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 (Genesis 4:8). Cain, in a fit of anger, murdered his brother Abel, beginning the long history of human violence and inhumanity towards one's fellowman.
Little importance is being placed on the value of human life. An example of devaluing human life took place in 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. (Comment)
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. When you till the ground, it shall not yield its 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. Their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths (Isaiah 49:4-7). 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, wisdom, even one's own righteousness, having not submitted to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:3). They speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity with the act of violence is in their hands.
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 attempting to evade with little opposition to oppose it.
Their feet run to evil means they hasten to commit all manner of sin, taking delight and pleasure therein, and continuing to do so, without remorse or shame (Jeremiah 6:15).
We are seeing a trend today of such being prevalent and acceptable. Scripture reveals that the conscience of man has become seared as a hot iron speaking lies in hypocrisy (1 Timothy 4:2). The acceptability of the previous unacceptable is coming into focus in many once godly nations.
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity. Such individuals were continually devising things vain and sinful, unprofitable towards the keeping of God's Word, with their tongues, lips, hands, and feet being fully engulfed in the sinful and violence of man.
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 the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, being presumptuous and self-willed, speaking evil of the things that they understand not; who would utterly perish in their own corruption (2 Peter 2:10-12).
Scripture reveals a time that the earth was corrupt before God. And God said: 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 6:11-13).
God dwelt with the vilest of man through a flood that destroyed every living thing except those in the ark. 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 destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
The Book of Proverbs addresses the violence of man: They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence (Proverbs 4:17). 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 winks his eyes to devise perverse things: compressing his lips He brings evil to pass (Proverbs 16:29-30).
Violence of man provokes God's wrath; unless repentance comes into focus. 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 by striking you, by making you desolate because of your sins (Micah 6:12-13).
Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil you; because of men's bloodshed, and for the violence in 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 practiced to offset such. God's Word reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come. We are seeing the characteristics of such amply displayed in the world today (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
King David spoke of deliverance from violence: The God of my rock; in him will I trust: He is my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold, and my refuge, my savior; who will save me from violence (2 Samuel 22:3).
You 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 the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates. Upon the wicked he shall rain burning coals, fire and brimstone (as He did in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah); this shall be their portion to partake of (Psalm 11:5-6).
The 33rd Psalm reveals: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. 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 considers all their ways.
It is unfortunate that the violence of man has taken its place in society; attempting to override the righteous of God.
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 non-violence of man: Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. Blessed is he that is merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the sons of God (Matthew 5:5-9).
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