By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Violence of man is an act of aggression; a turbulent state resulting in injury, destruction, or death. The first recorded violence of mankind is the account of Cain and Abel. Cain, in a fit of anger, murdered his brother Abel, beginning the long history of human violence and inhumanity towards one's fellowman.
Today little importance is being placed on the value of human life. An example of devaluing human life is legalized abortion of a baby still in its mother's womb. According to the World Health Organization 40 to 50 million babies are aborted around the world each year.
God did not dismiss the role that Cain played in the first recorded death through violent action. Unto Cain He said: Now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand; when you till the ground, it shall not henceforth yield to you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall you be in the earth (Genesis 4:11-12).
That curse make it impossible for Cain to be a farmer which was his occupation. His being a vagabond conveyed the ideal of wandering about aimlessly. Whether it is abortion, or violence as in the case of Cain, it does not escape God's attention.
Violence of man is noted many times in God's Word. The prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: None calls for justice, nor any pleas for truth: They trust in vanity (or empty words), and speak lies; they conceive mischief (or bloodshed), and bring forth iniquity (Isaiah 59:4).
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity (or lawlessness); wasting and destruction are in their paths (Isaiah 59:7). None calls for justice refers to no advocates for such; with few calling for righteousness, neither preaching it, nor publishing it.
Trust in vanity means in one's own strength and wisdom, even one's own righteousness. Scripture reveals: They being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about about to establish their own righteousness, having not submitted to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:3).
In such a mode they do that which is contrary to God's Word; by sinful words, actions, reproaches, and violent behavior. We are seeing violence of man stream forth as a flood with little opposition to oppose it.
The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they (or know how to) blush; therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit (or punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).
We are seeing a trend of such today! Scripture reveals: Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2). The acceptability of the previous unacceptable is coming into focus in many once godly nations.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of national corruption with the consequence of suffering, in saying: There feet run to evil, and they hake haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity (or lawlessness): wasting and destruction are in their paths (Isiah 59:7). Wasting and destruction were in their paths indicates they would walk towards leading others to eventful ruin and destruction without even realizing the precarious path they themselves were taking.
The apostle Peter conveyed similar words, in identifying those who walk after (or according to) the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government (or authority). Presumptuous are they, and self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities (2 Peter 2:10).
Scripture reveals a time that the earth was corrupt before God. And God said to Noah: The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and I will destroy them with the earth (Genesis 6:13).
God dwelt with the vile nature of man through a flood that destroyed every living thing except those in the ark of safety. Scripture reveals that God spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly (2 Peter 2:5).
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition (or destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
Scripture addresses the wise and foolish: Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men (Proverbs 4:14). For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just (or righteous) is as the shining (or bright) light, that shines more and more (or ever brighter) unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:17-18).
The mouth of the righteous man is a well of life; but violence covers the mouth of the wicked (Proverbs 10:11). A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him into the way that is not good. He shutteth (or winks) his eyes to devise froward (or perverse) things: moving (or compressing) his lips he brings evil to pass (Proverbs 16:29-30).
Violence of man provokes God's wrath; unless repentance comes into focus. Scripture reveals: For the rich men are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore will I make you sick in smiting (or striking) you, in (or by) making you desolate because of your sins (Micah 6:12-13).
The prophet Habakkuk spoke of judgment of the unrighteous, in speaking the words of the Lord: Because you have spoiled (or plundered) many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil (or plunder) you; because of men's blood (or bloodshed), and for the violence of the land, and of the city, and of all that dwell therein (Habakkuk 2:8). God was speaking against the city of Babylon due to its inner corruption.
Violence of man has accumulated in these latter days bringing much havoc. Man, having disallowed himself from his Creator, has allowed filth and degradation to set in. When man attempted to erase God from the scene he opened Pandora's box of evils upon mankind. In Greek mythology a story is told of a box send by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity that loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind: a prolific source of troubles.
In many nations the violence of man has escalated! Thousands of lives have been affected, through the violence of man, with little restraint being made to offset such. God's Word reveals: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). We are seeing the characteristics of such amply displayed in the world today.
King David spoke of deliverance from the violence of man: The God of my rock; in him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn (or strength) of my salvation, my high tower (or stronghold), and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence (2 Samuel 22:3).
And bring me forth from my enemies: you also have lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: you have delivered me from the violence of man (2 Samuel 22:49).
The Lord tries (or tests) the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares (or burning coals), fire and brimstone (as He did in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah), and a horrible tempest (or a burning wind): this shall be the portion of their cup (or their portion to partake of) (Psalm 11:5-6).
Scripture reveals: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he has chosen to be his own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashions their hearts alike (or individually); he considers (or understands) all their works (Psalm 33:12-15).
It is unfortunate that the violence of man has taken its place in society; with the righteous often remaining silent.
Napoleon, the French Emperor, one of the greatest military masterminds of his time stated: The World suffers not because of violence done by the wicked but because the righteous keep silence.
The Lord Jesus Christ pointed the way towards the non-violence of man, in saying: Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth (or land). Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children (or sons) of God (Matthew 5:5-9).
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