The Corruption of Evil Men
Category : General
Proverbs 24: 24 (KJV)
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him.
It is very easy for us to look at others and say, “Oh I wish I could do that.” or “I wish I were like that.” Be very careful of the character of those who you would set as an example. Don’t envy those who are not on the right path.
The idea is not in a private way, or as giving his opinion or character of a man that is wicked, whom either through ignorance or flattery another may call righteous; which may be done and not resented by people and nations; but in an open court of judicature pronounced by the judge, justifying the wicked for reward, and condemning the just, which is an abomination unto the Lord. We also see that ministers of the Gospel should not flatter the wicked, and call them righteous and good men, and strengthen their hands in their wickedness, promising them life though they continue in their evil ways; for though God justifies the ungodly, man should not; nor does he justify them in, but from, their ungodliness; the people of the land shall curse him as an unjust judge, (Not individuals, nor families only, but the whole community, wherever such an iniquitous ruler is found, shall execrate and hate him. The voice of the people is universally against him; no one is so blind and degraded as openly to applaud his nets.)
We need to consider how many testimonies the wise king, in his Proverbs, gives against it. Pr.1:10-19. “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole as those that go down into the pit. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil. Cast in thy lot among us, let us all have one purse. My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood,”. Here are the practices and designs of wicked men expressed in their own nature. But certainly they would color them over with fair pretenses. Their purpose is to undo men, especially godly men that classed and purged them. Yea, it is the profession of many, and they scarce lie privily, or have so much wisdom as to conceal their designs till their fit opportunity, but before the power be confirmed in their hand, they breathe out cruelty against all the innocent in the land, and promise themselves great gain by it, and are already dividing their estates among them, saying we “shall find all precious substance,” ver.13. But, my son, if thou fear God, though they entice thee with specious arguments of nature, and necessity, and country privileges, yet consent not. Venture not thy stock in one vessel with them. Cast not in thy lot among them. “Walk not in the way with them: refrain thy foot from their path:” for they are not come to the height of iniquity, they are running on to it. And if thou join, thou wilt cast thyself in a miserable snare; for either thou must go on with them to their designed and professed evils, or be exposed to their cruelty.
When the Lord is punishing such a people against whom he hath a controversy, and a notable controversy, every one that is found shall be thrust through: and every one joined with them shall fall, Isa.13:15. They partake in their judgment, not only because in a common calamity all shares, (Ezek.21: 3.) but chiefly because joined with and partakers with these whom God is pursuing; even as the strangers that join to the house of Jacob partake of her blessings, Gen.14:1. To this purpose is Isa.31: 2, 3, and Ezek.30: 5, 6, 8. The mingled people and those that are in league with Egypt partake in her plagues, and those that uphold that throne that God so visibly controverts with, their power shall come down, and all its helpers shall be destroyed, as it is Jer.21:12, 20, 24. And this is the great reason of these many warnings to go out of Babylon, Jer.l.8. and 51:6. Remember that passage, 2 Kings 1: 9, 10, 11, 12.
As was commented on, “Men given to change, false deceitful men, meddle not with such, if thou either fear God or respect man. For such will be sure to no interest but their own. Then calamity shall come suddenly. Therefore, have nothing to do with them. For “who knoweth the ruin of them both,” of them and all other wicked men, or of both them and the king, if wicked?” Also, to the wise and godly this is the charge, “It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment,” whether he be king or nobleman. A righteous state respects not the person of the prince and mighty, saith Job.
King Solomon loved God and was very wise. But he surrounded himself with people who did not love God. Because of this, when he was old, his heart was turned to false gods (We must be careful when choosing our friends. With what kind of people do you surround yourself? Do they speak of the Lord and His goodness, or do they speak of the world and its pleasures? Evil communication speaks not only of cursing, but also of things that place doubt upon the word and work of God. Do you surround yourself with people who believe the word of God?
Have a great and godly day!