A Dire Warning From 3,000 Years Ago

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The failure of the new government-run, health-care web site has provided fodder for ridicule from both the left and the right of the political spectrum. It has given late night comedians material for their sarcastic jokes.  Saturday Night Live mocked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a recent skit.  And of course, various talk show hosts almost seem to smirk with an “I told you so” attitude.

Cable TV is filled with ominous news and serious warnings every day about the possible collapse of our economy.  The short-fall of social security.  Medicare running out of money.  And fraud and abuse of our welfare system.

While these concerns have merit and are a valid source of concern, there is even a greater issue that our leaders have largely ignored.  The rejection of God.  The turning away from spiritual values.  And the journey into a moral abyss from which there seems to be no return.

Our sophisticated and carnal culture has largely rejected the wisdom of God and replaced it with worldly wisdom.  Man-made and human directed values that satisfy our lusts.  Inflate our pride.  And mock the national motto of the United States of America–In God we trust.

But God will not be mocked.  Not in the long-term.  He is patient.  Longsuffering.  Eager for us to repent.  Ready to receive us.  Willing to forgive.  But the time of His forbearance will finally end.

I am reminded of a warning over 3,000 years ago from the book of Proverbs.  Wisdom is personified as crying aloud. Calling people to her. Counseling them to reject the error of their way. And warning them of their impending doom.

The words are almost an eerie prophecy of our problems and a commentary on the state of a society that has rejected Jehovah God.

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.

21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:

22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.

23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,

25  Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke,

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes,

27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.

28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.

29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord,

30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke.

31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.

32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them;

33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”  (Prov 1:20-33).

I have no idea what is going to happen to health care, social security, or the state of our economy.  But this I know.  God is not mocked.  We will reap what we sow.  And the fruit of that harvest will be bitter indeed.

Our only hope is repentance.  A return to righteousness.  An old-fashioned revival that reveres God.  And a restoration of our Biblical values.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

5 Comments

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5 responses to “A Dire Warning From 3,000 Years Ago

  1. As has been observed so often in life. Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it. Of course the same man who wrote Proverbs also observed in the first chapter of Eccl. that life is cyclical, and what is, has already been, and will be again. Thanks for writing.

  2. David

    I think maybe it is just that time. Looking at history 3000 years or 6000, is it not strange that mans knowledge has increased so much in the last 100 years compared to all of history,or at least that we know about. We went from riding horses or camels for thousands of years to autos,planes computers, space ships,etc. Why in just the last 100 years? We have all this but are just more evil,selfish and do not need or care what God has to say. Like you I hope we repent. Thanks Ken

  3. Craig Thomas

    Great observations Ken! I would like to add that one of the downfalls of Judah was the shedding of innocent blood “which the LORD would not pardon” (2 Kgs. 24:4). The U.S. has shed an ocean of innocent blood since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973. Could our nation’s current ills be the portent of a coming judgment for this awful sin?

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