Thursday, June 23, 2011

Proverbs 21:12; Consider the house of the wicked

12 ¶ The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

Clear and simple, a wise man considers what the wicked man has acquired, knowing that God will destroy them for their wickedness. The news showed us that the infamous criminal and murderer “Whitey” Bulger was captured after 16 years on the run. He was in his 80’s. If he has the capacity for self reflection and many sociopaths don’t, the capacity for self pity, yes, but not for self examination, then he must be wondering what happened to all of his big plans. There are men in our own government and men in the banks and international corporations that run the government that are no better than Bulger. They just had an ‘Ivy League’ education and opportunity to steal and murder in a legal way, sometimes wrapping their crimes in patriotism for our deception. It’s hard for us to patiently wait for their overthrow.

The writers of the Bible often spoke of this frustration we have over the temporary triumph of wickedness.

Job 12:6 ¶ The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore (why) doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

Psalm 10:13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

We often wonder why the wicked men in America seem to get a pass for such a long time. And there is a very good answer for that. The wicked men get by here because we exalt them. We praise them. We elect them or throw our money at their music, acting endeavors, or writings. We place our money under their control, in their banks, and seek employment from them, hoping to have a little of their “success” trickle down to us, or just looking for a better ride through life. Yet, we complain about helping the poor or the elderly as not being our responsibility.

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

While we complain about our economy or the drop in our standard of living should we not also consider the house of the wicked, that were we not such willing sheep that house would not stand? Do you remember when poor, elderly people, mentally ill people, teachers, contractors, government employees, firemen, policemen, and just plain poor folks crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401K savings, took trillions in taxpayer funded bailouts, polluted the Gulf of Mexico with thousands of gallons of oil, gave themselves millions in bonuses, paid no taxes, started two, maybe three wars that cost a trillion and more, manipulated our currency, printed phoney money that made our working for a living more and more futile, and lied to get us into wars? I don’t either.

Consider the house of the wicked. Don’t be too worried. God’s judgment is coming and, is, in fact, already on us. You’ll have to share in it because you went along with their evil deeds like the shill in a 3 card monte game or you temporarily benefited while they robbed other’s blind. But, then it was your turn. So, hang on. It’s going to be a wild ride.

You have only one hope. Believe, believe on, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, because when this life is over, without Christ, its only going to get much worse for these people and their citizen auxiliary, which is you.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

It’s a very simple plan God has laid out for wicked humanity but the stakes are very high. This world system is under the operative control of Satan, the devil, our enemy (2 Corinthians 4:4). God came in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ to destroy Satan’s works (1 John 3:8) and to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), to give his human life a ransom for many (Exodus 30:12 with Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45).

So, consider the house of the wicked. Then think on your house.

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Trust in Christ’s righteousness to get you to heaven and don’t trust in anything else but Him (Ephesians 1:12; Acts 4:12). He’ll send His Spirit to live inside of your body making your spirit alive and leading you (John 14:23). You speak to Him in prayer (Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17) and He’ll speak to you through His words in the Bible (Isaiah 55:11; Joshua 1:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2Timothy 3:16). He’ll change you (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26) and prepare you to one day leave the physical world either when the church is removed (1Thessalonians 4:14-17) or at the death of your flesh (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Judgment of this present evil world (Galatians 1:4), this house of the wicked, is coming. Are you ready?

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