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HELL IN A HANDBASKET

You know the old saying, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket.”  Well it is not far from the truth! Just try to look at the internet and read the news on your computer, there are pictures of women half naked or in their bras and panties running up and down the screen.  You have stories like stars going bowling in their bras, an elderly actress with a filthy mouth getting “The people’s choice award.”  Honoring lesbians and giving them their own television shows.  We have a democratic candidate (Transgender) running for Chairman of the Democratic Party.  Our children being taught Islam in school, but can’t mention the name of Jesus or speak about God, (you know the creator of the earth we live on and these people refuse to speak His name!)  We can’t have a Nativity or a Cross displayed.

There is a verse in the bible, yes, (I said bible) it says, “When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.” (Proverbs 28:28) That is the way things are now.  On the other hand, I think we can learn from this whole proverb.  So let’s get started.

1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

What do the guilty usually do?  They run and hide even though they haven’t even been caught yet for their crime.  Their guilt eats them up inside.  The righteous stand up and do not deny their heavenly Father!  Many of them have died for it.

2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

The ruler who is wise will maintain order through righteous ways.  People respect a leader that is wise and seeks the Creator for direction.  That is why it is said of Solomon that he was the wisest man to ever live, because he asked God for wisdom to lead the people.

3 A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Excuse me folks, but a leader that says, I’m going to help the poor have insurance and then penalizes them for not having it is wacked out of his mind!

4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

Look at our culture.  The people who mock God’s rules and make their own are those who are forsaking instruction.  They praise all the wickedness they can.  The ones who heed God’s instruction will resist the wicked. (Read Romans the whole 1st chapter for deeper clarity.)

5 Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

People who practice evil cannot understand what is right.  The bible tells us in I Corinthians 2:14“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”  The person who seeks The Lord knows what is right and they understand and obey it.

6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

Think about it what usually happens to the rich and famous?  They begin to think they can do and say whatever they want.  They can cheat, lie and steal because they have money.  Their lives and relationships are destroyed and many of them commit suicide.

7 A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

This is a very intriguing and interesting verse.  What does heeding instruction have to do with gluttons?  Gluttons are those whose appetite satiates them.  They love food, talk about food and stare at it when they are eating like it is a god, but gluttons are not just about food they are gluttons for many things.  It is really called lust!  They crave money, sex, anything in excess.

I can hear a father telling his son to be wise and not follow after many women, or don’t spend all your money on food, alcohol, frivolous living.  Then the son goes out and joins a companion of gluttons and foolish people.

8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

Do not take interest from the poor or profit from them.  The scripture says, “The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.

9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Well this one is self explanatory.  Don’t hear Gods instructions and your prayers will be detestable to Him.

10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

Do not lead others into evil.  If you do you will fall into your own pit.  The one who is blameless and doesn’t lead others to evil will receive a good inheritance.  Would you leave your inheritance to a person that throws away money and gambles away everything?  No, you would leave it to the one who is responsible and has a proven track record of investing and taking care of their property.

11 The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

The rich are proud and think they amassed their own riches.  They misuse their riches for ill gotten gain.  The poor see the folly of the use of money the rich have.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Great joy and praise come from the righteous being in power, but when the wicked step in to power the people go into hiding.  The people won’t speak out.  Does this sound like our day?

13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

You will not prosper living in sin, but if you confess and turn away from them, you will receive mercy from the Father.  The bible also tells us to be sure our sin WILL eventually find us out.  So what makes you think you can get away from it?  God cannot honor sin.  He had to come here and die for it.

14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

If you harden your heart you will find trouble, but if you fear God and tremble at what he would do to you for the gross sins we commit you will find blessing.  The bible tells us to fear the one who has the power to throw us into hell, and who do you think that is?  It is God ONLY that has that power.

15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

A lion and a bear are frightening creatures that can rip a person apart.  So if the person finds themselves facing one of these creatures they better have a gun or sword.  A wicked ruler can do the same kind of danger.  Beware of them!

16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

This is pretty self explanatory.  It is an oppressive misuse of power, and an unlawful taking of money from a government official.  If you have disdain or hate for taking others money for ill gotten gain you will enjoy a long reign.

17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

Wow, sounds like we shouldn’t hold back a murderer from going to the grave.  Torment is an awful thing.  It continues and has no end.  The grave may seem welcomed.  Confession will ease torment, but it will not always keep you from the consequences of your sin.

18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.

A person may think they can escape from their sin, but just because you haven’t been found out yet there will come a day when you WILL be found out.  That pit is waiting for the perverse.  When you are blameless the Lord WILL be your defender.  If He is your advocate then the word says, “Jesus is our advocate and ever intercedes for us.”  This is how you are kept safe.

19 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

If a farmer plowed half of the ground and didn’t plant the seed what would happen to the garden?  Yes, nothing would grow.  You have to work the land by plowing, planting seed and then watering to produce a harvest.  The person who sets back and says maybe I can get my neighbor to do the rest for me is barking up the wrong tree and will most likely lose their crops.

20 A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

When scripture speaks of prosperity it doesn’t mean we amass great wealth for ourselves.  God’s purpose in prosperity is that we make a difference and help others as well as ourselves.  If you are stingy and selfish then chances are you may lose it all including your family and maybe even your own life.

21 To show partiality is not good—yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

Have you ever met someone who would say whatever you wanted to hear in order to get on your good side?  That is the person that would do wrong for a piece of bread.  Of course we know it is wrong to show partiality, yet how often is this done?

22 The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.

Simply said, Poverty awaits those who will not be generous to others.

23 Whoever rebukes a person, will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.

This goes back again to the one who will say whatever to get on your good side.  That’s the flattering tongue.  If you give someone a kind rebuke you will gain favor, because that person will have learned a valuable lesson.

24 Whoever robs their father or mother and says, “It’s not wrong, “is partner to one who destroys.

Here is yet another clear proverb.  If you rob you father or mother and you say it is not wrong.  You are considered a destroyer.  Whoa to you.

25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.

Conflict awaits those who are greedy.  Being greedy will not help you to prosper.  When you give, you set yourself up to be rewarded and prosperity will be at your door.

26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Wisdom comes from the Lord and you will be kept safe.  Now if you trust in yourself certainly you are considered to be a fool.

27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

This is plain and simple no need to explain.  We arrive back at verse 28.  All this is teaching us to keep our focus on things that are good, lovely, just, and of good report.  We can change Hell in a hand basket.  Are you ready?

By Terry Board

© Burnett Publishing 2015

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