Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Proverbs 10:11 --- Life-Giving Water in the Wilderness of the World

Proverbs 10:11 --- Life-Giving Water in the Wilderness of the World
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

In Proverbs 10:11 we have a contrast between the words of the righteous and the words of the wicked.  The words of the righteous are a fountain of life.  The words of the wicked conceal violence.  The contrast between a "fountain of life" and "violence" could not be greater.  The words of the righteous bring eternal life.  The words of the wicked bring eternal death.

A fountain is a natural spring that is fed by an underground aquifer, which is supplied by rain from the heavens.  Just as a natural spring or fountain gives life, especially in a dry land, so the words of the righteous give life to a world that has become a barren wilderness because of its rebellion against the Lord.

It is impossible for the wicked, who belong to the evil one, to be a fountain of life to others.  Their words come from below, not from above.  Unbelievers do not know the Wisdom that came from the Father from heaven to earth.  Unbelievers have not received the Son the Father has given.  Unbelievers do not possess the water of the Holy Spirit, whom only the resurrected Jesus gives, nor do they pay attention to the Word of God, which is breathed out from the mouth of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Therefore, the words of unbelievers will never refresh and give eternal life.  The words of the unbelieving world must necessarily conceal violence, because as 1 John 5:19 teaches, "The whole world lies in the power of the evil one."

Think of all of the false religions of the world.  They all conceal violence, because they all will be judged by the Lord, and their adherents cast into hell.  Think of all the Christian ministers who have rejected the apostolic faith.  Their words conceal violence as they move men and women away from the truth that was once delivered from Jesus and his apostles for the salvation of the world (Jude 1:3).  Think of all the secular people in our world that have no concern about their eternal state, and teach others to also have no concern.  Their words conceal violence.

As believers in Christ, we ought to be different.  We ought to speak words of life to others, even as our Lord did while he walked the earth.  This world is a barren wilderness and it needs the life-giving water of eternal life. 

How do we become a fountain of life to others in our speech?  How can our words become a source of blessing and eternal life to those around us?

Just as a fountain needs a source, so too we need to be in touch with the source of eternal life and love.  We must be taught by the Father (John 6:45).  We must learn each day from the Word of God as we sit at the feet of Christ our Lord (Luke 10:38-42).  Jesus Christ is the fountain of living waters, who says to his people: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. As the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:37-38).  As we daily die (repentance and consecration --- Romans 12:1) and rise with Christ (faith), we will live in contact with the source --- in union and communion with Christ Jesus and his indwelling Spirit --- and we too can learn to be a life-giving blessing to others through our words.

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