Proverbs 1:24-27, Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Wisdom continues to talk to the simple, to the scorner and to the fool, all commonly united by their unbelief!
All three walk the same path!
Wisdom has taken every opportunity to reach the simple ones.
Those who have attempted to construct a world where all is wonderful, where no accountability to their creator exists.
An imaginary world that they have discovered in their heart!
A world that refuses to admit Wisdom in.
There is no room for wisdom in the world of the simple.
And Wisdom continues to call to the scorners who make a mock of sin and choose to have no fear of God.
Wisdom also continues her call to the fool who has declared God dead.
The fool who used to be a scorner but kept looking in his heart and found it convenient to declare God dead.
He has concluded it a waste of time to scorn a God that does not exist for him and in so doing he became a fool.
You see you have got to be smart to be a fool!
The fool is one of the wise, one of the mighty, one of the things that are, that Paul talks about in I Corinthians.
Those that glory in the flesh. They have figured it out in their mind! They glory in their mind!
But by this scripture Wisdom convinces the truly wise that every place where man dwells, every place where man goes, whether it be at the gates, in the streets, at the concourse,
wisdom cries out the message that the simple, the scorner and the fool can know the truth, they can know wisdom.
Wisdom convinces the wise that the simple, the scorner, the fool are without excuse.
Why are they without excuse? Because of their will. They will to be ignorant to the truth.
God has created them with a sovereign will and he will not overrule their will.
But he makes every attempt to influence their will by wisdom.
We are told that wisdom calls, we are told that wisdom stretches out her hand.
We are told that wisdom promises to pour out her spirit to the simple and to the scorner and to the fool.
This scripture should convince us that Wisdom has taken every measure, made every effort, to reach the unbeliever.
Wisdom has gone every extra mile, has provided every means, has given every evidence to draw the unbeliever to herself.
Wisdom's efforts are such to bear all scrutiny, all analysis, all examination, all inquiry, all investigation.
No excuse can be found in ignorance. Wisdom has perfectly done her job!
The call of wisdom is everywhere the unbeliever has to look.
But what is the response of the simple, the scorner, and the fool? They will not hear!
Note the verse, Because I have called, and ye refused; which means that you have refused because it was me, Wisdom, calling.
You did not refuse because of the message that was called.
You simply refused because it was Wisdom who called.
I have stretched out my hand to you to draw you to me but because it was me you did not hearken, or heed or even incline to me.
You have utterly refused me! Not the message!
I wisdom have pressed you, I have urged you, I have implored you, I have made every effort to draw you to me.
Yet you have set at naught, you have loosed yourself from all my counsel.
You have chosen to count my counsel as nothing, as of no value.
By refusing me you have refused to listen to my instruction, my correction, my reproof.
You have shown a disregard for the most earnest importunities (to beset with solicitations) of the wisdom of God.
You have trod upon with contempt the Counselor of God, given as a gift by the gracious hand of God.
By your stubborn opposition and your rebellion you remove yourself from the outstretched hand, and out of earshot of the call of Wisdom.
But God will not overrule your choice! God will not overrule the sovereign being that he has created!
He only stretches out his hand but he leaves the choice up to the simple, the scorner and the fool to take his hand.
He makes every effort to influence the unbeliever but he will not overrule the unbeliever's choice.
But warning of warnings if wisdom is spurned!
God's justice is waiting to be exercised and will come as a tornado, as a whirlwind comes with great desolation and destruction.
The simple deny the reality of God's justice.
The scorner says, Where is the promise of his coming? and the fool refuses to even have the knowledge of God.
But calamity will come because God has so ordained this to be a moral universe.
Accountability is guaranteed!
God has so ordained that: Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. You cannot sow without reaping!
If grace is spurned there is only justice left.
There is only "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Calamity will fall but God's position when it falls is one of delight that his sovereign justice is exercised over the one who has treated wisdom with contempt.
He laughs when fear comes to the simple, to the scorner, and to the fool.
God is a God of justice as well as grace and he delights in both.
So he mocks the sinner who spurns his grace and he takes pleasure because his justice is glorified. His justice is verified!
He shows the purity of his is justice when it is exercised on the unrepentant.
We are told in Proverbs 24:17,18, Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
You see God reserves his wrath for himself.
We are not pure in our wrath and have no right to rejoice when our enemy falleth.
But God is so pure in his wrath, that his wrath includes laughter at the calamity.
He can laugh in pureness at the fear, at the desolation and destruction.
He will mock at the distress and anguish of those who disregard the call, those who refuse the outstretched hand of wisdom.
You see, the reaction of perfect justice must fit the scorn and disdain that the unbeliever exhibits when wisdom calls, when wisdom stretches out her hand.
God's laughter at the distress and desolation of the unbeliever is simply God's verification of how valuable a gift has been spurned.
Hebrews 10:29-31, Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.