Proverbs 21:3, 13, 15, 27     NIV

Proverbs 21:3, 13, 15, 27     NIV

August 23, 2021 – Monday

Proverbs 21:3, 13, 15, 27     NIV

To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.

15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—how much more so when brought with evil intent! 

Comment 

Four verses for today, but the focus will be on verse three and how the others relate to it. Looking at verse three we see how important it is to do what is right and just. Why is that? Because to do so is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Sacrifice was very important in Old Testament times and even in New Testament times as Jesus the Christ was to be the final sacrifice required by God.

To really understand verse three, we will have to look at the word acceptable therein. Because to do what is right and just

Is what? More acceptable, more appropriate, more tolerable, more satisfactory, more suitable, more pleasing (all synonyms for acceptable) to the Lord than sacrifice. I would like to suggest a word that is not a synonym, important, and is found in only two or three translations instead of acceptable. Using the word important in the verse makes it much more clear cut, To do what is right and just is more important to the Lord than sacrifice.

Now consider verse 13, Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. If you want your crying out to God to be heard it is important you not shut your ears to the cry of the poor. And further we may understand this as it is right and just to hear the cry of the poor and then to do something about the cry we have heard.

Then there is verse 15, When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. When we do what is right and just, we bring joy to the righteous. Evildoers, how do they react when we do what is right and just? When we do what is right and just, we bring terror to evildoers because justice may be just around the corner for them.

And finally let us consider verse 27, The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—how much more so when brought with evil intent!

If we do not do what is right and just, then what are we doing? We cannot have any but a wicked sacrifice if we do not do what is right and just.

Thus, if we want to avoid ending up making sacrifices with evil intent, we are much better off by starting by doing what is right and just. Of course, we can close our ears to the cry of the poor, ignore doing what is right and just, ignoring justice and then wonder why God finds us to be wicked and our sacrifices detestable.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me always to think first of always doing what is right and just and then doing what is right and just.  – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ

Riley D. Driver – Pastor

Calvary Chapel of Dayton

in Beavercreek