May 12, Reading 2 – Proverbs 20:1-21:11

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SAA Notes

Verse 6 reminds us that deeds not words of self-promotion should govern our assessment of others. This present century is one where self-promotion is expected and encouraged.

SJA Notes

Today we read another passage of Proverbs that gives us many nuggets of gold.

Solomon mentions the utter folly of cheating other people (v10, 17, 23, 21 v6). In fact v10 and 23 are almost identical, repeated to give proper weight and import. GOD ABHORES THE CHEATING OF PEOPLE.

And coupled with that is v22, “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.”

Paul knew this proverb when he exhorts us in Romans 12, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”

Here Paul is quoting from Deut 32.

V35 says, “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.”

V41 says, “I will take vengeance on my adversaries and will repay those who hate me.”

V43 says, “… For he avenges the blood of his children and takes vengeance on his adversaries.”

These two proverbs mixed together point us to an important truth to wrestle with.

Our sense of right-ness and justice should never lead us to revenge on people who do us or our loved ones ill.

It must be the hardest thing in the world to forgive a person who takes the life of a loved one. To leave vengeance in the hands of the Lord.

But HE is the living God. He is HOLY and JUST. He does not slumber and keeps watch over His flock. This is the God who will return as King, the rider on the white horse (Rev 19), treading the winepress of His own fury.

This is our God.

Almighty Father – Please work righteousness in us, that we would abhor what You abhor. Make us wise in Your wisdom. And Lord, when we are wronged, let us seek You out instead of vengeance. Let us find refuge and peace in You, God of mercy and grace. Thank You that we can do this through Jesus.

Amen.

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