Thursday, April 29, 2010

If sinners entice you, do not consent

Pro 1:10  My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 

I started Proverbs again yesterday, going verse by verse.  I'd always just skimmed the first part, I admit, waiting to get to the chapters with all the good stuff...

Pro 1:11-14  If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent; like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit: we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil; throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse"-- 

Greed is the sin here.  They are wanting to attack the innocent so they can have more stuff in their houses.  The desire for more and more goods can lead people into acts they might otherwise not do, and the undue desire for wealth is sin.  

1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.

Pro 1:15-16  my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths; for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 

Do not enter the road with them, even for a moment.  They will go to evil with such haste that they may drag you with them, or you'll turn into a victim.  Greedy people are not picky about their victims.

I'm playing a video game on Facebook that allows you to "attack" other players' countries.  You get experience points and a portion of their money.  This is just a game so I'm not sinning, but the behavior pattern is still there.  I don't care who they are if they have a lot of money - I want it.  And I'll attack them over and over again until I get it all.  Greedy people do this in real life and are indifferent to the welfare of others.

Pro 1:17-19  For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird; but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives. Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.

There are multiple ways to take it, but on my reading today I thought that none can lay a trap that God will not see.  Following God's wisdom then, we can also avoid these traps.  It is in vain they set them against God and His people.

They set an ambush for their own lives in that since God can see them, their evil will not go unpunished.  Perhaps in this life they won't come to immediate death, but certainly the life of a thief can't be pleasant.  Always wondering if you'll get caught or sent to jail.  If you're just greedy and in no threat of jail, your life is still miserable because the things you desire can't give true happiness.  And then of course life in the eternal sense is going to be vastly different for those who do not repent.

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