Proverbs 13: King James Bible
Instruction and Rebuke – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verse 1
1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Instruction and Rebuke
This is one of those pieces of scripture, that is extremely clear from the onset. However, there is something a little clever going on with this verse.
The sentence revolves around tow different approaches, to dealing with a son. The first is instruction, the second is rebuke. One ignored leads to another, in the order given to us above.
If you ignore instruction, you get a rebuke. And if the rebuke goes ignored, off the cliff you go, into what possibly could wind up becoming irreparable damage. This covers a vast range of severity (obviously), and I was just using a cliff as an example.
But what about spiritual cliffs? What about tossing aside a just rebuke, to fall deeper into sin? That’s just as possible as anything physical, and is another level deep that this verse could be examined by.
When the wise son heeds instruction, there is no need to be rebuked. He’s listened and obeyed to the best of his ability, and achieved the desired end, for which the instruction was given.
But say the son wasn’t too wise with the instruction given, or simply was mistaken, or misunderstood. Then a rebuke happens, as the last line of protection or defense against a undesirable outcome. Akin to a stop sign before a busy intersection.
- You’re driving down a road, and happen to pass by a “stop ahead” sign. There’s the instruction.
- You’ve ignored it, and continued to continue down the road at the same speed you’ve been going. Not flinching at all about the forewarned stop ahead. You speedily reach a point where you can see the bright red octagonal sign insisting that you STOP. There’s the rebuke.
- To this point, you’ve been given the options to first behave wisely. Next is a command that you correct your foolishness. Now, you’re going to reach an undesired outcome, because you’ve chosen to become a scorner. Because of your scornful nature, you’ve either careened into oncoming traffic, or have been pulled over by the officer sitting there, waiting to interact with someone of such character. The consequences.
The Lord does the same for us. What we see as a rebuke from the Lord, it is a space he gives folks, that for whatever the reason, hasn’t done things wisely (whatever the situation is), but is coming close to an undesired outcome.
To coincide with the example above, the Lord’s rebuke would be the stop sign. But because he has given us free will, should we willingly ignore that stop sign, he allows us to pass into the trouble ahead.
The Father has given us such a rich source of wisdom through his Word, as he guides us through it via the Holy Spirit of God. And all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God. So it just may be, we find ourselves going against the Father’s instruction.
However, is it due to ignorance, foolishness, or from being scornful? There’s help available for two of those three traits. Being scornful is an act of free will, choosing to go your own way, despite the consequences.
And unfortunately for those who suffer being scornful to sound wisdom and understanding, and being willingly against the Father’s instruction, they’ll get what the want. An eternity without the Lord.
Forgive them Father, they know not what they do.
Related New Testament Scripture
Philippians 2: King James Bible
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
2 Timothy 4: King James Bible
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
1 John 5: King James Bible
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Help us to be wise in our dealings, and with the instruction that you’ve given. If we’ve ever scorned you, your Word, or your instruction, please forgive us for such a thing. Help us to recognize, through your Holy Ghost, the right and just path that you’ve established us to walk upon, and to shun worldly instruction of foolishness, that goes against your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been scornful, flying past wise instruction and rebuke from the Lord?