Proverbs 20: King James Bible
Provoke to Anger – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 2
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Provoke to Anger
There are so many verses throughout the pages of Proverbs, that deal with preventive maintenance. What I mean is, that the Lord gives us instruction, in order to avoid unnecessary issues that negatively impact our lives.
In verse two of this chapter, we see that it is possible to provoke the king to anger. Well, we don’t have an earthly king, do we? Not here in the USA.
However, we are a nation of laws. When we do something contrary to the law and get caught (and believe me, Christians get caught), brings trouble upon our heads eventually. Some laws broken have worse consequences than others, but the majority of the time, you need to go slightly out of your way to break them.
We have no earthly king, but we do have rulers, and as we learn in the New Testament, they do not bear the sword in vain. When we make the decision to provoke to anger the powers that be, we sin against our own soul.
However, due to the ways of this world, this has become a thing that isn’t as black and white as it should be. I do believe that the verse above is referring to a just king with a just and fair system of laws. In today’s governments around the world, wickedness and godlessness has crept into every crevice, and is constantly trying to usher in a one world government, with a one world currency, with a one world religion.
Because wickedness abounds, there are truckloads of laws that have hit the books, that the Lord himself would be holding his nose to. But as long as it doesn’t impede on the Lord’s law and Word, then by that same Word, we are to comply.
Jesus gave several examples of this, concerning Mosaic law as well as Roman law. The problem he wound up having over and over again, is that everyone who knew the Mosaic law, didn’t have any understanding of it as he did (considering it was all waiting and pointing to him).
So he would do something that would break current traditions of men, by holding fast to the letter of the laws given by God (him) to Moses. But because people didn’t get the fact that their traditions weren’t the same as the laws, then they wound up giving him flack for it.
Several times over, Christ Jesus chastised the religious leadership of those days, and held them responsible for everyone else’s lack of knowledge and understanding, concerning the Word of God. But in all things, including the laws established in the area by Rome, as well as Mosaic law, Jesus didn’t break the smallest of them, not once.
In fact, he deliberately fulfilled every yot and tittle of the law, and yet was condemned to death. The only man that ever lived, and fulfilled the law in every way, was nailed to the cross, condemned to die as a thief or any other lawbreaker that deserved that form of punishment in those days.
I said all that to say this…
If we are to become condemned by anyone for any reason, may it be for the cause of Christ alone. As the examples we have in Christ as well as the apostles, breaking the law isn’t necessary to be persecuted.
But to go out of our own way and get ourselves into trouble with the law for whatever the reason, isn’t good, and is just as deserved as anyone else who did the same thing. Like I said above, Christians get caught, and caught faster than most, because we are at spiritual war.
When we do the things the enemy does, we are dealt with more harshly as Christians, because this isn’t our homeland, Heaven is! We’re not of this world, and the world will not receive us. On the contrary, it will search out whatever way possible to make us stumble, and cause for us to fall.
So if we provoke any king, may it be the king of this world, as ambassadors of Christ Jesus, driving him crazy in service to our Lord and Savior. Don’t do the opposite, and provoke the Lord himself, the King of kings, to anger. And yes, any Father can get angry with his children.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 23: King James Bible
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
John 5: King James Bible
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Romans 13: King James Bible
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Thank you for your Word, your grace, and your patience with all of us. Help us Father to obey the authorities as best as possible, so that we may be blameless in your eyes, and should persecution come in any way, stir up within us your Holy Spirit, to give us the words to speak, and to keep us ever aware of your presence through trying times. Let us not provoke to anger, or grieve you in any way, but rather, help us to place a smile on your face, at least once a day. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Can you provoke to anger the authorities without breaking any laws, either of God or man?