In Biblical scholarship, there is the “law of first use” which means that it is important to see how a word is used in a verse when the word appears in the Bible for the very first time. Let’s look at two words “deceived” and “deceit”.
The first time “deceived” is used is in Genesis.
Ge 3:13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Let me restate this; the serpent deceived me, and I sinned.
The first time “deceived” was used it was in the context of Adam and Eve’s fall. The deception was so fatal the whole Universe and all of mankind fell. Deception is the most powerful tool of Satan.
The first time “deceit” is used is also in Genesis.
Ge 27:35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.”
The first time the word “deceit” was used, it was in the context of interaction within a family and as a result a blessing was lost.
I want you to notice that first you are deceived into sin, and then in sin you are deceived out of your blessings.
The wisdom books were given that you might not be deceived out of blessings, peace, and eternal life for you and your family. Without God there is no wisdom, without wisdom there are no blessings, and without blessings there is no peace. Without making peace with God there is not a victory over death for eternal life, and without the peace of God there is also no victory in your everyday life over sin in a fallen world. Yes you can point to those without God that are being blessed. But, the wise understand in wisdom there is something more precious than worldly treasure. In wisdom there is protection and eternal life. This next verse tells you that wisdom is a life and death matter.
Ec 7:12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Why is the world so lost? Why are there so many without wisdom and without protection?
Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 5:41 AM CDT