diligently
Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. (KJV)
Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, [It will be] foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O [ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not [discern] the signs of the times? (KJV)
1 Cor 11:29 (not discerning the Lord's body)
- 3. To separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer = to learn by discrimination, to try, decide, to determine, give judgement, decide a dispute
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)
- 4. To investigate, examine, inquire into, scrutinize, sift, question. Specifically in a forensic sense of a judge to hold an investigation; to interrogate, examine the accused or witnesses.
- B. The Problems Associated with lack of Judgment
- 1. Sexual Immorality Among the Young (Proverbs 9:13-18)
A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing. 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15 To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16 Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: and [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell. (KJV)
- 2. Premature or Unexpected Death (Prov. 10:21)
Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for [lack] of wisdom. (KJV)
- 3. Evil Deeds Become Sport to those Who Lack Wisdom (Prov. 10:23-25)
[It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but therighteous[is] an everlasting foundation. (KJV)
- 4. Punishment Tends to Become Meaningless (Prov. 10:13)
Proverbs 10:13 (KJV)
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding. (KJV)
Proverbs 17:10 (KJV)
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Illustration - Michael Fay Michael Fay is the American boy (1994) from Singapore, who was convicted of vandalism and whipped for it. Singapore officials say that Fay, visited by an American diplomat afterward smiled and laughed and said, “I wish my father wouldshut-up about the punishment.” By the way, after returning home, this young man beat his father up after becoming drunk one evening. He led a life of crime for years afterward
- 5. Lack of Wisdom Leads to an Inappropriate Stance Toward Mankind (predjudice) (Proverbs 11:12)
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. (KJV)
- C. Solutions to the Problem of Good Judgment
- 1. Ask God for Wisdom (James 1:5)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (KJV)
- 2. Remember That God deals in the present - personal, caring, watching (Exodus 3:14)
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (KJV)
Illustration – I AM
(Plaque on the wall of the ranch guest house kitchen, St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado)
I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly God was speaking: My Name is I Am. I Waited, God continued:
“When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard I am not there. My name is not I was.
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard I am not there. My name is not I will be.
When you live in this moment, it is not hard I am here for my Name is I AM.”
- 3. Develop a Deep Fear (Respect of) of God & Family Virtues (Proverbs 1:7-9)
Illustration - Richard Nixon
"From the I960 's on, our laws and our mores have been driven b he cultural conceits that took hold during the heyday of the counterculture, including a denial of personal responsibility the fantasy that the coercive power of government can produce spiritual uplift, cure poverty, end bigotry, legislate growth and stamp out any number of individual and social inadequacies. "
The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (KJV)