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.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Harvest Means Separation

(Proverbs 20:26 KJV)  A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

This seems a bit violent but the principle is important.  After a verse saying we should not act rashly, we are now told that a “wise” (2450) leader “scattereth” (winnows NASB) (2219).  Is this saying that a wise leader would drive the “wicked” (7563) out of the church?

This picture is continued in chapter 27:
(Proverbs 27:22 NAS77)  Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his folly will not depart from him.
As I was reading this over today I saw a parallel I had not seen before.  I was thinking about how Jesus told us to turn the other cheek, etc.  How does that tie in?  I think Romans 13 is the answer.  As individuals our first responsibility is to turn the other cheek.  The “king” (4428), or as Romans terms it, “higher powers” KJV or “governing authorities” NASB, has a different responsibility.
(Romans 13:4 KJV)  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Our role is to turn the other cheek.  The governments role is to wield the sword against evil.  How that works in a democratic form of government is beyond today’s scope.

So?  Let the king be the king.  We are to be servants.  I know, it’s not too glorious but such is life and such is eternity. 


SLW said...

Good catch. The individual's responsibility and range of action are different than the governor's. Nicely done.

Pumice said...

As Americans we want to fly solo and be in charge. That is in conflict with the call to the body of Christ and submission. I struggle with the conflict.

Grace and peace.