Summary: No matter what the trend, God and truth prevail in the end!
Vindication of the Wise Believer
1. Back in 1889, Sid and Leah's bull took sick and died, so they needed to go to the auction to buy a new one. Sid couldn't leave the farm because he was busy starting a farming equipment business, so Leah took the train to the city to buy a bull. If she was successful, she would take the train back to the farm, then she and Sid would borrow their neighbor's wagon to go to town and pick up their newly purchased bull.
The bidding was furious at the livestock auction, and Leah found herself bidding on the last remaining bull. It took everything she had but ten cents; but she was finally the successful bidder. Unfortunately, the train home was fifty cents. "Please, Mr. Conductor, couldn't you make an exception just once?" pleaded Leah. "Sorry lady," he replied, "but you can send your husband a telegram to tell him your problem. The office is just down the street."
At the Telegraph office, Leah asked, "Mister, how many words can I send to my husband for a dime?"
"It's ten cents a word," the clerk answered. Leah pondered her dilemma, then finally said, "OK, here's mine message: COMFORTABLE." [http://www.haruth.com]
2. Wisdom and its cousin, shrewdness, is invaluable in the trenches of life.
3. We must remind ourselves that the “Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”
Main Idea: No matter what the trend, God and truth prevail in the end!
I. Vindication of the Wise: The TRUTH Comes Out In Time (28-29)
If we act wisely, then time will vindicate us. This can be a great comfort…
A. In a CONTROVERSY, honest ASSESSMENT leads to truth (28)
1. Derek Kidner comments, “The key phrase is a man who hears: his first aim is to know and understand, not to grind some axe.”
2. The idea of “hears” can imply “obeys,” takes truth seriously/carefully
3. We tend to answer questions easily, based upon our moods, rather than think
4. Example: German students 2 questions: (1) Are you happy? (2) How many dates did you have this last month?
B. BLUFFING is trumped by INTEGRITY in time
• This dishonest man is such a brazen liar that he doesn’t flinch, eyes look normal… practiced
1. Image vs. SUBSTANCE
• We are more prone to believe a man with a squared chin, for example/
• Some people are just persuasive; you want to believe them.
• If someone reminds us of someone we like, we want to believe them.
• Absalom was able to win the loyalty of the people by schmoozing them
2. HONESTY and FAIRNESS take the effort of contemplation
• Wise people look at the message, not just the messenger; the facts…
• Careful assessment after listening, not generalities and popular sayings
No matter what the trend, God and truth prevail in the end! But what about now?
II. Vindication of the LORD; He is Sovereign (30-31)
Another way to put his: Don’t fight against the Lord, and don’t fight without him!