May 19, Reading 2 – Proverbs 28

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SAA Notes

Think about Biblical characters and these verses: eg Moses and Pharaoh, Joshua and Achan. Biblical proverbs aim at giving knowledge beyond personal experience, at extending your understanding of people and situations, of feeding a hunger for wisdom in your heart!

SJA Notes

“When the wicked rise, people hide themselves.”

How true this is! How we see it today in the world around us.

And linked tightly with this for us today are these verses, “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,” and “Evil men do not understand justice,”.

How true this is!

Think about how we are told that evil is good, and that good is evil.

The folly of forsaking the law is clear. Solomon gets right to it.

When we see the rise of wickedness, we will see barracking and praise from those who have forsaken the law.

Think of our world today, those who break down and remove the laws founded on biblical principles. They want us to believe they are doing good, but it is clear that they are actually praising the wicked, and too, that they don’t understand true justice.

How wonderful though are the counterpoints to these truths.

“When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,”

“… But when they [the wicked] perish, the righteous increase.”

“… But those who keep the law strive against them [the wicked].”

“… But those who seek the LORD understand it [justice] completely.”

These are really wonderful juicy truths that we can chew over, never growing plain or dull in our minds.

We are to strive against the wicked when they rise! Wisdom teaches us what God’s justice, true justice, really is!

And as we’ve seen previously, when we triumph there is much good! Blessing! Glory!

Praise God for His word that feeds us these truths.

Praise God for Jesus, His word become flesh, who speaks to us these truths and saves us from being the wicked, into His righteousness.

* Blessed Father, Saviour, Redeemer, King and Lord. Please cause the wicked in our world to be pulled down that You might increase, and so we will. Please bring low those that would forsake the law.

And in all things, we give You great thanks for Jesus, our righteousness, the lamb slain from before the foundation of the world.

We thank You that in Him we can know justice. That in Him we can increase. That in Him we can strive against evil and the wicked.

Amen.

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