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

 

Cultivate Godly Attitudes: Justice Not Abuse: Proverbs 24:15-18

15) Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16) For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18) Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Solomon now shares with us teachings on the need to cultivate Godly attitudes…

 

EXPOSITION:

Here, we will see the need to treat others justly, being on guard against abusing others…

15) Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
Solomon now gives a solemn warning against the abuse of God’s people…
1.  Morally crooked one, do not set an ambush to destroy the home of the lawful ones
2.  and do not overtake by force the place where God’s people find peace and security.

Those who are lawless seek to abuse the people of God.  They do this by catching them off guard, destroying their family, possessions, shelter, peace and security.  All of this is done for the personal gain of the wicked and to hinder the Godly’s walk with Christ.

Why do the lawless, many times, make the righteous the target of their abuse?  For many, it is because, the Godly walk of the righteous are a constant source of guilt upon the ungody.  This takes place as the Lord uses the testimony of the righteous to convict the lost of their sinful actions and condition.

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.”   (Psalms 37:30-33)

 

16) For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
1.  Those aligned with the law of God may hindered and cast down seven times (a perfect number of times) yet the Lord continues to bless them and give them the ability to continue on.
2.  But the wicked will live a lifestyle of wrongdoing and abuse which will result in their permanent downfall.

Although the Godly will suffer persecution, they will find renewal and eventual success in their service to Christ.  In comparison a lost man may be temporarily successful in their abuse of others, but will eventually face ruin.

The eyes of the LORD [are] upon the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their cry.  The face of the LORD [is] against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.  Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.   The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”   (Psalms 34:15-22)

 

17) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
1.  Do not make fun of your opposition when they are brought down
2.  Do not desire your enemy’s defeat, nor be glad when he grows faint and falls.

The Lord desires for His people to be compassionate, forgiving and merciful towards others.  To actively desire our enemies defeat is showing a lack of all of these.   We should be grieved to see the spiritual condition of our enemies and seek his salvation and the divine forgiveness of his sins.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?   And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?”  (Matthew 5:43-47)

18) Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
When we show an unmerciful attitude towards our enemies, when the Lord regards it …
1.  it vexes Him to look upon it,
2.  and the Lord will remove His hand of judgment from upon the wicked.

Note:  In response to a saint’s unmerciful attitude, why would the Lord remove His hand of judgment from upon the enemies that oppose us?  It could possibly be a part of His chastening upon His people.  By allowing the wicked to prosper once again, the Lord is opening the door for the continuing abuse of the unforgiving child of God.   This would be a very fitting type of chastening as the unforgiving saint must now face the continuing mistreatment from his opposition.

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.”  (Proverbs 17:5)

 

SUMMARY:

Although those who are lost, will in some cases, seek to harm the followers of Christ.  The people of God are to show them kindness, graciousness and forgiveness.  We can rest assured that the Lord will make all things right.  When we see Him working in the lives of the wicked, we are to not find joy in His hand of punishment upon them.   When we do, it is very possible He will remove His hand from upon them and, as a form of chastening, allow them to continue their abuse of us.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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14 Comments

  1. How true, how true! Such a good lesson for all to hear, thank you Pastor Rob. Bless you!

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    This passage spoke to me about our attitude towards those whom God punishes.

  3. Great post! Especially the part about our need to be compassionate and kind to those who persecute us. That verse is a good warning to us to treat our enemies how we want to be treated, not returning evil upon them. 🙂

  4. The light and love of Christ shines from us when we respond to adversity or conflict in His leading and empowering. When we respond of our own selves, it has the opposite effect. May we always allow Him to be in control at all times – so that others may see the reality of life in Christ.

  5. benabu says:

    This is a good post I was having this issue which caught me off guard. The enemy took me for a run, but thank God for his love I was able to come out of this darkness. See my post http://www.miepost.com/blogs/topics/forgiveness-great-test/

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