John MacArthur on Proverbs (Part 10) Summing up Proverbs study

Over and over in Proverbs you hear the words “fear the Lord.” In fact, some of he references are Proverbs 1:7, 29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10;14:26,27; 15:16 and many more. Below is a sermon by John MacArthur from the Book of Luke on 3 reasons we should fear the Lord. (I have posted John MacArthur’s amazing sermon on the fulfillment of Old Testament scripture before on my blog.)

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PART 10

People just don’t fear the Lord like they need to and if they did then they would not sin so much because they don’t want to displease the Lord. Phillippians 4:8-9 is one of my favorite scriptures. If you practice that verse then you can guard your mind like Proverbs instructs us to do.

Philippians 4:8

The Message (MSG)

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Obeying our parents is a must if we want to have a blessed life. Look at this passage:

Exodus 20:12

Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.

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I want to live a long life so I better respect and obey my parents. I also need to surround myself with wise companions. Check out Proverbs 13:20:

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

American Standard Version
Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise; But the companion of fools shall smart for it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools shall become like to them.

Darby Bible Translation
He that walketh with wise men becometh wise; but a companion of the foolish will be depraved.

English Revised Version
Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise: but the companion of fools shall smart for it.

Webster’s Bible Translation
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

World English Bible
One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Young’s Literal Translation
Whoso is walking with wise men is wise, And a companion of fools suffereth evil.

John MacArthur

I remember hearing Dr. Adrian Rogers say that if he had to do it over again he would read from Proverbs every day to his kids. They turned out to be great kids and they were raised right. Nevertheless, if he had to do it over again he thought a more emphasis on Proverbs is the way to go. That is why I am spending so much time in Proverbs with my kids today.

John MacArthur does a great job on Proverbs and here is a portion of his sermon on Proverbs.

Well, such is the duty of a father. And I close with this, listen carefully. You have this duty as a father and I want to lay it as clear as I can at your feet.

1. If you fail, father, to teach your son to fear God, the devil will teach him to hate God.

2. If you fail to teach your son to guard his mind, the devil will gladly teach him to have an open mind.

3. If you fail to teach your son to obey his parents, the devil will teach him to rebel and break his parent’s heart.

4. If you fail to teach your son to select his companions, the devil will gladly choose them for him.

5. If you fail to teach your son to control his body, the devil will teach him to give it over completely to lust.

6. If you fail to teach your son to enjoy the marriage partner that God has given him, the devil will teach him to destroy the marriage.

7.If you fail to teach your son to watch his words, the devil will fill his mouth with filth.

8. If you fail to teach your son to pursue his work, the devil will make his laziness a tool of hell.

9. If you fail to teach your son to manage his money, the devil will teach him to waste it on riotous living.

10. And if you fail to teach your son to love his neighbor, the devil will gladly teach him to love only himself. We have a great responsibility to this generation and the next as fathers.

Lord, we thank You for our time this morning in worship and the Word. I would pray for all here who are fathers that we might be faithful to teach what we should teach to our sons, to all our children, that we might be instruments of Your grace to bring about a godly seed in the next generation. Amen.

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ONE FINAL QUESTION: WHAT DOES PROVERBS 6:34 MEAN?

Adultery is a brainless act,
soul-destroying, self-destructive;
Expect a bloody nose, a black eye,
and a reputation ruined for good.

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