Proverbs 22:15-17 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want. Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
How foolish would it to be to watch someone with obvious wealth go up to a man who is clearly homeless and living on the street, and ask him if he had an extra room and bed where they could stay for a few days? Then, when the homeless man replies, “I don’t have a place of my own to stay,” the wealthy person begins to cry and beg, “come on, please, let me stay at your place. It will only be a few days! I just need to save a little more money.” The homeless man might very well point to the sky and say, “Hey buddy, you’re standing in my living room right now!” To watch such a thing would seem ridiculous. Today’s text calls it oppressing the poor to increase riches.
How about if you were to see a limousine, pull up to a stop light next to a man in an old rusty pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up blows the horn and motions for the limo to roll down the window. When they do, he asks, “Hey you need a ride? I have plenty of room in the box of my truck if you do.” Again, that would be silly. Giving to the rich what they do not need.
That is what is meant by “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.” In both situations, no one is being helped.
Often people will live their lives, beating their heads against a wall, doing ridiculous things over and over, expecting different results. Then, when someone points out that what they are doing isn’t helping anyone, they’re told to mind their own business. The words of wisdom meant to help are not taken as a gift, but rather are seen as an intrusion into an already troubled life.
The same often happens in witnessing. A lost soul will do the same sinful things over and over and finds no peace in them. Yet, when someone presents them with the gospel, they are told to mind their own business as they continue down a path of no hope. However, occasionally, someone will listen, and God gloriously changes his or her lives.
We are not going to win them all to Christ with the gospel. Nevertheless, for the few who will listen its worth repeating.
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