13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Scorn and Respect
There is a danger in avoiding responsibility and not listening to a warning.
Are you aware that we are each responsible for all of our decisions? Are you aware that every choice has a consequence?
The NIV states this verse thusly: He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects command is rewarded.
If you are told not to do something, and you do it anyway, you will pay for it. If you are told to do something and you do not do it, you will pay for it. Whether it be having an upset stomach for eating too many sweets before dinner, losing a friend for breaking trust, going to jail or prison, or losing your life, being told not to do something and doing it will cost you. It may not happen immediately (Think about heartburn! It comes hours after you ate that chili-cheese hot dog with hot sauce, not immediately!)
However, if you show respect and heed what you have been told, you will be paid back for that trust. Whether that comes through enjoying a great meal, growing closer to a friend, staying out of trouble, or having great health and/or wealth, it will go well with you in life.
Sometimes the consequences come later … much later.
I like the King James Version for the implication that comes through.
God has sent us commands by which to live. We all failed at keeping them perfectly.
God sent His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah and the Word of God, to keep those commands perfectly and then suffer the ultimate price for our failure. In doing so, the commands are summed up in two simple commands:
- Love others!
- Love God … by loving others and believing that Jesus died that you may live.
If we “scorn instruction” and “despiseth the word” of God, we have the promise that we will be destroyed. While there is debate on what this means, there is a guarantee that it is not pleasant nor desirable (Revelation 20:14-15).
However, if we respect and fear God’s commands, we will be rewarded with eternal life and peace with God (Galatians 6:8).
Gracious God, forgive us for despising Your word and commands. Give us the grace and power to overcome our sinful desires and follow You. Help us to love others for Your glory.