Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on Jan. 30, 2K9


notes-41. Proverbs 30:15-16 (ESV) The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough”: Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, “Enough.”

RAF: Master lesson in life #1. 15-16 / There are UNFILLABLE voids in the souls of men.

Do not be surprised at the lengths men will go to try and satisfy such voids. Eph. 1.23. The most heinous and horrific crimes will be traced to this cause. The most inexplicable crimes of humanity flow from this fountain.

 

2. Proverbs 30:18-19 (ESV) Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin.

RAF: Master lesson in life #2. 18-19 / There are UNFATHOMABLE mysteries in life.

Do not be surprised that there are things you will not be able to figure out. You will not get all the answers you seek in this life. We are much better off to be like Job, who received no answer as to WHY he suffered so, but came face to face with the WHO, who was orchestrating it all – the One who was redeeming for him even the wicked designs of the Devil. See: Col 2.

3. Proverbs 30:21-23 (ESV) Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up: a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food; an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.

RAF: Master lesson in life #3. 21-23 / There are UNFITTING realites in life.

Don’t be surprised at injustice here. We live in a fallen world. There are inequities all around us. We can all see that some things are off kilter, out of joint, skewed, lop-sided and improper. It will be so until Christ puts all of His enemies under His feet. He IS making all things new. But they are not new yet. See: Col. 1.20

 

4. Proverbs 30:24-28 (ESV) Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank; the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings’ palaces.

RAF: Master lesson in life #4. 24-28 / There is UNTAPPED wisdom in Creation all around you.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. (Ps. 19:1). Don’t be surprised if some of the answers you are seeking are right in front of you. Woven into the fabric of our Sovereign’s universe are examples of His wisdom and how things work. So it is that Jesus teaches by means of examples from nature, the home, the farm, normal human life and observable phenomena of all kinds. God’s first mode of revelation has not ceased speaking any more than the Bible and Christ have. Nor is there ever any contradiction between them.

 

5. Proverbs 30:29-31 (ESV) Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride: the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any; the strutting rooster, the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him.

RAF: Master lesson in life #5. 29-31 / There are UNLINKED similarities in life.

Not everything is a conspiracy. Men simply share a common fallen nature. And, drawing unwarranted connections between things which are not actually there – and then drawing conclusions – is a souce of unending confusion and strife. Under this umbrella resides the dreadful tendency to assign motives to people’s actions without really knowing. Each time we imagine we know why anyone does what they do, without actually ascertaining from them the true facts – we sin against them, and often respond sinfully to what we do not even know to be certain yet. Only God knows the deep thoughts of men. Often our own motives are not even clear to us – how much less the motives of others? How carefully we need to tread here.

 

6. Proverbs 30:32-33 (ESV) If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

 

RAF: Master lesson in life #6. 32-33 / There are UNAVOIDABLE consequences to our attitudes and actions.

Do not imagine that justice will not be done, or that anyone escapes their proper due. Ezekiel 18:4 (ESV) Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die. The wages, the pay-off, the consequence of sin, really is death (Rom. 6:23). Always. Those who seek mercy in Christ and put their trust in Him, will find justification in the blood of The Lamb. Those who depend upon themselves, religion or some other means or method will perish in their sins. These things are as certain as gravity.

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