Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 1:19 which says:
“Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who get it.”
Solomon is warning his children about sinful men. He told them not to listen to sinful men, for the riches they get are ill-gotten. They would lose their lives if they listened to wicked men. Solomon is basically warning them not to gain things by lying and cheating, and not to listen to wicked people.
We were wicked people. We were sinful; the only thing we knew was a sinful life. And clearly, because Solomon is warning about wicked people, this is not a good thing. In fact our sin and wickedness put us under God’s wrath. We see in verse 19 that wickedness takes away the lives of those who have it.
However, our lives have been saved because of God’s mercy on us. God loved us so much that He sent His only son for us. He took away our wickedness, so that our lives might be saved. He gave us righteousness, and took our wickedness. Jesus suffered the punishment we deserved. He gave up His bond with the Father for a short time, that we might have it forever.
This also has a practical meaning. What Solomon told us in verse 19 is still a very good application. We should still try to avoid associating with wicked people if possible. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says:
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
To wrap up: our wickedness has been taken away by Jesus, and He has given us His righteousness.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland