Summary: To show that we don't need to envy the wicked even if they don't worship the LORD, for their spirits are dead and there is no reward for them.
Do you envy the wicked? No, I pray for them.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we don't need to envy the wicked even if they don't worship the LORD, for their spirits are dead and there is no reward for them.
Proverbs 24:19-20 (Amplified Bible)
24:19 Fret not because of evildoers, neither be envious of the wicked,
24:20 For there shall be no reward for the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Proverbs 24:19-20 (King James Version)
24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have taken from me reproach and contempt and have instead given me every perfect gift as my reward here on earth.
Don't envy the wicked
A. Authors: Credited generally to King Solomon before his character downfall/decline.
B. Date written: from 931 to 686 B.C.
C. Purpose: To give moral instruction
D. Main Theme: Fear of the LORD
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Don't complain about evil men, don't envy them
"24:19 Fret not because of evildoers, neither be envious of the wicked,"
Of course, they exist everywhere, these are unbelievers who are conceited fools.
What you do with them? Here are some things to do about these evil men:
1. Tell them to get away from you
Psalms 119:115 (Amplified Bible)
119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them].
I was once counseled by a drunkard and he wants to be mediate, but you can smell him he's drunk, I just told him in his face, "talk to the hand", "I don't want to talk with you!"
2. Don't pretend to be in harmony with them.
2 Corinthians 6:15 (Amplified Bible)
6:15 What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
3. Have no fellowship with them. They are darkness and you are light, you have nothing in common.
Ephesians 5:11 (Amplified Bible)
5:11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
4. Avoid them or turn away from them
2 Timothy 3:5 (Amplified Bible)
3:5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
I asked a drunkard, "Are you born again?" right into his face, he said a very safe answer (while drunk) "I am a Christian." and I told him, "no you're not, you're an idolater." And he laughed, and I laughed at him, saying "Don't deceive us with your safe answers."
5. Come out from them - only thing you can do is believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Revelation 18:4 (Amplified Bible)
18:4 I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from her, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues.