Pride And Anger Work Against Humility

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Pride

Four Stately Creatures (vv. 29-33)

In God’s order of things, some creatures are small and in humble positions and some are in more prominent positions. Three or four strut around (v. 29). In contract to the four lowly creatures in the four previous verses are those that appear more noble and stately in these verses. They include:

    1. The lion. - An animal from which people retreat because of its strength (v. 30).
    2. The roster. -  He struts and tries to make people think that he is king of the roost (v. 31).
    3. The goat. - This male animal takes on an arrogant appearance (v. 31).
    4. A king - He may strut with pride as he is seemingly invincible with his army (v. 31).
In contrast with the creatures who strut in pride (vv. 29-31) is a person who has played the fool and is spiritually insensitive. By exalting himself and planning evil he causes trouble. In a symbol of clamping ones hand over his mouth is a way of saying he should stop being proud and making trouble. As sure as churning...milk makes butter and the twisting of the nose brings blood, so the agitation and stirring up of anger brings trouble. It is interesting to note that pride and anger work against humility. If you are foolishly planning something evil, then stop it now! If you churn milk you get butter; if you pound on your nose, you get blood and if you stay angry, you get in trouble(v. 33).

Application

 The creatures in this passage are very proud and think they are more than they are. When people recognize me for being good or preforming well it is easy for me to get proud and think that I’m more than I am. Lord help me to be like the apostle Paul when he said “By the grace of God I am what I am."and if it wasn’t for God I would be nothing and deserve nothing.

Proverbs 30:29-33 (English Standard Version)

Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride: the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any; the strutting rooster, the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him. If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

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