Proverbs 11 8-11-19

Cause and Effect, the stuff of science. God created it. It makes sense that He would abide by it. Thank You for the Cross!

(21) Be sure of this: The wicked [those who chose to follow a different master than the LORD] will not go unpunished [be exempt from punishment], but those who are righteous will go free [enjoy freedom].

The Hebrew term for “unpunished” has several meanings:

  1. (Qal) to be empty, be clean, be pure

  2. (Niphal)

    1. to be cleaned out, be purged out

    2. to be clean, be free from guilt, be innocent

    3. to be free, be exempt from punishment

    4. to be free, be exempt from obligation

  3. (Piel)

    1. to hold innocent, acquit

    2. to leave unpunished

The main gist is that a person who choses a master other than the LORD cannot be made pure as long as he follows the other master. THERE IS ONLY ONE OTHER MASTER: SATAN, and the love of money is his favorite bait. See 1 Timothy 6:10, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and [the god of] money [mammon, riches (where it is personified and opposed to God), avarice, greed]. Matthew 6:24

When we step away from God’s will, from His commands, from His very voice, THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES. It’s the design of nature: Cause and Effect.

Rather than go against His own natural design, God built in a way to receive the consequences of our sin on Himself. He came to earth HIMSELF as Jesus and died in our place. Why didn’t He just forgive us? Because we belonged to another master, Satan, whose strong-arm was (and still is) DEATH. Unless a person willingly chooses Jesus as his new Master, he remains enslaved and must suffer the consequences of his own sin. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what Jesus did for us:

Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Those who hold this passage dear to their hearts have reason to celebrate, which is why we go to church and praise His name. We worship Him as we respond to His love and mercy and grace. Let’s go this morning with grateful hearts!

Abba, thank You for all You have done for us. In Your foreknowledge, You SAVED us! Thank You, Jesus, for dying for us before the foundation of the world was ever laid (Rev. 12:8). Thank You for planting the tree(s) from which was made your cross, and for creating iron from which Your nails were made. You had us in mind all along. I AM GRATEFUL. My heart is full of love, Abba, and confidence as I stand before You today. Thank You for bearing my consequences and, instead of death, giving me eternal life in Your presence as Your child and fellow heir with Jesus. I will sing for all I am worth–because of Your blood–today! Amen.

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