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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Practical Life Principles: Sin Brings Misery (4): Proverbs 21:15-18

15) [It is] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.

16) The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

17) He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

18) The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 

 

Solomon continues to emphasize the end result of sin in our lives…. misery

 

EXPOSITION:

15) [It is] joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.

Sin results in terror and ruin…

1.  For those who seek to submit to the laws of God, to treat others properly and fairly brings great gladness.

2.  For those who habitually practice lawlessness, instead of joy, only terror and ruin await them.

For those who desire to obey the Lord, when they treat others as they should, it gives them great joy knowing they are fulfilling God’s will for their lives.  But those whose lifestyle is one of abuse and selfishness, they will miss out on many temporal blessings and will face eternal destruction at the hands of a just God.

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.”   (Psalms 112:1)

 

16) The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Consistent foolishness is an outward symptom of inward spiritual death…

When a man continues to stagger apart from the path of spiritual discernment, he will continue to be spiritually blinded and dead.

It is only when a man gains spiritual discernment, seeing his spiritual need that he will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

 (2 Peter 2:21-22)

 

17) He that loveth pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Living life for worldly pleasures will bring to poverty…

1.  The person that places their affections upon satisfying their fleshly desires will find themselves spiritually wanting and impoverished

2.  The person that places their affections on the possessing wine and oil will not be spiritually prosperous.

When a person lives their lives in the pursuit of fleshly fulfillment and worldly pleasures and luxuries, they will not benefit spiritually, but will find themselves spiritually destitute.

And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”   (Luke 15:13-16)

 

18) The wicked [shall be] a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

Sin results in retribution in like kind…

1.  The lawless man shall be the price of redemption for the lawful.

2.  The deceitful, who “step across the line” (go beyond the limits God has set for them), will become a ransom for those who are in alignment with the desires of God for their lives.

(This verse is teaching us that many times, the wicked will receive the punishment that they had intended for the righteous.  In other words, the wicked are punished with the same ill-treatment they have shown to the righteous. Note the example of Haman who, when he was hung on the gallows meant for Mordecai, became the ransom for Mordecai. (Esther 7:9-10).   Also, the accusers of Daniel who were cast in the den of lions, replacing Daniel Dan 6:23-24)

The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.”   (Proverbs 11:8)

SUMMARY:

The miseries that come from sin our lives include:

1.  When we are lax in our spiritual responsibilities, we can expect to face spiritual loss and discontentment.

2.  Anyone seeking earthly riches through the use of deceit, is pursuing that which will bring loss and ruin to himself.

3.  When the wicked choose to ignore the testimony of their conscience, they will be brought to ruin and uselessness.

4.  The nature of the wicked leads them to perform acts that are detested by God and man.

5.  An argumentative, critical attitude hinders intimacy with others by taking away joy and other benefits of fellowship and intimacy.

6.  A lifestyle that pursues sin will cause others to look upon us as hateful, merciless and harmful.

7.  When truth is rejected, it results in judgment at the hands of the Lord, the Author of all truth.

8.  God will dominate and ruin the wicked because of their rebellious lifestyle.

9.  He who refuses to hear the pleas for help from those who are in need, will find his pleas for help ignored.

10. Anger, when not treated with an attitude of grace, will allow anger and a hot, flaring temper to continue.

11. Sin results in terror and ruin

12. Consistent foolishness is an outward symptom of inward spiritual death

13. Living life for worldly pleasures will bring to poverty

14. Sin results in retribution in like kind

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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13 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Thank you Rob, so much

  2. Scott Sholar says:

    Rob, one of my professors in seminary stated that, “sin is nothing.” If that is the case, Jesus died for “nothing.” Sin is, indeed, a big something! Maybe someday he will realize that he was terribly wrong.

  3. AMEN… 2 Gold coins for this one! Reblogging with Peace!

  4. Reblogged this on talkativeangel and commented:
    Sin Brings Misery- Pastor Rob’s

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for another reminder of the consequences of sin

  6. >> “The miseries that come from sin in our lives” . . . so true! I think we could say that ALL the miseries we experience come because of sin.

    Being a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God doesn’t mean we will never have problems, but we are guaranteed that He is with us *IN* all our troubles, and that we are more than conquerors in Him.

    What an incredibly amazing and trustworthy God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      You are exactly right, every misery directly or indirectly comes from sin. Even the trials of life that come directly from nature…. floods, earthquakes etc. are indirectly caused by sin. After all, if sin did not exist then these trials from nature would not exist either. Very good point! Thanks for the comments Angela. Lord bless you and Myles.

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