Ecclesiastes 2.14-15 and Proverbs 3.7 – Foolish pride
Posted: 31 January 2013 in Ecclesiastes, Proverbs

“The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.”

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”

The slight despair to be heard in the first of those two quotations is appropriate if the wisdom being spoken of is anything other than the God given wisdom which seeks to serve him in lowliness of spirit. And yet that is not a wisdom which comes naturally to men, because we have been engaged in an open rebellion against God ever since the fall. When we eat from the tree of knowledge in a vain attempt to put ourselves on an equal footing with our Creator, we display a foolishness which amounts to a complete disregard for our own eternal welfare. We want the admiration of our contemporaries more than we want to serve him for whom all things (including us) exist.

Anybody who doubts the extent of human sinfulness, should perhaps reflect upon the fact that the Old Testament prophets are never once found singing Israel’s praises. Always they are either condemning some sin, or else they are pronouncing God’s judgment upon sin. There is no reason to suppose that the God, whose mouthpiece they were, is an unnecessarily grumpy God.

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