August 19, 2018 Evening Service
Delivered By
Dr Tom Hover
Delivered On
August 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Central Passage
Proverbs 29:18
The Law of Vision

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The Law of Vision

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

Introduction  To understand our text we must examine the word vision which occurs 31 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. In each instance it denotes that which is communicated by God to man through inspired revelation.  The term, in this context, has nothing to do with carnal idealism, natural optimism, or even personal enthusiasm. On the contrary, Solomon is speaking here of something quite outside of human agency. For Moses, it was “… seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27); for Paul, it was seeing “… a light from heaven…” (Acts 26:13); for you and me, it is seeing a prophetic vision of God as related to man’s need. 

Without such a vision “the people perish,” or “become naked,” or “cast off restraint.” So we are confronted with The Law of Vision.

I. The Absence of This Vision Proverbs 29:18

1) People Become Spiritually Defenseless Proverbs 29:18

Exodus 32:25, Matthew 9:36

2) People Become Naturally Defiant Proverbs 29:18. 

Why? They cast off restraint!  Romans 1:28-32 

3) People Become Personally Destructive Proverbs 29:18

Hosea 4:6

II. The Presence of This Vision     Proverbs 29:18

1) Redemptive Passion Proverbs 29:18Lament. 3:51 

Vision produces passion.  Isaiah 53:3, Romans 9:1-3

2) Responsive Action Proverbs 29:18

Redemptive passion always leads to responsive action; vision begets venture. 

James 1:22-25, Luke 1:68, Luke 1:78 (see Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28) 

III. The Essence of This Vision         Proverbs 29:18

 In the parallelism which is employed in this verse there are two words used to spell out the essence of the prophetic vision. The one is law the other is vision. 

1) The Revelation of the Word of God Proverbs 29:18

l Samuel 3:1, I Samuel 3:21

2) The Inspiration of the Spirit of God Proverbs 29:18

Acts 2:16-24  The Word of God and the Spirit of God correspond completely in this matter of Vision. Remember, Proverbs 29:18

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