Proverbs Chapter 28


So, two things: 1. I have never guest posted before, so I’m pretty nervous about this and 2. I’ve never provided commentary on scripture before, so I’m more  nervous.  But, nevertheless, here we go.  Plus I’m on vacation in Alabama while this is being posted so I won’t have to hear too much until I get back!  I’m just going to go down verse by verse or maybe a section at a time and give you my thoughts.  As a whole this chapter is extremely relevant to our culture right now and, as most Proverbs and all scripture, it is very valid and applicable to our lives.  So, let’s dig in…..

If You Desert God’s Law

1 The wicked are edgy with guilt, ready to run off even when no one’s after them; Honest people are relaxed and confident, bold as lions. 
So this is so true….how many people do we know or that we’ve seen in the media lately that has been shifty and on edge because of guilt and immediately resign from office or seclude themselves from public view because of an indiscretion? When someone guilty they are always looking over their shoulder and on edge because they’re afraid they’re going to be found out, but when we are honest and trustworthy, we have nothing to worry about and can stand boldly for what is right and true, which is something that needs to be done so badly right now.

2 When the country is in chaos,  everybody has a plan to fix it—But it takes a leader of real understanding
to straighten things out.

Wow….could there be a verse more relevant right now?  I’m not going to be political because it could be said for every administration or person in power, but right now with everything that is going on with the economy, the government, war, etc. everybody and their brother has a plan to fix it.  Just like this scripture says, it takes a leader with real understand, and I would add, wisdom that can only come from God, to straighten everything out and make it right again.

3 The wicked who oppress the poor are like a hailstorm that beats down the harvest.4 If you desert God’s law, you’re free to embrace depravity;   if you love God’s law, you fight for it tooth and nail.
5 Justice makes no sense to the evil-minded; those who seek God know it inside and out.
I put these together for this reason.  God’s law encompasses so many things, but Jesus said that it could be summed up in two things….Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.  The poor and vulnerable are always going to be oppressed by the wicked, and they will come down on them hard, but if we love God’s law we will fight for them tooth and nail because we will love them with the heart of God and want to free them from their oppression.  Not with a government program, but with the life-giving power of Jesus and that is the only thing that will bring justice.
6 It’s better to be poor and direct than rich and crooked.7 Practice God’s law—get a reputation for wisdom; hang out with a loose crowd—embarrass your family.

8 Get as rich as you want through cheating and extortion, But eventually some friend of the poor
is going to give it all back to them.

So here you go – hang out with a loose crowd and get rich and be crooked and you will embarrass your family and all your money will be given back to the poor.  You will die and it will stay and you will not  have any legacy left but a crooked man/woman who embarrassed their family.
9 God has no use for the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him. 
Ouch….that one cuts deep.  Just leave it at that…ouch.
10 Lead good people down a wrong path and you’ll come to a bad end; do good and you’ll be rewarded for it. 
This is a great warning for leaders.  Be careful of where and how you lead people because you will be held accountable for the path you take them down.
11 The rich think they know it all, but the poor can see right through them. 
How true is this one?  Having been on a few missions trips to 3rd world countries and even helping out in soup kitchens, those you are serving can see through your intentions.  You can feel good about yourself and like you are enriching the lives of those you are helping, but if you are not there for the right reasons you’re not fooling anyone.
12 When good people are promoted, everything is great, but when the bad are in charge, watch out!13 You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them. 
BAM! How do you like that? You can fake having it together and try to make it look like good on the outside, but you’re slowly dying on the inside.  I love the phrase “find mercy by admitting AND leaving them”.  When we are open and transparent about our sins and choose to walk away we find mercy, forgiveness, freedom.  That’s a whole other blog post…..I’ll put that in Evernote.

14 A tender-hearted person lives a blessed life; a hard-hearted person lives a hard life.
15 Lions roar and bears charge— and the wicked lord it over the poor.16 Among leaders who lack insight, abuse abounds, but for one who hates corruption, the future is bright.

17 A murderer haunted by guilt is doomed—there’s no helping him.

18 Walk straight—live well and be saved; a devious life is a doomed life. Doing Great Harm in Seemingly Harmless Ways

19 Work your garden—you’ll end up with plenty of food; play and party—you’ll end up with an empty plate.

20 Committed and persistent work pays off; get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.

21 Playing favorites is always a bad thing; you can do great harm in seemingly harmless ways.

22 A miser in a hurry to get rich doesn’t know that he’ll end up broke.

23 In the end, serious reprimand is appreciated far more than bootlicking flattery.

24 Anyone who robs father and mother and says, “So, what’s wrong with that?” is worse than a pirate. 
Worse than a pirate? Maybe not Jack Sparrow, but that’s pretty bad if you’re worse than a pirate.  To be worse than someone who plunders, steals, robs, and destroys.

25 A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in God brings a sense of well-being.26 If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others. 
This is one thing that I think I have learned the most in my life.  My struggles and hard times are not new to the world or life.  I benefit by bringing people around me that are wise and experienced so that I can survive from their wisdom and we can build each other up.

27 Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry; shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses.28 When corruption takes over, good people go underground, but when the crooks are thrown out, it’s safe to come out.

OK, so I didn’t go through each verse, this was more difficult than I thought, but I love the book of Proverbs and I love this chapter after having read through it several times.  Work hard, be honest, and love those around you and you will succeed in life because you are living life with Christlike qualities.
Hope you were able to follow my broken thoughts while discussing this while I am on a beach right now enjoying vacation! 🙂
Brandon is a man who is following Jesus as well as a husband, and father to two children.  He is He loves social media and is trying his hand at blogging.  You can follow Brandonon Twitter @daringdingo.  Check out his blog Fatherhood and other Unknowns – http://brandonlhall.com/
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About Chris Goforth

West Coast Hipster Ninja husband and Papa- allowing Jesus to impact every aspect of my life while raising 6 kids, taking photos, being outdoors & playing Settles of Catan. View all posts by Chris Goforth

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