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 6, 2019

Innocent by Definition

(Proverbs 6:17 KJV)  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

What are the requirements for “blood” (1818) to be “innocent” (5355a)?  We often hear about innocent bystanders.  We think of the people that were murdered in the Twin Towers on 9/11.  There are a lot of people who have not earned what comes their way.

Innocence has at least two levels.  In one sense none of us are really innocent. 
(Romans 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
I have heard people talking about convicted criminals who claim they did not do it.  They will sometimes comment that maybe they didn’t do this but there are a lot of other things they have done. 

Biblically speaking there are a few groups that would be considered innocent by classification.  Among those would be widows and orphans.  God has special concern for widows and orphans.  In the ancient culture they had a very dark future.  God is also concerned about the poor.  All that being said I think the most innocent group of people that are being killed without mercy are the unborn children being aborted for convenience.  Millions of children every year, many of whom would live if removed whole from the womb, are butchered in the name of convenience.

So?  Few modern issues are so cut and dried.  Abortion is one of them.  If an unborn child does not fit the definition of innocent, I don’t know what does.  God hates it. 

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