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Proverbs 29 (30 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
1. He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
This verse describes a person who has been rebuked with many rebukes, with many corrections, a person continually having to be rebuked for their wayward behavior. Usually this person is stubborn, burdensome, difficult, fierce, and harsh. This is the description of someone who hardens his or her neck. One day, INSTANTLY, SUDDENLY, that person will be broken in pieces, shattered, by the hand of God, and that, without a cure. Let's look at some of the characteristics of those who fit this description.
2 Chronicles 36:14-16
14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
How soon have the people forsaken the Lord? A little over a decade, since the writing of this chapter, the people, who had the greatest Passover feast and time of dedication since the days of Samuel the prophet, rebelled against God again. The spiritual leaders lead the downfall, followed by the people themselves. They were all unfaithful to the Lord and they increased greatly the abominations of the heathens around them. They defiled the temple again, which was sanctified and consecrated unto God.
15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
God continued to display His grace and longsuffering towards His disobedient people, showing them over and over again how much He loved them and wanted them to come to Him. He continued to send His mouthpieces, the prophets, rising early before daybreak, sending them continually and carefully, giving them sufficient opportunity to turn to Him and to receive His lovingkindness, pit ...
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