Bowie Apostolic Church
Proverbs Day 12
Posted on January 15th, 2013

Intimidation

Prov 28:3 A poor man who oppresses the lowly
Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. (NASU)
This proverb is revealing something that has been far too common in society for millennia. That is, desperate people who oppress others who are in the same situation. Perhaps we are not so familiar with this type of behavior specifically, but it does speak to a larger and more relevant context of intimidation.

In the specific case outlined in scripture, it is easy to see how the poor and the lowly are in the same situation. Seeing that they both are in the same situation, it would be better to work together and help one another. By intimidating his own, he is losing a potential source of help from his brother in struggle. The bottom line is that no one wins with intimidation. In the context of the scripture, the rain that could have helped bring forth a good crop was so oppressive that it ruined the harvest. The oppressive and intimidating man is the same way. Instead of helping, he is hurting.

Intimidation (whether you are giving it or receiving it) is based upon self perception. If you see yourself as small, depending on who you are you will either agree with being treated as if you were small or treating others as if they are small. Both of these are not the will of God.

Paul told Timothy “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)” Fear in this context translates the word timidity. The bible is therefore saying that not only are we not to intimidate others, we are not to have a timid spirit. If we see ourselves as mighty through God, we will not have the need to either intimidate or feel intimidated.


Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with timidity, intimidation


3 Comments

Member2 - January 15th, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Wow, I never saw the 'timid' in the word 'intimidate' until I read this. Profound.
Betty - January 15th, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Amen, Amen!!!
Sis. Mae - July 12th, 2013 at 10:51 PM
And there we saw the giants...: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight (Num. 13:30-33).

Like Israel, I can be intimidated. ...Intimidated by: bureaucracy, religious systems, technology, circumstances, housework, homework...

BUT!!! Every doubt that I face in a moment goes away, when I get IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD! ...When I bring my heart and mind into alignment with His Perception and Perspective.

I think true fear of God leads to respect of His creatures (self & others). Intentional intimidation is soo disrespectful (Phil. 2:3).

COMPLETE: Prov. 12:__; The way of a fool is right in his own eyes:...
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