• by Rev. Joseph A Bias

Proverbs – News From The Source – Part 20 D

“Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake. Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm. Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways; for the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, but His secret counsel is with the upright. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just. Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools." Proverbs 3:29-35

The Proverbs in general are presented with contrasting statements relating to life and death, good and evil, righteousness and wickedness, blessing and cursing. This is also the way God presented His Law to the people of Israel as they journeyed from the bondage of Egypt to the freedom and blessing in the Promised Land.

Their success or failure was totally in their own hands to have or not to have. God brought them out by His mighty hand and provided for them supernaturally at the crossing of the Red Sea, drowning the pursuing Egyptian army in it, in the desert with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, with manna from Heaven for food, preserving their garments so none of their shoes wore out nor their clothes became torn and tattered from wear, keeping them from the ravaging of wild animals, providing water from the rock and making rivers in the desert.

He kept them solely by His supernatural and abundant provision in order to prove to them that He would bless them when they came into the land that was flowing with milk and honey. Yet some still rebelled against Him, murmuring and complaining, desiring to go back to the bondage of Egypt and as a result they (the murmurers and complainers, the rebellious ones) all died in the wilderness except Joshua and Caleb. They remained true to God and believed His Word.

So God spoke to the generation of those that were born in the wilderness during the forty years of Israel’s wondering and He laid out the choices before them, clearly, directly and concisely.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Righteousness and wickedness are choices. One leads to life—righteousness, and one leads to death—wickedness. But the choice is up to us.

Here the Proverb, “The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.”

The wicked are those who oppose the will of God, willfully choose to walk contrary to Him and in their rebellion go after other gods, to serve them instead of the God of love, grace and compassion who delivered them out of their bondage to bring into freedom and the place of blessing and peace.

The just are those who embrace and do the will of God and teach it to their children and their children to their children in each succeeding generation. The just accept that there is only One God who delivered them and therefore their allegiance is to Him and Him alone. They and their house are blessed in the house of the Lord, because they choose to abide there and refuse to be led away by the cunning craftiness of the deceiver.

So you ask, why would anyone choose to be in rebellion? Because, that is the basic nature of the fallen human condition. From Adam’s disobedience to this day all humankind is tainted with the sin of the serpent who deceived Eve in his rebellion against God. When she and Adam gave over their trust to the devil’s words rather than standing firm on the Word of God, that rebellion entered the very core of their being and from that moment they began to die, just as God had told them they would. [Genesis 2:16-3:5]

So, every person born from their union, from that day to this, is subject to death. We are by nature drawn to sin and wickedness. In the warped perspective of rebellion, sin is desirable and brings pleasure to the flesh. But if we could see into the spirit realm where the masks of rebellion are removed and the true nature of sin is revealed we would all be horrified at its appearance, at the degree of filth and degradation, of rottenness and vileness of its character.

When we consider the horror of Jesus’ death on the cross and the utter repulsiveness of what he looked like covered in our sin, indeed the sin of the whole world,

it is hard to imagine any rational human being lusting after that. But that is precisely what sin is all about; desiring sin’s pleasures, falsely thinking they will lead to life when in fact all sin always and only leads to death.

But, the way of the just is filled with the life of the Lord and the blessings that are always with Him are extended to those who abide in Him. Their home is blessed. Their wives, their husbands, their children and grand children from generation to generation of those who remain faithful to Him are blessed, free from the death of sin, living in the joy and true life fulfillment of the Lord.

So as those born again from above by the Spirit of God we are now partakers of His grace being freely justified by faith in Jesus Christ. In Him we are now partakers of the Heavenly blessing, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we resist the devil and he flees from us. Our house is blessed because we are abiding in the Father God and the Son our Lord Jesus Christ filled with the Holy Spirit and power from on high.

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