Six Villains in Proverbs (Proverbs #13)

Text: Proverbs 3:30-35

These six villains will show up again and again in Proverbs.  This is a warning against the natural tendency to be like these six characters.

The Contentious

  • Just looking for a fight
  • Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
  • Proverbs 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
  • Defends his pride.  He has to be right.
    • Pick a fight in order to be right.
    • Insecurity and discontented characterizes their life.
  • We all have a desire to be right.

The Oppressor

  • Fear is his motivating factor.
  • This is the tyrant.  Control is how they operate.  Control freak is how they’d be characterized.
  • Oppressor’s can become very wealthy.  And the warning is not to envy them and not to choose any way they’ve chosen.
    • They will build on top of people.
  • Mao’s Great Famine that started as the Great Leap Forward to move China into the Industrial Age.
    • Afraid to be surrounded by people who will excel him in anything.
    • Good leadership creates a Culture of Growth
    • James 3:17 – the character and spirit of God
    • Kindness is capital – Rehoboam wise advice, versus young foolish advice
    • Pride tightens the grip, humility let’s go
    • Mentoring is non-negotiable – This charge I commit unto thee, O Timothy

The Froward

  • Perverse.  Crooked.
  • There is no perverse way without a right way.
  • Motivated by the filthiness of the flesh.  The opposite of that would be the person who exercised temperance and self denial.
  • his secret is with the righteous
    • God’s revelation is as much what you and I expose ourselves to in the Bible as it is what we practice in crucifying the flesh.

The Wicked

  • Evil in principal.  Think of principal as the hub of a wheel and all spokes coming out of it.  Also the preeminent thing, or the chief thing.
  • Curse of the Lord is in this guy’s house.
    • The saying “close to home” meaning something got real close to the heart of the matter.  God said, my curse is in the house of the wicked, not just “close to home”.  There is nothing that goes in and out of that house that doesn’t carry the curse with it.
      • No rest for the wicked.  Rest is cursed.
      • The people of the house are cursed.
      • The home is cursed.
  • Blessing is the habitation of the just.

The Scorner

  • Motivated by bitterness.
    • The typical atheist is a scorner of God.
  • The fool hath said in his heart, not his head.
    • Problems is that his heart was adversely affected by God.
  • God just adds fuel to the fire.  God is the mirror.

The Fool

  • person who follows his own inclinations without thought, without perspective.  Someone who constantly seeks to make himself happy, and chooses the temporal and vain things over any thought of eternity or any thought of consequence.
  • Proverbs 1 says the fools delight in their ignorance
  • shame is his promotion because he willingly ignores consequences and so when consequences come he has regret