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, August 29, 2018

Rights Cause

(Proverbs 29:7 KJV)  The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

What “causes” (rights NASB)” (1779) do the “poor” (1800b) have?  The godly understand this better than the self centered, carnal leaders that we have.  This exact phrase appears only one other place.
JER 5:28 'They are fat, they are sleek, They also excel in deeds of wickedness; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; And they do not defend the rights of the poor.
The idea is expressed in at least one other place:
ISA 10:2 So as to deprive the needy of justice, And rob the poor of My people of {their} rights, In order that widows may be their spoil, And that they may plunder the orphans.
“Rights” literally means judged.  This implies justice, but we must always make sure that we are using the Biblical idea of justice which is based on truth and the character of God, not on some slippery concept of “social” justice. 

So?  We need to stop listening to powerful voices that base their ideas of justice on some arbitrary checklist of identity politics.  God is not a respecter of persons.  Righteousness is not a sliding scale.  The only way to justice is through an unchanging law understood through a redeemed heart. 

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