An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Other Side of the Coin

(Proverbs 16:4 KJV)  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

The second part of this verse I find troubling.  If we are righteous we have a purpose, if we are “evil” (7463) we also have a purpose.  Notice that the “wicked” (7463) exist for a purpose.  That is not my difficulty.  The thing that bothers me is that God “made” (6466) them.  If I were predestined to believe in predestination I could simply accept that some were created to go to Hell.  I don’t believe that is the witness of the entire body of scripture, so I need to go further. 

I have to come to the point where I accept that when God created the world He knew that some would chose to reject Him.  Again, as a long range planner, He made provision for that.  Even the wicked have a purpose.  Here it says it is for the “day of evil.”  There will be a “day” (3117) [yom] of evil.  This is the only place this phrase appears in the NASB so it is hard to figure what it means through word studies.  It could refer to Armageddon.  I don’t know.

So, God knows there are wicked people around.  He has made provision both for eternity and for today.  Remember,
(1 John 4:4 KJV)  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
There is a reason we walk in faith.  It is not a game, it is a life-style.

2 comments:

covnitkepr1 said...

Maybe yes...maybe no to this.

God made satan who TURNED evil and there has been evil in every day since and will be till our Lord returns. I don't see (1) evil day.

This would leave our creator as a creator of only good...some of which did not remain so because of "free will."

Just a thought.

Pumice said...

I hadn't thought of this in terms of Satan. His fall would have to come before he could tempt Adam and Eve. I will have to think on this some more.

We often are challenged to think more by disagreement than agreement.

Thanks.

Grace and Peace.