1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Many times we are scared to stand up for the gospel, for God, and what He desires. We think that something bad will happen to us so we run away from defending God’s word before anyone even begins to chase after us with their mouth. It’s a sad reality, but perfect love casts out fear, and when we allow the Righteous Lord in us to have His way we do not back down from evil things, we confront the evil because of our love for God and people.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
It was once told a man that, “Good does not have to be governed.”
Because laws only exist to stop evil, they do not exist to stop good. That is why no one can govern God, because He is Good. This is why Paul can write, “if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.” And again, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Even the very Torah that we received from Moses, was only given to him because the Israeli’s did not know how to behave and to love one another, imagine if they did… That is why when there is much evil there are many governors, simple right; lotta cops in the city, not so much in some rural spots.
3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
When a rich man oppresses the poor at least he gets a profit and can feed some folk, but when a poor man does it, smh
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
This kind of blew me away.
We have two choices (and being passive is still a choice)
You are either praising the wicked or you are fighting him. There is no middle ground. When Peter forsook Jesus his actions praised Satan’s work of taking Jesus to be killed. The word “keep” in this verse means “to guard;” when you guard God’s Law (namely Jesus) you will find yourself in a fight. Imagine every time a co-worker was bragging about a lifestyle contrary to God’s Way and you stood up for God’s Way every time. You’d be a bonafide trouble maker right? Exactly. To be passive too often is to essentially praise the work of the devil, because we are giving him a pass and allowing his way to run full course. In contrast Paul’s prayer requests were frequently, ” Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course.” Fight the wicked and give God’s Word free reign!