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, August 4, 2019

Right or Left

(Pro 4:27 KJV) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

In politics we talk about the “right” (3225) and the “left” (8040).  The reference refers back to the days when the French legislature sat on certain sides based on their politics.  We often take the easy way out and follow the course set by the spokesman for the side we choose.  Labels can help.  A political party might give some guidance.  Ultimately our choice is not between right and left but between right and wrong.  Often there is a moral dimension that we are overlooking.

We want to ignore that some choices are just plain “evil” (7451b).  This is a very common word in the Bible and a very rare word in our culture.  What is frustrating is that when the word is used it is often used to take a stand against the law of God.  We need to work on some clarity about what is good and what is evil.  If you are pleading ignorance here then turn to Exodus 20 and read the Ten Commandments for a starter. 

So?  Evil exists.  We are supposed to be on the other side.  Knowing which side you are on is impossible if you don’t know the difference between right and wrong.