Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept* of men:
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of that framed it, He had no understanding?
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
29:9-16 The security of sinners in sinful ways, is cause for lamentation and wonder. The learned men, through prejudice, said that the Divine prophecies were obscure; and the poor urged their want of learning. The Bible is a sealed book to every man, learned or unlearned, till he begins to study it with a simple heart and a teachable spirit, that he may thence learn the truth and the will of God. To worship God, is to approach him. And if the heart be full of his love and fear, out of the abundance of it the mouth will speak; but there are many whose religion is lip-labour only. When they pretend to be speaking to God, they worship the God of Israel according to their own devices. Numbers are only formal in worship. And their religion is only to comply with custom, and to serve their own interest. But the wanderings of mind, and defects in devotion, which are the believer's burden, are very different from the withdrawing of the heart from God, so severely blamed. And as those that quarrel with God, so those that think to conceal themselves from him, in effect charge him with folly. But all their perverse conduct shall be entirely done away.
- Prudent : believing but not being truly committed.
- Understanding: discernment
- Precepts: commandment, statues
Reading these scripture, the King Nebuchadnezzar comes to mind. God had shown himself to Nebuchadnezzar in various situations. When Nebuchadnezzar had the dream of his mind being made like that of an animal and he called for interpretation of the dream from his wise men and magicians, none could interpret his dream. The things that are of God cannot be interpreted by anything of this world. Nebuchadnezzar was forced to call upon one of God's people, Daniel, to interpret the dream.
When Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fire for not worshiping the golden statue, God saved them. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a perfect example of someone that is not moved by man's precept of what God wants. The only way we will know what God wants is to read His word and be a person after God's own heart.
Therefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, Take provisions with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and day unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make you a covenant with us. This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is moldy: And these skins of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they are torn: and these our garments, and our shoes have become old by reason of the very long journey. And the men took of their provisions, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
Joshua 9: 11-12
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
But when they had once said, We are come from a far country, they were led to say it, made of skins, and their clothes: one lie brings on another, and that a third, and so on. The way of that sin is especially down-hill.
The "Elders" led them to tell lies. My heart is grieved because so many people fail to pick up the Word of God and confirm what someone say to them with it. God said that there would be many wolves in sheep's clothing. So many are not teaching the FULL Word of God. When you pick up the bible and you say, "I believe this but I don't believe that." You are denying Christ and if this is happening with a leader of the church, this is very dangerous because, he is not only hindering and hurting himself. He is hindering and hurting his flock. There are so many "MAN" made rules. Just like in Jesus time He said that He had not come to take away from the Law but to fulfill it. The people in His time were adding man-made rules to what God had meant for instruction. I believe this caused confusion and it caused division and it caused MANY to be lead to hell. The Word of God was meant to be a simple interpretation. God is not the author of confusion. His Yoke is easy and His burden is light. So many try to make the burden more heavy and the yoke hard. God's Word is simple and it shouldn't be taken away from and it shouldn't be added to with man-made rules
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2: 9-17
I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother.
When Nebuchadnezzar decided that he was greater than God and did not need God: he said these words;"Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for a royal residence by my own mighty strength and for my majestic honor?" The thing I want you to consider is God gave Nebuchadnezzar a warning through his dream. He also gave him a year to turn from his wickedness. Nebuchadnezzar did not heed that warning and so he was brought to his knees with a mind of a wild animal! I do feel like this is a year of preparation for us. This country has gone so far from God's word! You see it in all the news channels, in the way the people of this country act! The people of this country are fulfilling scripture;
for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not?
The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few
To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
2:12-17 A believer's triumphs are all in Christ. To him be the praise and glory of all, while the success of the gospel is a good reason for a Christian's joy and rejoicing. In ancient triumphs, abundance of perfumes and sweet odours were used; so the name and salvation of Jesus, as ointment poured out, was a sweet savour diffused in every place. Unto some, the gospel is a savour of death unto death. They reject it to their ruin. Unto others, the gospel is a savour of life unto life: as it quickened them at first when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life. Observe the awful impression this matter made upon the apostle, and should also make upon us. The work is great, and of ourselves we have no strength at all; all our sufficiency is of God. But what we do in religion, unless it is done in sincerity, as in the sight of God, is not of God, does not come from him, and will not reach to him. May we carefully watch ourselves in this matter; and seek the testimony of our consciences, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that as of sincerity, so speak we in Christ and of Christ.
If your are wondering what happened to Nebuchadnezzar once he repented.....
The text says immediately the king lifted his eyes to heaven and his sanity was restored. bible-truth.org
I ask that you forgive me for not putting you first in my life. That you help me deny the things that have risen above you in my life. To set those things down and to pick you up; because Father I can't do this without you. Father, you know my heart and you know that I am sincere. Please, help me to see things through a new light today. Help me Father, Over my life. You are my Father, My Yahweh! I love you over all things and I pray that you will help me be a light to others. I humbly pray this..
In Jesus Name,
P.S. If you have left me a comment and I have not responded I will be doing that later on. I have been terribly sick with some sort of virus going around. I love you so much!
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary in Blue.
Scripture reference from bible.cc
Definitions in Green and referenced from bibletools.com