Scriptures

Proverbs 28

Introduction

‘The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.’ Proverbs 28:1

Plenty Of Nothing

Why would the wicked flee even though no one is after them? Guilt! Fear of God’s wrath! How can the righteous bold?

Even when external danger really threatens, they are bold and courageous like a young lion, because their strength is in God, Ephesians 6:10. Think of Paul and his boldness when he stood firm in front of those who wanted to kill him Acts 22:30-23:35.

‘When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.’ Proverbs 28:2

When I read this verse, the phrase, ‘too many chiefs and not enough Indians’, comes to mind. When the land is in trouble, its rulers will not last long. We need godly people to preserve the kingdom.

Jeremiah sought for a righteous man and because he could not find one the kingdom was destroyed, Jeremiah 5:1-6. King after king was murdered or killed because they wouldn’t listen to God, 2 Kings 15:8-15.

‘A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.’ Proverbs 28:3

Floods were frequent in the east, sometimes flocks, crops and houses were carried away with them. those in positions of authority must be careful, Matthew 18:28.

‘Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them. Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.’ Proverbs 28:4-5

The idea here is that if it feels good, do it. If it is right for us, it is good. Usually those who accept this philosophy are lawbreakers. God is just, He can’t simply overlook our sins. We should know what justice means, this is also true in spiritual matters, 1 John. 2:20 / 1 John 2:27. They know the truth.

‘Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.’ Proverbs 28:6

Solomon is simply saying that wholeness of character is better than money.

‘A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father. Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.’ Proverbs 28:7-9

Would it make any difference if this person were a member of the church? Of course not. What’s the point in praying for forgiveness if we intend to deliberately sin again! Not even Moses’ prayer could be answered when it was against God’s law, Numbers 12:13.

‘Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance. The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are. When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.’ Proverbs 28:10-12

We need to be careful that we practice what we preach, all us have choices, but some Christians have no choice. Under communism for example, wicked men force Christians to worship in secret.

‘Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.’ Proverbs 28:13

Merely admitting we are sinful is not worth anything! There’s nothing wrong with admitting we have done something wrong as long as we learn from it, James 5:16 / 1 John 1:9.

‘Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.’ Proverbs 28:14-16

Its more blessed to have God as our ruler than it is to have a tyrannical cruel leader, who desires unjust gain, that is covetousness, Luke 12:15.

‘Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.’ Proverbs 28:17

Nero killed so many close friends and relatives that he did not have anyone left to trust. Let the law set the penalty and then enforce it, i.e. death penalty. If someone won’t repent of their ways, they will die in their sins, Luke 13:3 / Acts 2:28.

‘The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit. Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.’ Proverbs 28:18-20

Here we read about having plenty of nothing. The blessings mentioned are both physical, Mark 10:30, and spiritual, Revelation 2:10. If we’re in a hurry to be rich, not only is it foolish, it is also sinful, Luke 18:18-23.

‘To show partiality is not good—yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread. The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them. Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favour rather than one who has a flattering tongue. Whoever robs their father or mother and says, ‘It’s not wrong,’ is partner to one who destroys.’ Proverbs 28:21-24

So often we do not feel the responsibility for the money borrowed from a relative, but a debt is a debt and we need to pay it.

‘The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper. Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.’ Proverbs 28:25-26

The Bible does not endorse the saying, ‘let your conscience be your guide’. If a conscience were biblically trained then it would properly guide us. Those who are self-reliant need to be very careful, Jeremiah 17:9.

‘Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.’ Proverbs 28:27-28

Jesus didn’t have a problem meeting with the poor and neither should we. The righteous will always come out on top.

‘He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ Luke 4:16-19

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

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