What if God had not spoken

Proverbs 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Our text in Proverbs leaves no question about the importance of the ministry of the word.  The bible simply says that if there is no divine revelation from God, the people will die in their sins.  The word for “vision” in this verse is from the Hebrew word chaw-zone’and according to Strong; it literally means an oracle of divine prophecy.  Where there is no preaching of the divinely inspired word of God, people will be unrestrained in the depths of their depravity.  Thankfully, God has spoken.

Consider six things that we would not have if there were no Bibles in the land and if there were no people to lift up the truth in this world of lies that we live in.

  1. THERE WOULD BE NO CONVICTION OF SIN.
    1. Conviction of sin comes by having the word in us. 1Jn.1:8-10.
    2. Conviction of sin comes by hearing the law of God.  1Jn.3:4.
    3. Conviction of sin comes when the word has a place in you.  Jn.8:34-37.
    4. Where there is no vision the people perish.
  2. THERE WOULD BE NO SALVATION.
    1. Salvation comes only after the prophets told about it. 1Pet.1:9-10.
    2. Salvation comes from studying the Holy Scriptures.  2Tim.2:15.
    3. Salvation comes when the word of God is not bound. 2Tim.2:9-10.
    4. Where there is no vision the people perish.
  3. THERE WOULD BE NO FAITH.
    1. Faith comes by the ministry of the word of God.  Rom.10:17.
    2. Faith comes because of written visions from God. Hab.2:2-4. (The word faith is only found two times in the Old Testament.  Here and in Dt.32.)
    3. Faith comes only when God hides not His face from us.  Deut.32:20.
    4. Where there is no vision the people perish.
  4. THERE WOULD BE NO HOPE.
    1. Hope comes when we have the word of the Lord Ps. 130:5.
    2. Hope comes when there are commandments of God. Ezr.10:2-3.
    3. Hope comes from the promises of God.  Acts 24:14-15, 26:6-7.
    4. Where there is no vision the people perish.
  5. THERE WOULD BE NO PEACE.
    1. Peace comes to those that labour in the gospel.  Phil.4:3-7.
    2. Peace comes from wisdom that is from above. James 3:17-18.
    3. Peace comes when the word of Christ dwells in you.  Col.3:15-16.
    4. Where there is no vision the people perish.
  6. THERE WOULD BE NO COMFORT.
    1. Comfort comes because of the promises of God in Christ. 2Cor.1:3, 20.
    2. Comfort comes because scripture was written before hand.  Rom.15:4.
    3. Comfort comes from the life giving word of God.  Ps.119:50.
    4. Where there is no vision the people perish.

CONCLUSION:  God is real and God has spoken.  God cannot lie.  God has said, “Where there is no vision the people perish.”  Hear ye the word of the Lord.  AMEN.

 

 

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