Plotting Violence

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:1-2 which says

“Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;”

“2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.”

Verses 1 and 2 tell us that “their heats plot violence” and “their lips talk about making trouble”. We can see from verse 1 that Solomon is talking about the wicked. We are told not to envy them or desire their company, because they plot violence and make trouble.

This points forward to the pharisees. The Gospels tell us many times that the pharisees, who hated Jesus, plotted to kill Jesus. Their hearts plotted violence, and they talked about making trouble. But this does not only apply to the pharisees; it applies to us.

How? Every person who is born on this earth, aside from Jesus who is fully human and fully God, is born wicked. We are born with evil hearts, and we can’t do anything about it! Much like the pharisees, if left to ourselves, we would strive to obey the law and utterly fail. We would act righteous and pretend to be good, but instead our hearts would plot violence.

But we have a savior: Jesus! The pharisees, who were plotting violently against Jesus, killed Him on a cross.  But, of course, this was all part of God’s plan. Jesus had to die. He had to die to save all of us from our sin. But Jesus rose again on the third day, and arose to heaven to prepare a place for all believers. Praise God!

We can also learn from this passage that making friends with the wicked is wrong. This is an exhortation not to make friends with those who are not believers. Bad company corrupts good character. We can try and give them the Gospel if they are willing to hear, but we shouldn’t become very close friends with those who might try to influence us away from Christ.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland


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