Determine whom to justify and whom to condemn; it matters to God.

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Proverbs 17

15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,

Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,

Since he has no heart for it?

Listening to the news has become a frustrating exercise. One politician says the other politician is bad and the other politician says the first one is bad. Both have reasons to prove their points against the other. One side is against abortion while the other side is for abortion; one side is for climate change and the other is against it, and so on. One side is for the current leadership and the other side is against the current leadership and the media picks their side to justify and to condemn. Today we see that God calls those who justify the wicked and those who condemn the just an abomination to Himself.   The word ‘abomination’ indicates something that is especially vile, even to God. With this in mind, we must be careful whom we justify and whom we condemn.

Do you remember the old song, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” This song came from Joshua’s last message to Israel asking them if they would serve the Lord or the Baals. Joshua stated that if God be God, follow Him. The same call comes to us today but seems to be a little more difficult to discern. For while we clearly want to follow the Lord, the voices around us are unclear, to say the least. Even churches and “Christian” leaders are clouding the clarity of God’s Scriptures. In this day, we are called to search the Scriptures daily to determine who is wicked and who is just so we can know whom to stand with and whom to condemn.

In our journey, we often try to give instruction to those who seem to have lost their way only to find out that they “know what they are doing” and have no interest in God’s wisdom. Verse 16 addresses those who are fools telling us that we cannot put wisdom into their hand for they have no interest in trading money, or anything else, to get it. My father used to say that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. A biblical fool has no interest in the water of life nor in the wisdom of God. They have no heart for it.

It has always been important for God’s people to know God’s word.   Take time in it every day. Meditate on those who succeeded and on those who failed and determine how to live for God in our lifetime. Avoid the error of the fool and let the Word of God be your wisdom source throughout your life.


Welcome to Friday. It is a beautiful day in Jakarta. As we approach Sunday, be sure to spent time in prayer for your pastor, your church, and those who will be attending on Sunday. Find ways to serve the Lord through your church; at least ask God to lead you across the path of one who needs to be loved and edified. God will give you that unique opportunity and you will go home rejoicing that the God of heaven used your mouth and your body to show His love and care.

This Sunday I will begin a series on the book of Colossians. The exaltation of Christ is the them of the book and so every message will have something to do with the lifting-up of Christ. Colossians is a beautiful letter encouraging the people of Colosse to look in a greater way to Christ as their all in all.

 Please remember Bobbi’s nephew Shawn and his wife in your prayers. They will be delivering a baby this weekend and they already know that this little guy has heart issues. Pray for healing and for wisdom and for comfort during this trial of life and faith.


Have a great day in the Lord,


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