Thursday, May 12, 2011

Proverbs 20:2 commentary

2 ¶ The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Just to remind you, we’ve had a similar verse come up recently.

Proverbs 19:12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

I had shown the verse where the Bible says that God’s wrath is upon everyone who doesn’t believe what Jesus Christ, the visible image of God (Colossians 1:15), said about Himself.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Those who have received Christ as their Saviour should be grateful to have been pardoned and forgiven (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9,10).

1Thessalonians 5:9,10 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

The world, which consists of the people who live on the earth and the systems under which they live (Revelation 3:10) in most contexts after the Gospels, is under God’s wrath and waiting for Christ to return to take over all its kingdoms (John 18:36; Revelation 11:15) which currently are given under Satan’s control (Luke 4:5,6; 2 Corinthians 4:4) as it is given by God to have the rulers over the nations as being of the worst sort of men and women (Daniel 4:17). It’s sort of ironic that our concept of history, unless a historian is of the Postmodernist or of the Annales school of historical writing, revolves around political leaders, kings, and nations at war. And yet, that makes history a study of evil and of the methods of Satan’s minions. Rarely is a history done of the simple people of God who loved Christ throughout history’s ages. The history of nations is not one of glory and honor and noble causes, it is the history of the powerful and well connected abusing and exploiting, even murdering common people. It is about kingdoms of great wealth, power, art, architecture, science, religion, and technology held together only by brute force.

It is said;

1Corinthians 1:26-29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

But back to the Proverb at hand, those who reject Christ invoke the wrath of God and sin against their own souls by condemning themselves with that rejection.

For the Christian, there is no expectation of God’s ultimate wrath but God will chastise you for your rebelliousness and carelessness for the things of God (1 Corinthians 11:32). The Proverb implies that when judgment comes, we’ve brought it on ourselves.

I hope and pray, as you read the Bible daily, pray, and study and as you do that also with your spouse and children, that God will lead you closer to Him, to understanding His will for YOUR life, and to peace and joy in Him. If you don’t care for doing any of that to get to know God better you’re either lost as a goose in a horse race or you, as a Christian, are like a water buffalo running headfirst into a brick wall day after day. How’s that working out for you?

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