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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Those Pesky Works

(Proverbs 24:29 KJV)  Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

We are told not to “say” (559) this.  There is no magic in this word.  It is used over 5000 times in the Old Testament.  I would say that makes it common.  I have already commented on the aspect of turning the other cheek but there is another interesting aspect to his verse.  If you look back at verse 12 you find that God has made this statement.
(Proverbs 24:12 KJV)  If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
In fact if you do a little research you will find that there are a number of places in both the OT and NT where it is stated that God will respond to people according to their “work” (6467).  For those of us who were raised on the concept of “Grace, good; works, bad” this is a bit unsettling.  Yes, grace is the force behind our salvation but keep in mind that our behavior is in the mix somehow.  Before you cast me out read verses 12 and 29 again and notice it is not my words but Gods.

So?  Rejoice in grace.  We cannot ever earn our salvation.  Live in obedience.  In some way it makes a difference.

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