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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Intervention of The Lord: Control Of The Wicked: Proverbs 16:4-7

4) The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5) Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6) By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.
7) When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

 

EXPOSITION:

4) The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
1. Jehovah, the Self-Existent One, has systematically planned and brought into existence all things.   Why did He do this?  He did this for Himself.  It would be through creation that He would have a universal display of His greatness, grace, wisdom, power and authority.
2. A part of the creation that He has brought into existence is the wicked full well knowing that they would face His judgment someday.  Why would He do this?  He desired to show His justice, power and authority over those who willingly have chosen to rebel against Him. Here, we find the Lord able to turn man’s rebellion against Him upside down and bring glory and honor to Himself.

The Lord through His intervention of creation and judgment glorifies Himself in all things.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [are they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”   (2 Peter 2:9-10)

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?  [What] if God, willing to shew [his] wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?   (Romans 9:20-24)

 
5) Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
1.  Wicked men are motivated out of pride in their hearts.  All wickedness finds it root in pride. It is the arrogant attitude that says “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14) that causes man to live lifestyles of disobedience to Him.  Those who carry about this attitude are an “abomination” to Him.

What is an abomination?  It means to be disgusting or loathed.  Many times, it is related to the sin of placing others before the Lord.  It is used in the context of idol worship but many other times it is used of acts of extreme selfish, willful, rebellion.  A prideful heart is an extreme attitude putting oneself ahead of the Lord. It is the prideful believing they are wiser, better, of higher authority or more powerful than the Lord.  In a real sense, idol worship and a proud heart are the same type of sin.  It is the worship of others, or self, instead of God.

2.  Even when the wicked unite, they will not be able to overcome the judgment of Almighty God.

Please note the significant importance of these verses….These verses make plain that the wicked are in a very dangerous standing before the Lord, their Final Judge.  Not only are their works detested by Him, but they, themselves, are rejected by Him and awaiting Divine judgment.  If they die in their sins, they cannot expect that His enmity and rejection will only touch their sins, while, as individuals, they will escape the final rejection and judgment of God.   He makes it perfectly plain that THEY, THEMSELVES, are an abomination, rejected, despised and awaiting His judgment.

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:  For there is no respect of persons with God.   (Romans 2:6-11)

 

6) By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.
1.  How can a wicked man be cleansed of his rebellious acts?  Through the merciful intervention of God which enables those who are wicked to apply of the truth of God’s Word to their lives coming to repentance and faith in Christ.
2.  How can a wicked man depart from his acts of wickedness?  He must fear God recognizing his dangerous position before Almighty God and come to recognition of His greatness, authority and power.  This is a part of the true salvation experience involving repentance and belief.

Through the Lord’s gracious intervention in the life of the wicked, they can be changed and become the servants of Almighty God.

Deck thyself now [with] majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one [that is] proud, and abase him.  Look on every one [that is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.”   (Job 40:10-14)

 

7) When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
When a man follows the path in obedience and submission to the Lord, the Lord then intervenes in the heart of the enemy and works peace between them.

The intervention of the Lord is not limited to the lives of the saved, by the can also intervene and control the lives of the wicked as well.

The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee [well] in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.”   (Jeremiah 15:11)

SUMMARY:

Our Lord is so great, even the wicked are under His Sovereign control.

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?  At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.  Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.   (Daniel 4:34-37)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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11 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    this is one of the things I m working on, forgiving people who have hurt me

    • Rob Barkman says:

      It is a very difficult thing to do, apart from the Lord’s enabling. Over the years, I have found if I remember all the Lord has forgiven me of, it helps me to forgive others.

  2. I’ve been away for awhile, dear brother, but it is always a blessing to be filled with the Word from your blog. Thank you for your faithfulness to the gospel truth. Lord bless you always in all ways.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      As always thanks for your kind words brother. Glad to have you back. I hope you are continuing to be blessed physically, as well as spiritually. I’ll just came from your blog. Two new ones (you and Spurgeon) I had not seen, both were blessings.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    When I was a young Christian the idea that God controlled even the wicked was a frightening thought…but as I grow in my faith, I am amazed and want to trust in God more knowing that He controls all things…including the wicked

  4. When we eye the events of the world we tend to be discouraged and wonder how people could be soooooooo blind to the realisation that there is a God – a God who created everything and wants the very best for all.

    Thankfully, we know that He is still in control and we can have confidence in Him. We trust Him, continue to walk in His way, reaching out to others with His love, mercy and grace, and looking for the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour. We are one day closer.

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