The best baddies in films are believable. They are consistently bad in all aspects of life. And they often can be likeable. Yet the picture of the “wicked man” in Proverbs is a realistic view and doesn’t produce any fuzzy feelings. Here in the middle of chapter six, we gain insight into aspects of what a real evil man looks like and how God feels about such a man. Knowing terms can confuse, I’ll say that when Proverbs refers to the wicked man, it is talking of one who is unrepentant in seeking evil things and living a lifestyle that angers God.
A righteous man in Proverbs (the good guy, to be crude) is one who seeks God and relies on Him for all his well-being and help. He lives a consistent life in service to God.
Now lets examine the wicked man from Proverbs.
The man’s mouth is a walking sewer. He most definitely needs to have his mouth washed out! He is a grown man, however, and his parents no longer have control over him. He didn’t listen to them when he was young, or perhaps they never taught him correctly.
Verse 13 speaks of a man with shady forms of communication, giving signals that are prearranged. His movements are a direct message to his ‘cronies’ (people like him), and whoever is his victim doesn’t realise the danger. What does he plan? Check out verse 14.
“14 Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.”
He has evil in his thoughts continually and acts out what is in his heart. If he was a farmer, the seed bag in his arms would be labelled ‘Seeds of Discord’. Not a good crop to come at all.
We cannot help feel a sense of justice over men like this. He has sown calamity and reaped calamity, and as he has broken others so shall he be broken. Yet as we shall see in verses 16-19, it is the LORD who will judge him and we are just as much under His gaze, too.
“16 These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”
The difference between fictional bad guys in the movies and real life wickedness, is that God takes sin very seriously. In God’s eyes, we are all under His judgement since we all have not kept his law. This list of seven abominations is quite extensive and would condemn most of us. I certainly am guilty of many of these. If we are to rejoice in the justice a wicked man receives at God’s hand, we surely should do the same for ourselves if we stand before God as guilty sinners.
It is not a laughing matter to fall into the hands of the living God. There will be no, “Ha ha ha, I’ll be outa’ this prison in no time!”
We are called to repent from our sins and believe that Jesus is the one who saves us from our punishment. In God’s eyes we would then be transformed into the ‘good guys’. Now that is the best ending ever. Amen.
Questions: Have you accepted God’s free gift of salvation for your sins? Is Jesus your Lord and Saviour?
Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.