“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord,…The Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty,…:(vv.10-12)
In the Parable of the Foolish Steward(Lk.12:36-48) his downfall came because he had no regard for his stewardship.neither did he reckon the times. He might have had a great CV and many accomplishment but in the only thing his master had required he failed. Unless he performs and satisfies his master’s requirements everything else is besides the point. He shall be condemned as foolish servant and punished. In the Book of Proverbs we read what he does to those who fail him. “When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes (Pro.20:8-NIV)”. In verse 26 of the same chapter we are told that he shall run a threshing wheel and remove the good from chaff. Those who minister the flock in a church are warned to keep their lights burning and loins girded about(Lk.12:35). He who is not with him scatters and shall be judged as unprofitable servant.(Lk.11:23). As with ministers so are the Christians and they are to shine as lights among the ungodly and disbelieving. Those who are found unprofitable shall have their portion with the wicked. In another passage they are cast into outer darkness. Parable of the Great Harvest warns of such separation. With all these warning given to us when man is determined to do evil it means he has no fear for the word of God, no regard for the glory of God.
Enter into the rock could have two meanings. Jesus Christ as the spiritual rock and the Rock cleft for you and me. ‘Seek God while he may be yet found’ is one meaning and in the second sense it is how the evil on the day of wrath shall foolishly try to escape from the wrath of God.In the Book of the Revelation we have a descriptive passage of the Day of the Lord (Re.6:14-17)The proud and the lofty shall say to the mountains on that day,”Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne (v.16)”
“And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,… And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures (vv.13-16).
Prophet Isaiah compares pride of man to cedars of Lebanon or the oaks of Bashan. Similarly we might pick out many examples illustrating synonyms for man’s proud achievements. Titanic and the twin towers of New York were a few examples but they are also equally indicative of his folly. Who but a fool would think his wisdom can preserve him from the divine wrath? The tower of Babel is a prime example and in defying another deluge he would rather establish his own glory and in attempting to reach high into heavens we can understand they would neither humble themselves before Him nor give glory to Him. The prophet makes clear, ‘the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day (v.17).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Ps.110:10). From the above example of the tower we have seen how pride of man deceives him. Fear of the Lord comes from love for him one cultivates by studying the word of God. Children of God become wise so the corruption of the world including death cannot touch them really. What can death do when God’s protective hands shall set them in eternal sunshine? Their fear earns the such dividends nothing the world can duplicate. Folly of man on the other hand is based upon his own conception of wisdom. It is human wisdom that is corrupt for the simple reason that it sets man contrary to God. Wisdom from above is characterized by humility. In the epistle of James it is meekness of wisdom which is ‘pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits…(Jas.3:11-18).’
Wisdom from above is peaceable and its meekness preserves all from meddling in matters which do not concern them. Their strength is derived from the promises of God. When God has promised to receives us unto himself do we bother with those who swagger and give themselves airs? “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?(v.22)