Dread vs. Desire

Your Choice – Dreams or Nightmares Come True – Lift Up Your Eyes!

Lo que el impío teme, eso le vendrá;
Pero a los justos les será dado lo que desean. (RVR 1960)

CONTEXT: 

Unlike most books and chapters of the bible putting this one in context is hard because Chapter 10 is a collection of wise sayings of Solomon. Yet it does help to look at the preceding and following verse when we break it down:


v.23 To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.

To do evil, that is to willfully commit sin. For anyone to do so shows the wickedness of their heart, their complete and utter depravity and their true desires. 

a man of understanding, is described in Job’s discourse on the matter 28:20-28 he closes with ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’  In other words to avoid evil (sin), and not to do it, that is true wisdom.

v.24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.

The fear of the wicked, what is it that the wicked can fear (many translation render this Dread) ? Although most sinners (wicked people as applied here) those doing evil against the Holy God, think they are all good, deep down their conscience betrays them in the end. Their greatest fear is the evil they have bestowed being brought down on them even more so. They fear they will be brought down from their roost, their places of self imposed power. 

the desire of the righteous, this is not some fanciful desire, some worldly desire that modern day, name it and claim it or prosperity gospel charlatans expound. Instead of claiming they are blessed a righteous man cries out for God’s blessings daily. This is the desire of a man of understanding who has wisdom. A desire born from a man who delights themselves in reverential fear of Yahweh, the God of the Holy Bible. You cannot be righteous if you desire anything above God.

v.25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, a whirlwind or twister passes by quickly and with great power, destroying most everything in its path. (I know I live in a prime tornado alley areas of the South) As fast as a evil sinner rises to power and mischief the quicker and usually harder their fall. Their greatest fears realized.

the righteous has an everlasting foundation. As many of you know one of my ministries if Church Building so I know the foundation of any building project is key to its success. It needs to be built upon solid ground. Jesus used the example of building upon solid rock Matthew 7:24-25. That foundation is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is the foundation of Salvation and Eternal Life that we read in Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians in which he writes For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (3:11). 

CONCLUSION: 

Apart from a solid foundation in Christ man will always do evil by resorting to his fallen sinful nature. Sinful man will always Fear or Dread the consequences of his actions because he lives without hope or righteous desire. A righteous man, one who has understanding and wisdom will always Desire the will of God in for their lives and shun evil at every turn. 

The question is are you living a life of Dread or Desire?

 

You Choose Wise Man or Fool

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As a builder I have a keen understanding of the importance of a good foundation. Without it everything that we build upon it will eventually crumble and fall. So too is our Christian walk, if we do not begin with a reverence and obedience, a true piety  to the most Holy God our walk is doomed to collapse. – Mike

Matthew Poole’s English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The fear of the Lord; reverence and obedience to God, or his worship and service, as this word is commonly used.

The beginning; either the foundation, or the top, and perfection, or chief point, without which all other knowledge is vain and useless.

Foolswicked men, called fools through this whole book; such as do not fear God.

Despise wisdom and instructionare so far from attaining true wisdom, that they despise it, and all the means of getting it; which fully proves what he now said, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

The fear of the Lord — the principle of true piety (compare Proverbs 2:5Proverbs 14:26Proverbs 14:27Job 28:28Psalm 34:11Psalm 111:10Acts 9:31).

beginning — first part, foundation.

fools — the stupid and indifferent to God‘s character and government; hence the wicked.

Thy Crown

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This is a promise from our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. “I come quickly” means of course in His time frame not in ours.

The important parts of this verse at least to me follow. Hold that fast which thou hast He says. What does He speak of, our faith of course. Not just any faith but a faith grounded in the doctrines of Christ. Matthew Poole in his commentary says: “hold with a strong hand the doctrine of faith, which thou yet hast, pure, and thy pure worship, and discipline, and a pure conscience”.

Why must we hold fast? That no man take thy crown.” This of course does no imply something like works salvation, but I would refer you to Proverbs 11:18 (CSB) “The wicked person earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.”  and to 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”  He Jesus is speaking about our rewards (crown) in eternity. Alexander MacLaren comments on this: “II. Note next the grim possibility of losing the crown. ‘That no man take’ it. Of course we are not to misunderstand the contingency shadowed here, as if it meant that some other person could filch away and put on his own head the crown which once was destined for us, which is a sheer impossibility and absurdity. No man would think to win heaven by stealing another’s right of entrance there. No man could, if he were to try. The results of character cannot be transferred. Nor are we to suppose reference to the machinations of tempters, either human or diabolic, who deliberately and consciously try to rob Christians of their religion here and thereby of their reward hereafter. But it is only too possible that men and things round about us may upset this certainty that we have been considering, and that though the crown be ‘thine.’ it may never come to be thy actual possession in the future, nor ever be worn upon thine own happy head in the festival of the skies.”

Today many are seeing an ever increasing hostility to Christianity. Faithfulness to the Doctrines of Christ, ‘holding fast to what we have’, has never been more important. This is especially true if you are a Gospel laborer, but be warned if you are sitting on the sidelines God may call you into action at any moment, are you ready? – Mike

 

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 28 February

p-day-byTHE DEVIL’S CAPTIVES

 Taken captive by [the devil] at his will – 2 Timothy 32:26

 The sinner’s heart is the devil’s mansion house. – Thomas Watson

 Where Satan hath dwelt long he will hardly be removed. – George Swinnock

 Those that want legs to go in goodness, can find wings to fly in wickedness. Thomas Fuller

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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