Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Depart from Hell – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verse 24
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Depart from Hell
In my opinion, this is an extremely interesting verse, and is such for a couple of reasons. When read through quickly, this verse might strike you as a piece of common sense.
Perhaps it is as if to say, that if you catch hold to the way of life, you’ll be spared from going to hell. Seems that way doesn’t it?
But I’d bet that if you slow down a little, and see what it actually says, you’d be a bit surprised. My thought is, how can you depart from a place, that you haven’t been to?
There are a couple of key words here, that I’d like to focus on if I may. Those words are “depart,” and “Hell.” Bear in mind, this was written long before the saving grace of Christ Jesus, and the idea of people going to Heaven to be where the Father is, is only around 2,000 years old.
Prior to our entrance into Heaven through Christ Jesus, people went to a place called Sheol, which had two sides to it. One was paradise and the other was a version of what we would think of as hell. Though separate, they were still in view of each other.
Jesus gives us a clear description of it when he speaks of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man (see below). When Jesus was three days in the belly of the earth, this is where he went. This is brought up in Psalms 22, as well as several places throughout the New Testament.
After making an open spectacle of the powers of darkness on the hell side, he set the captives free from the paradise side, and brought them into Heaven. From there forward, all who go by the way of the grave, and has received the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Savior, are welcomed into Heaven, to be where he is.
I said all of that to say this… Having theses things in mind, the verse above is a prelude, pointing to the coming of the Messiah. The coming of the Lord, who from the perspective of those that were in Sheol, would literally be coming from above. Because of him, they were able to depart from hell, and leave it beneath.
The second way this verse can be taken, is to understand that this world is an evil place, fueled by the flames of hell itself. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, but the world was made forfeit by Adam approximately 6,000 years ago, as Satan as the beneficiary.
This world being a sort of extension of Hell, does all that it can to take us to hell itself, and does all that it is allowed to do, to remove us from Christ, thus removing our ability to be with our Father. Wide and broad is the way to Hell, because the world makes it so easy to get us there.
But not for us who believe in Christ Jesus. He is the way of life, because he is the Way, Truth, and the Life. We have made the decision despite what the world wants us to do, to go unto the Father through him. That we may depart from this world, and from hell beneath, and go to where we are seated with him in heavenly places!
On that note, did I tell you that I find this to be an extremely interesting verse?
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Colossians 2: King James Bible
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Luke 16: King James Bible
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Thank you for the revelation that you provide, any time that we’re digging into your Word seeking out treasure. As we sojourn through this world, seeking t fulfill your will for our lives, help us to set our eyes on you, and to not take heart of the things that come at us from all sides. Lord, our trust is in you, and we pray that you increase our faith should it be necessary, to help us to simply keep our eyes on you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you know that the word depart means to be removed via Strong’s concordance? Isn’t it interesting when we use that in the phrase “depart from hell” as Christians?