12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. -Proverbs 6:12-15, KJV
For anyone who may want to say that the Hebrew scriptures, our Old Testament, is not valid anymore, look at what Paul wrote:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
This sounds a lot like what Solomon wrote in today’s passage! Nearly identical, really.
And look at what we have been discussing for the past two weeks. Paul summed it up rather succinctly.
While it is easy to stay relatively negative – that our world is full of “naughty … wicked … froward” people – and that we may be guilty of such things ourselves, Paul continues with this:
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Thanks be to God that, though we live in a fallen world and are ourselves messed up, Jesus has made a way and cleaned us of our sin, has given us the promise of the inheritance He shares with His own, adopted through His blood.
May 11th, 2018 at 5:42 pm
Well said. Great insight. Very good news “Jesus has made a way and cleaned us of our sin”
May 12th, 2018 at 5:48 pm
You know else hits me when I read your post? It’s the fact that behavioral standards are not as relative as we’d like to think them….hmmm….
May 12th, 2018 at 8:49 pm
Funny, that, eh? At least we can fall back on passages such as these, and in connection with Romans 1 it should help us see that there is a standard and also push us to show grace and understanding. But not hold back the truth.
May 24th, 2018 at 9:20 pm
I appreciate your article and enjoyed reading it.