Wednesday, February 23, 2022
“An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked” (Proverbs 29:27 KJV).
Today’s Scripture is a transdispensational truth, pertinent to any and every age.
We seek to observe and demarcate the contrasting thoughts here. Two situations each involve two opposites. Firstly, a just person is evaluating an unjust person: “an unjust man is an abomination to the just.” Secondly, a wicked person is judging an upright person: “and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.” To reiterate, although this verse goes back to the days of King Solomon some 30 centuries ago, they describe the spiritual battle being waged between good and evil in creation—whether in time past, or the but now, or the ages to come.
“An unjust man is an abomination to the just.” An “unjust” individual lacks justification, for he has fallen short of God’s righteous standard. Conversely, a “just” man has met or satisfied God’s righteous standard. An “abomination” is anything that originates hatred or disgust. One person having God’s righteousness will be offended upon seeing someone without God’s righteousness. A natural, inevitable conflict emerges: “an unjust man is an abomination to the just.” When the believer in the God of the Bible, witnesses the behaviors of the unbeliever, the truth functioning within the saint reacts to the error working in the non-saint. Here is good versus evil—right testifying against wrong.
“And he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.” Again, the “upright” is one who is righteous, having met or satisfied God’s righteous standard. The term “wicked” is related to the Old English word “wicca,” meaning “witch,” someone fallen short of God’s righteous standard. A wicked person will normally find fault with, be hateful of, a righteous person: “he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.” The error working in the unbeliever’s heart responds to the truth operating in the believer’s heart. Here is evil versus good—wrong testifying against right.
Let us see if there is any personal application for us today….
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