Proverbs – News From the Source – Part 7
“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. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:24-33
This is a specific reference to the historic relationship Israel had with the Lord under the Old Law. God called Israel to repent of the sin and rebellion they committed in going after other gods to serve them instead of staying true to the Law of Moses. One after another the kings of Judah and Israel would turn from God and serve the gods of the nations they went in to possess. Calamity would come on them, then they would cry out to the Lord and He would forgive them and restore their relationship only to have them in just a few years turn away from Him again and follow the ways of the unrighteous nations around them.
They would not heed His Word by following the proclamations of the prophets. They walked in their own conceits and set the counsels of the Lord “at naught.” They accounted the truth of God’s Word as nothing.
So, God tells them His derision would be their reward for their willful rebellion against His Word.
“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.”
For those who like to put God in the “gentle, meek and mild” box leaving no room for His righteous indignation and judgment against disobedience, fail to accept and acknowledge that the covenant He swore with Israel was a blood covenant based on sin and death. The Apostle Paul refers to it as the law of sin and deathin Romans.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
It is not commonly thought that God would manifest an attitude of disdain for His people but He frequently warned Israel that disobedience to the Law would result in that and more. God is just and God is righteous. He owes nothing to anyone. The Law speaks for itself and no more consideration is needed. Live righteously and you will be rewarded. Live unrighteously and transgress the law and you will suffer the penalty of the Law.
Yes, God is merciful and He showed that mercy to Israel again and again until their sin and rebellion left no more room for merciful consideration.
“You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who areall around you (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 6:14-15
Ultimately, God desires to show His mercy and extend His compassion to all, if they will repent and turn again to Him.
“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:24-33
“He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.” Psalm 103:9
The stern warning of Proverbs 1:24-33 is given to arrest our attention and make us acutely aware of the devices of the enemy to draw us away from our God, to entice us to seek our own way in direct opposition to His Word. Knowing the devices of our enemy equips us to defend ourselves from his schemes and anchor our faith in God’s Word. Knowing the He is with us secures us to dwell in safety and to be free from fear of evil.
Knowing that He loves us and has only our good at heart anchors our hope for the ages to come that we will be with Him.
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11