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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Separation Of Seeking

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.  Proverbs 18:1

One of the true tests of genuine desire is the willingness to separate ourselves.  The topic under consideration here is wisdom.  A man desires wisdom.  His desire causes him to seek wisdom.  Can we really claim to desire something we do not seek?

Intermeddleth seems to be a word that denotes the intensity level of the seeking.  The word is used two other times both in Proverbs.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Intermeddle: to meddle impertinently and officiously and usually so as to interfere. (Merriam/Webster Online Dictionary)

Clearly it is a word that implies persistence.  A persistent seeking of wisdom rooted in desire.

It is a level of seeking that compels one to separation.  Separation is not a one-dimensional concept.  Separation is always from something to something.  When we think about this reality in the context of wisdom it is easy enough to see what one is separated to, wisdom.  But being separated to wisdom necessitates being separated from other things.  A person who is separated unto wisdom will be separated from foolishness, fools, and folly.

When we are intensely seeking we will be separating ourselves.  It is a principle that is here applied directly to seeking wisdom but has application to practically every area of the believer's life.

If we desire, seek, and intermeddleth with all holiness from what will we be separated?

If we desire, seek, and intermeddleth with all truth from what will we be separated?

If we desire, seek, and intermeddleth with all charity from what will we be be separated?

If we desire, seek, and intermeddleth with all faith from what will we be separated?

If we desire, seek, and intermeddleth with all joy from what will we be separated?

If we desire, seek, and intermeddleth with all sincerity from what will we be separated?

Remember, the Scripture declares "Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all" _______________??
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