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


The Intervention of The Lord: Without His Intervention – Death: Proverbs 16:25-26

25) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
26) He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.


Solomon, in the next two sections of our study helps us to understand what every life would be like if He would step back and allow us to live our life as our sin nature directs us.  The first lesson is that, without the intervention of the Lord, we would partake of all three types of death.  These types are: physical death (separation of the soul from the body; spiritual death (the separation of the spirit from God); eternal spiritual death (separation from God in the Lake of Fire for an eternity)…  


25) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
1.   There exists a path that man, in his fallen, sinful condition appears to be straight and obvious.
2.   Because of his spiritual blindness, he cannot discern that this path actually leads to physical death with no hope of a glorified body, a continuation of their spiritually dead state and receipt of eternal death in torments.

What God had promised to Adam, as the result of the first sin, is exactly what mankind received… “death”, physical, spiritual, and eternal death.  Without the intervention of the Lord, this would be every man’s lot.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  (Genesis 2:16-17)

26) He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
Mankind, when left to himself, struggles to shake off the bondage of death through his own labors.  It is selfish actions not done to glorify God but to simply rid himself of the death that has overtaken him.  It is much like a starving man who is attempting to fulfill his desire for food, yet with no lasting satisfaction, as he finds himself hungering again and again and again.

For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”   (Romans 10:2-3)

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.  Behold, I have given him [for] a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.  Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not, and nations [that] knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.”   (Isaiah 55:1-5)


Apart from the Lord’s intervention in the lives of man, there is no hope of deliverance from death.  Oh, what a great need on our part to make certain that the Lord has intervened in our lives, and then to tell others of the riches of His grace that are found flowing from His shed blood on Calvary’s cross….

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”   (Titus 3:3-7)

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”   (Hebrews 9:27-28)

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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  1. Terry says:

    thank you Rob for another important message

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Blessed devotional. Verse 25 reminds me that people can self-deceive themselves and reminds me of the New Testament imperative to test ourselves in the faith

  3. Time is running out for those who do not know the REALITY of new life in Christ. May we be faithful to be open to Holy Spirit’s promptings and to speak and act when He calls.

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