Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 1, 2017

“Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 24:1-12.

“Do not be envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;
2 For their minds devise violence,
And their lips talk of trouble.

3 By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man is strong,
And a man of knowledge increases power.
6 For by wise guidance you will wage war,
And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

7 Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth in the gate.

8 One who plans to do evil,
Men will call a schemer.
9 The devising of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

10 If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.

11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?”  Proverbs 24:1-12.

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“Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.”  Verse 11.

Other doctrine focuses on man, receives this verse as a call for man’s action, and plans how he will save others.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God, makes this verse his prayer to God, and beholds God’s great work of salvation.

Reformed Doctrine recognizes the “Total Depravity” of man taught by Scripture.  All of us are being taken away to death.  All of us are staggering to slaughter going down to the pit.

Only God can deliver us from death.

“What man can live and not see death?
Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?  Selah.”  Psalm 89:48.

“To You, O Lord, I call;
My rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You are silent to me,
I will become like those who go down to the pit.”  Psalm 28:1.

“2 O Lord my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
3 O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.”  Psalm 30:2-3.

“For You have delivered my soul from death,
Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the living.”  Psalm 56:13.

“18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.”  Psalm 33:18-20.

“God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”  Psalm 68:20.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man;  though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”  Romans 5:6-10.

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