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.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Righteousness Works

(Proverbs 10:16 KJV)  The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

The NASB is not the best here
(Proverbs 10:16 NAS77)  The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.
The NASB gets you here in the margin.  It says that the word “labour” which it translates, “wages,” could also be understood as “work.”  It doen’t say “literally” it says “or.”  The definition of the word gives both options.  What is the difference?

From the NASB you would get the idea that the righteous receive the gift of life.  Okay.  I can accept that as being true but I don’t think that is the point here.  I think Solomon is trying to remind us that righteousness has responsibilities.  Jesus called us salt.
(Matthew 5:13 KJV)  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
We have a job to do, not to earn our righteousness, but to apply our righteousness.  Why does someone go to medical school?  It is to get a degree and a title?  That is a waste.  The purpose of the degree and title is to apply the knowledge in healing, works applied. 

So?  We need to go out and make a difference.  Speak.  Live.  Demonstrate.  The world will wonder what is wrong with you.  The Holy Spirit will use the opening.

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