Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Fools and Transgressors – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 10
10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Fools and Transgressors
If you’d like a good list of reasons to avoid being the fool, this is going to be the post for you! We have covered many different things about the fool throughout these devotionals. The verse above is giving us a sum up of what we’ve already read.
The Rewards of the righteous are things that we would all consider to be rewards. But the rewards that come to the wicked, fools, and transgressors are something that we would call consequences.
The following is a list of rewards coming to the fool that we’ve already discussed through the devotionals. I’ll link to their respective pages, in the event you’d like to visit (or revisit) them.
A Fool’s Reward
- Ther’re destroyed by their own prosperity Proverbs 1:32
- Shame shall be their promotion Proverbs 3:35
- A prating fool shall fall Proverbs 10:10
- They die for want of wisdom Proverbs 10:21
- A fool shall be servant to the wise of heart Proverbs 11:29
- They destroy their companions Proverbs 13:20
- Great trouble as they tangle themselves up in folly Proverbs 17:12
- His mouth calls for strokes Proverbs 18:6
- His mouth is his own destruction Proverbs 18:7
- Stripes are prepared for their backs Proverbs 19:29
I believe that the terms “fool” and “transgressor” are not synonymous here. There is a difference between the two. The fool doesn’t believe there is a God who established anything at all. But the transgressor is knowingly breaking what they know the Lord has ordained.
A Transgressor’s Reward
- They shall be rooted out Proverbs 2:22
- Their own perverse ways shall destroy them Proverbs 11:3
- They’ll be taken in their own naughtiness Proverbs 11:6
- They will eat violence Proverbs 13:2
- their way is hard Proverbs 13:15
- They will be a ransom for the upright Proverbs 21:18
- The Lord overthrows their words Proverbs 22:12
Fools do transgress the ordinances of the Lord, and you’d have to be a fool to be comfortable deciding to become a transgressor. They do in a way go hand in hand, but at the core, there is a different intention, and because of this, we see the Lord dealing with them differently.
Above, we can see 17 good reasons why we need Christ Jesus, and why it is so important that we understand the depth of our salvation. I know I’ve transgressed the ordinances of the Lord in the past, and deserve the above sentencing. But praise be to the Lord, those transgressions have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb.
We’ve all transgressed, but a transgressor is an unrepentant repeat offender, knowingly and continuously doing their own thing against what the Lord has commanded. And their reward is just as certain as the fool’s, and often they pay for it here as well as they will after death.
We can sin or transgress, repent, and be safe in the hereafter, but must still pay the penalty for that transgression here while still on the earth. This is why we have the Word of the Lord, to help us prevent this from happening.
Too often are the ordinances of the Lord looked upon as hindrances. ‘I can’t do this or that because God will get mad at me.’ That isn’t the case at all.
He warns us and sometime is even pleading with us to do right and not wrong. Not because it effects him, but has an effect on the outcome of our lives. He has established all things, and everything has a form of reward.
If we want to be rewarded a particular way, we need to do the things that are required to receive that reward. It really is that simple.
If there are ways that we don’t want to be rewarded, we need to abstain from, or remove ourselves from, situations that will cause for us to receive the respective reward. But not too many people really want it to be that way.
We just want to do whatever we want and wind up with all of the good blessings of the Lord, without consequence of anything we might do against him willingly. We know what rewards we want to receive from the Lord, but aren’t always willing to do what it takes in order to get them.
This isn’t a matter of salvation, as our actions have nothing to do with being saved, that was all Christ Jesus. But some will enter through the gates as if being pulled from the fire, while others will enter in bearing the rewards given by the Father.
And that’s talking about saved people. Just think of the reward that will be awaiting the fool and the transgressor after death. It is a terrifying thought. Get right with the Father everyone.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 15: King James Bible
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Hebrews 2: King James Bible
2 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
1 John 3: King James Bible
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
2 John 1: King James Bible
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Thank you for this verse, and how it sums up other areas of your Word. Thank you for helping us to study and understand the message that you are trying to get across to your children. Help us to not transgress your will or your ordinances, and keep our feel from stumbling in the way. Pull as many who will be saved from the temptations of this world that wants to rob them of their good rewards that you have stored up for them, and set their feet aright on the path you have established for them. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Shouldn’t one of the reasons above be enough not to be fools or transgressors, never mind 17 of them?
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