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Proverbs 1:16 (Mini Sermon)

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16. Pro 1:16 - "For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood."
A. As was noted in the comments on Pro 1:11, these wicked men are reprobates (Pro 1:16 c/w Rom 3:15).
i. Since the wicked have no understanding (Rom 3:11), it is vain to try to reason them out of their evil plans.
ii. This is why Solomon admonished his son to "walk not thou in the way with them" and "refrain thy foot from their path" in the previous verse (Pro 1:15).
iii. We should never attempt to walk with the wicked in hopes of convincing them to change (Psa 1:1; Pro 22:24-25).
iv. Those that would conspire to kill and plunder the innocent demonstrate that they have a heart of stone which is unable to be changed apart from the sovereign operation of God.
v. He that would try will not be blessed of God, will get a snare to his soul, and will be destroyed (Pro 13:20).
B. Their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
i. O that all saints were as motivated to do righteousness as sinners are to do wickedness!
ii. The Christian life is often referred to as a walk, but too often it would scarcely pass for a crawl.
iii. The children of God are too often caught sleeping instead of watching (Mar 14:37).
iv. Conversely, the children of this world "sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall" (Pro 4:16).
v. The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light (Luk 16:8).
vi. These sinners are diligent and deep thinkers, whose studiousness would put many Christians to shame (Pro 24:2; Psa 64:5-6).
vii. Just as the sluggard should go to the ant and consider her ways, and be wise (Pro 6:6), so should the Christian take note of the ways of sinners and imitate their diligence, but not their devices (Heb 12:1; 1Co 9:26; Psa 119:60).