Proverbs 3 – Part 4

Proverbs 3:1-12

Command One: Do not forget wisdom’s teaching but let your heart keep wisdom’s commands
Reason: length of days, years of life, peace

Command Two: Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Reason: to find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Command Three: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him.
Reason: He will make your paths straight.

Command Four: Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
(Job 1:1; Proverbs 12:15, 22:4, 26:12; Isaiah 5:21; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Romans 12:16)

Reason: It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

1 Corinthians 8:2-3
“If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.  But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.”

Galatians 6:3
“For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

James 1:5
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Over and over in the scriptures we see that to fear God is to turn away from evil.   Fear of God leads to life and evil leads to death.  And only by the fear of the Lord does one turn away from evil  (Prov. 14:27; Prov. 16:6; Job 28:28) So, if we do not fear God then it naturally follows that we will not turn away from evil, in fact, we will embrace it.  Romans tells us that before we are slaves to Christ, we are slaves to sin (Romans 6:5-14).

So, how can the fear of the Lord and turning away from evil bring healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones?  What will you need healing from and refreshment from?  The answer is healing from the effects of sin.

Check these out:

Proverbs 5:8-11  “Keep your way far from her [the adulterous woman], and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed.”

Proverbs 23:29-30 “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine.”

Psalm 32:1-4 “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.  For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.”
Psalm 38:1-8 “O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath!  For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.  There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.  For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.”

Abusing the Lord’s Supper:
1 Corinthians 11:27-30 “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”

Proverbs 3:1-2 and 7-8 tell us that following after God and His commandments and turning from evil brings life to us, healing to our flesh, refreshment to our bones, and peace.  The effects of sin cause ill-health and ultimately death.  The effects of the fear of the Lord produce health and life.

May you be full of life!  “You who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.” – Malachi 4:2-3

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