Proverbs 30:11-14, There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Believe it or not this passage ought to bring peace to your heart.
Peace instead of turmoil if you are upset because of what you see happening in the human race.
We are so prone to think that the generation in which we fit is a new thing.
We are so prone to think poorly of our generation or to think highly of past generations.
We sometimes can be blamed for being in the same camp as the evolutionists except we think that instead of evolving we are devolving.
Evolutionists think that man is getting better and we think that man is getting worse.
One position is as much in error as the other.
Thinking that man is getting better assumes that man was less than what he is now.
Thinking that man is getting worse assumes that man was better than he now is.
Both positions are not Biblical as we see in this Proverbs passage.
Solomon also wrote in Ecclesiastics 1:9, The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
This wisdom from Solomon is the Biblical position.
Man is not improving Man is not getting worse.
Man is a fallen creature and man's heart is as corrupt today as it ever was.
Man is dead in trespasses and sins.
He is not somewhat alive or more dead than he was thousands of years ago.
He is plum dead today in trespasses and sin and he was always plum dead from the moment he sinned against a rightness God.
There has been no evolution in the sense of an upward way and there has been no devolution in the sense of a downward way.
A man's heart and its corruption is the same as in the past.
It's desires, what it pursues, its murmurings, and complaints are still the same.
There is no redeeming value and no expected upturn or improvement to seek after in the human condition.
That is why we are to seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
We are not to have one hand on the world and the other hand reaching for God.
We are not to place our anchor into this Earth expecting an improved human condition but we are by faith to believe what God says about the un-correctibility of the human heart!
This passage in Proverbs describes a repetitive phenomenon.
It describes four generations that belong to every age.
They have been in existence on this earth since the fall in the Garden of Eden and they will be to the end of time.
Guaranteed! Why is this?
Because man has not the cure for the depravity of the human heart.
Man has no gene interrupter to change the seed that passes through the generations from our Father Adam.
Man has no power to change the human heart or to change what comes from the human heart.
Man does not believe this and continues to make every effort to correct that which God says is totally beyond the capability a fallen creature.
Hence status quo as far as man is concerned.
There is nothing new under the sun.
No evolution and no devolution as far as the heart of man goes.
For the believer to be upended and distressed about what he sees and to think more highly of man than he ought is to not believe the biblical position of the depravity of man's heart.
Get on board the Bible track!
Your thinking train is derailed or is going down a sidetrack.
Get your thinking conformed to the word of God in this matter.
Isn't this what it means to be conformed to the image of his Son?
Isn't our thinking about things to be that same thinking as Jesus Christ?
Then we ought to think biblically and not be derailed when we see the fruit of sin and the openness of sin by people who know not God.
The only difference from culture to culture is how good at covering up or coating the evil of the heart one culture is versus another culture.
That is the human condition and it will always be the human condition unless God does a work of grace and imparts a new heart in the man.
God enforces this truth by placing this passage in the book of Proverbs and revealing to us four classes of men who are ever with us.
It is as though God wants us never to forget the condition of the heart.
He insures that these generations are forever with us to remind us that the human condition is the same today, yesterday and forever without his creative power exercised in the new birth.
It is a continuous verification of the scripture in Jeremiah that tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.
It does not say that the heart is becoming deceitful and is becoming desperately wicked.
It means the heart is, the heart is, the heart is! always present tense!
The generation or class of men that curses their father and does not bless their mother confirms Jeremiah's evaluation of the heart.
Agur in this very chapter of Proverbs marks this offense as one worthy of harsh judgment.