The Rich Are Often Filled With Pride

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Riches

The rich are often filled with pride but the poor man who has understanding will see through this person (v. 11). The poor man who has understanding is of far more value than his well to do neighbor. When an honest person wins, it’s time to celebrate; when crooks are in control, it’s best to hide (v. 12). It is not the great, the rich, the mighty, or the noble, that God has chosen to use; but “the poor who are rich in faith” (I Cor. 1:26-28).

The greatest mistake a person can make is to try to cover his sin. It seems to be natural for fallen man, like Adam and Eve with their fig leaves, to try to cover his sin. Confession is the divinely appointed method for obtaining the blessing of God (v. 13). True confession involves genuine repentance and self judgment. When a man tries to cover his own sin, he is only adding to his sorrow. The Lord blesses everyone who is afraid to do evil, but if you do it, you will end up in trouble (v. 14).

The oppressive  rule of a wicked leader is compared to the vicious attack of a  roaring lion (v. 15). He oppresses the poor like a wild beast among the people. He bears rule with a heavy hand and fails to see that the security of his job should be related to the welfare of those under him (v. 16). Don’t give help to murderers (v. 17)! If necessary, make them stay on the run for as long as they live. Honesty will keep you safe, but everyone who is crooked will suddenly fall (v. 18).

Application

When is the last time I have used I John 1:9? It is so easy to see the sin in the other persons’ life but not willing to admit the sin in my own life and confess it.

Proverbs 28:11-18 (English Standard Version)

A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out. When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves. Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity. Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days. If one is burdened with the blood of another, he will be a fugitive until death; let no one help him. Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

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