#223 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 29: Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Stubborn determination can be endearing in a child, but when it comes to adults, particularly who are stiff necked about continuing in their evil ways, and denying justice they become the worst kind of fools. The Hebrew language has several word denoting the qualities of a fool, perhaps the worst being lu~it (pronounced loot) denoting a scornful and unjust person.
Without commenting on the state of leadership in the countries of the world, particularly the USA I cannot help but be drawn to the foolishness of the Jewish people when they sought to have a king placed in power over them. I Samuel 8: 7 “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” (read the entirety of the passage relating to this demand.)
In our main text for today we can easily see the outworking of the second verse. But, when the rebukes come, even to you and I, if we or they do not change their ways destruction will surely come and without remedy. On the last day, it will be too late. Where will you stand?