Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Sin is a Reproach – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses 34-35
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 The king’s favor is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Sin is a Reproach
Righteousness and the wisdom opened up in us by the Father, comes to us by way of salvation through Christ Jesus. These are two (of many) things that he’s made available to us, to lend aid in traversing through this life, while simultaneously preparing us for eternity.
What I just wrote, combined the first half of both verses above. The latter half of each verse, gives us an idea of the Father’s outlook on the sinful and the shameful. As he always does, the Father makes himself perfectly clear, his feelings toward how he would prefer us to live.
These things are true concerning us individually, but according to the verses above, nations are looked upon by the Father in a similar fashion. Between the two verses above, there is one common denominator.
There is someone who is exalting the nation, and the same is reacting to reproach (the expression of disapproval, shame, or disappointment), to a nation. In the first verse, it is the Lord God Almighty that responds by exalting, or bringing low, a nation. The King referred to in the next verse is also the Lord, and the servants being spoken about, are both nations.
That is why I believe that these verses go so well together. In the first verse we are told criteria as to why he exalts a nation, and why he’d be ashamed by a nation. But the following verse, we’re told why.
Has the Father not created all things according to his good pleasure? When a nation is found pleasing him, then he will either bless or protect a nation (a combination of both). That would be the King’s favor.
As it says above, sin is a reproach. When a sinful nation gets to the point, where the Father needs to deal with the situation personally, his wrath is kindled against that nation. So often is the case that we can see in our world today, that he doesn’t rain down fire and brimstone upon a nation.
What he does tend to do, in my opinion is far worse. He simply lifts his hand of blessing, protection, and favor off of that sinful nation. If a nation is so bent on sin, sin will be their reward. When the Father turns his face away, it might as well be a bugle sounding for wickedness to flood all of the areas once protected and held at bay by the Father’s blessing.
The wicked get taken up in their own wickedness, and the fears of the sinful come upon them. The wages of sin is death, period. Most of us who are saved know this, and have likely heard the verse that tells us this over and over again.
But Romans 6:23, that tells us about the wages of sin, doesn’t declare that this is a human rule. I would suggest that this is a reality for all things. Think on that for a moment. All things would include the angels (we can see that at play throughout the Bible), and in the verse above, we can see it at play concerning nations.
I can just imagine what this world would be like, if the nations of this earth would just simply be obedient to the Father. But alas, we’ll have to wait till the coming of the Lord for that to happen.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 24: King James Bible
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Luke 21: King James Bible
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Romans 6: King James Bible
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 15: King James Bible
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
1 Timothy 3: King James Bible
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Revelation 11: King James Bible
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Thank you yet again and as always for your Word, your wisdom, and your patience with all of us. Should it be your will, lead us all to become participants, in a wise and righteous nation. Should there be a part we must play in order to further that along, lead and help us with this Father. Help us to be wise, and see within us, the righteousness of your dear Son. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
I wonder what the difference would be, if a nation would take the fact seriously, that Sin is a Reproach?
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