There is a war of ideas competing for our youth (and for anyone unaware). The two sides of this battle are presented to the son by the loving father in Proverbs 1:8-19 in an effort to stir up the son to embrace wise teaching and instruction. We investigate these two sides of a deadly battle and ask “Why do people choose the foolish way? Why do youth so easily join with bad company? Why does folly look so much better than wisdom? Where do we find the power to follow wisdom?
This is a good sermon for parents and older children to listen to together, especially if the foolish ways of the world have been successful in tempting our Christian sons and daughters.
8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
9 for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
16 for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
17 For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors. (ESV)