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Lesson # Prov. 11:7-8
Study Material - Prov. 11:7-8
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7 When a wicked [rasha] man [adam] dieth [maveth] , his expectation [tiqvah] shall perish [abad] : and the hope [towcheleth] of unjust [aven] men perisheth [abad] .
8 The righteous [tsaddiyq] is delivered out [chalats] of trouble [tsarah] , and the wicked [rasha] cometh [bow] in his stead. KJV-Interlinear
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes. 8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place. NAS
The world presents the intangible or the abstract as real and having enduring substance when it is offering little more than air and that which cannot be held or even possessed. God presents that which is concrete and tangible, that which can be held and owned, and held and owned forever. God offers that which will endure any and all attacks, and even protects those who come under His wing of protection.
The wicked here is the negative person. In these verses it is the unbeliever who seeks everything, or just goes through life with every expectation of having life and some semblance of happiness. They have hope, but it is a false hope.
The strong man is he who rises to some significant status in life. Perhaps he is a man of great wealth, or power. He may see his position as that force that will give him security and strength, and will see him through the many problems that follow the rich and the powerful. The strong man probably faces all sorts of problems. He faces them with his battery of lawyers, or with his battery of money, or with his battery of thugs, depending on where he lives and what life style he lives in this world. In the prosperous world he probably depends on lawyers or politics. In the third world countries, he might depend on more devious means of securing his goals or in maintaining his status.
Whatever a persons status in life, rich or poor, the unbeliever depends on the world to get him through life, and then he hopes for something better when it is all over. He has consciously ignored God. We have already studied that. He is defiant in life. Defiant against God and responsibility with regard for his own life. He probably attempts to prevent the topic of 'God' from being discussed with others of his own family. Unbelieving parents often try to keep 'God' from their children's eyes and ears. In which case they cross the line of the guilty, even further.
The righteous, on the other hand, are those who have believed in Christ, both the mature and the immature. The righteous do not have to look to the world for their deliverance and hope when death comes. God takes care of all of that. There exists confidence (whether recognized or not) for the believer, with regard to the next life.
There are a couple of truths which come into play here. First, God is the sovereign in all the universe. His will is done regardless of what we wish or attempt in our life. Jesus Christ controls history.
Second, God gives life, and one day will require it back from you. The question here is, Job 27:8, what hope is there when God requires your life? Also, Lk. 12:20, those who ignore God in their lives are fools, because God will call them out of this life, often without forewarning. No one knows the hour of ones death.
There is another very hard truth, Isa. 43:3-4, God trades lives for lives. Sounds cruel or extreme, but God does trade lives. How? There are those who treat others with great contempt, even to the point of trying to destroy them. People gossip against others out of hate, anger, arrogance, envy, jealousy. Some will even go so far as to destroy their own family, or even their country, just to get even with all those whom they hate or despise.
Biblical examples of this are the Israelites who were delivered and the Egyptians who were taken at the Red Sea crossing. Daniel was spared the lions and his enemies were thrown to the lions. Mordecai was spared from the gallows and Haman was hanged in his place.
Families fall apart because one or the other of the parents are evil to the core. One fights to have it all, and they even will destroy their own family to satisfy their anger. Leader of countries will sacrifice their countries if they cannot retain their leadership. Evil knows no boundaries. Evil will stop at nothing to get that which it feels it deserves.
God stops evil however, and God stops it with an exchange sometimes. Evil desires destruction of others, but God takes the evil person in their own plot, and spares the victims. Evil thinks it has control over its agenda. It does not.
The wicked will lose every time. The strong will lose every time. Death always swoops down and takes them. Gods trump card. Death is not their release from agony, but is a dreadful end in their life. Their suffering will grow with their hate and deceptive attitude toward others and toward life. Their riches, their selfish desires, their accumulations, Lk. 12:19, will never satisfy them.
The righteous on the other hand, do not have to 'work' (in contrast to unbelievers) for that which God gives to them freely and in abundance. The righteous are delivered from all manner of problems in life and even into eternity (physical death). They can not be defeated by the world. The wicked take their (the wicked) place of misery, perpetual dissatisfaction, frustration, anger, and ultimately their total loss.
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