Thursday, September 1, 2011

Proverbs 24:19-20 commentary; God settles all accounts

19 ¶ Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; 20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

We’ve been told before not to envy wicked people. Here, we are told not to worry and fret ourselves because of them. The prophets often would question God as to why the evil were allowed to prosper so long.

Even Job himself laments;

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

Jeremiah also complains;

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?

We have the past evidence in the Bible that God does eventually settle accounts with the wicked person; whether it be a robber or a wicked king or even a rebellious nation. You can be sure, in our day, that He will eventually settle accounts with crooked, cynical politicians, merchants of war, and the occasional Wall Street investment banker, as well.

God settled accounts with Germany for over a century of what is called “Higher Criticism” of the Bible which was thinly disguised contempt and unbelief. He settled accounts with the British Empire for trashing His Bible, for starving tens of millions of people in India to death while the grain stocks of England were filled, and for turning its back on the Jews after promising them a homeland. It is said that World War One prepared the land for the Jew and World War Two prepared the Jew for the land. Man does the work, thinking he is running things, but God brings His plans about often through men. Even Abraham Lincoln admitted the Civil War was a judgment on the entire nation for the sin of slavery.

God settles accounts but, remember, we are not to gloat over the fall of the wicked. God has already warned us about that. And what about you? Will God settle accounts with you? Or will you receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? God is in the process of settling accounts with this wicked Babylon of America even as we speak. When will He settle accounts with you? Now is the time to believe and be saved. Otherwise;

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

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