Friday, September 4, 2015

Proverbs 1:11-14: Companionship

If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 1et us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; we shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil; cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse”— Proverbs 1:11-14
with us: companionship, together with
lie in wait: actually, ambush. 
shed blood: blood in quantity, hence sometimes of blood shed by rude violence, and of blood-stains
Lurk: hidden
innocent: free from guilt, clean,

swallow: engulf, of violence, extortion
Sheol: underworld (place to which people descend at death)
whole: sound healthful
Pit: pit of the grave

Find: secure prey, booty, plunder
Precious: costly
Possessions: wealth
Spoil: plunder

Cast: share with us
Lot: cast thy fortune into the midst of us, in with us
One: combine 
Purse: money

"Let us kill anyone in our way, and steal anything we want. We will then share all that we steal." Sounds much like a description of what is happening across our Nation. No regard for human life. No regard for laws. No respect. Pure lawlessness. 

It's vital that we know who we have a companionship with BEFORE they entice us into sin. In many relationships we see the "end result" of the PRIZE—money, riches, fame, etc—and that clouds our judgment. We ignore how the "Prize" was obtained. That end result skews our judgment and make us disregard our morals. 

"If they say"—in order to hear them, I must be in their company. And that is a bad location! Psalm 1:1: 
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful."
If my heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), I will not feel comfortable in the companionship of sinners, much less want to hear them as they work to entice me to follow in their sinful ways. 

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