Proverbs 28: King James Bible
Absolute Judgment – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verses 4-5
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. 5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Absolute Judgment
We serve an absolute God who uses absolute judgement over all of his kingdom. As soon as we get a good understanding of that particular reality, it becomes easier to understand how the scriptures can say that there are none who are without sin, and nobody is good but God alone (paraphrasing).
Also, when we get understanding into what absolute judgement from the Father is, we gain a greater appreciation for the Lord Jesus Christ. It clears the picture, as to how necessary it was for him to get up off of his throne, come down and make some noise (spiritually and historically speaking) on our behalf to save us from having to pay the penalties for our sin, having taken it upon himself in our place.
Verse four gives us a glimpse into the absolute nature of how the Father sees things. If you forsake the law you are praising the wicked. If you keep the law, you’re facing or are against the wicked. It doesn’t say the words “facing” or “against,” but that is what the actions would be of someone who is contending on the side of the law.
The Lord leaves no gray areas in the statement above, and this is just one of many verses given to us that explain the Lord’s thoughts toward our obedience unto him and his laws. This also goes for his thoughts toward the laws of man, when they do not go crosswise with his own.
Evidently evil men just don’t get it. They work diligently to justify whatever they want to do, be it right or wrong, legal or illegal, righteous or sinful.
I’ve known all kinds of people who have had different degrees of legal issues. Some who didn’t quite understand how things operate in a courtroom, or at least the way they are supposed to work. Some didn’t get that the bottom line, is if you’re guilty or not guilty.
You’re not going to be found not guilty of doing something if you did it, just because you had a host of good reasons to do it. You’ll be found just as guilty, but will at that point be at the mercy of the judge concerning sentencing. When it comes to sentencing, rime or reason may come into play to determine the severity of the punishment, but that is after the absolute judgment of either guilty or innocent is established.
Let’s jump straight to the beginning. When Adam made the decision to take a bite out of that forbidden fruit, why he did it was irrelevant. The Lord said to Adam personally, don’t eat that, and if you do, you shall surely die.
But he and Eve were deceived by the Devil! Adam did it because he didn’t want to be without Eve! She made him do it! All reasoning is irrelevant, as the Lord said don’t do it but they did it anyway. Absolute judgement does not make way for emotional reaction, and is not swayed by every good reason that one may have. Especially if coming straight from the Father’s mouth while standing there looking at you!
But even though the Lord judged Adam and Eve by way of absolute judgement, he set the sentencing in a manner that punished them for the sin, punished the snake even worse for creating the whole situation, brought the entire creation into a state of atrophy, yet remained steady in aiding them through their days.
He immediately clothed them after sentencing, and helped them out. Even in the beginning, man brings things upon himself that the Lord would rather keep us from.
Related New Testament Scripture
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
Thank you for your Word, and for giving us insight into how you see things, and how you deal with things. Help us to always remember the ultimate sacrifice you made in Christ Jesus, having sent him to die and pay the penalty for our sin, causing us to be able to stand before you with any sins cast away from us as far as the east is from the west. We humbly thank you for so great a salvation, and ask that you aid us through your Spirit to never neglect so great a salvation. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Ever notice the lengths wicked people go through to avoid absolute judgement concerning things they know they’ve done?
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