Summary: To show the mentality of the bible is rebuke the wicked, there's a blessing. Protect the wicked and curse will follow.
Have you been blessed by GOD for rebuking someone?
Yes, many times.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show the mentality of the bible is rebuke the wicked, there's a blessing. Protect the wicked and curse will follow.
Proverbs 24:24-25 (Amplified Bible)
24:24 He who says to the wicked, You are righteous and innocent — peoples will curse him, nations will defy and abhor him.
24:25 But to those [upright judges] who rebuke the wicked, it will go well with them and they will find delight, and a good blessing will be upon them.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are using my mouth to speak GOD's WORDS not to flatter but to correct for there's blessing afterwards.
Rebuke the wicked and blessing will come
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. If you say to the wicked you are righteous and innocent
1. People will curse you
2. Nations will defy you
3. Nations will abhor you
"24:24 He who says to the wicked, You are righteous and innocent — peoples will curse him, nations will defy and abhor him."
Wicked or "rasha" in Hebrew means:
1. morally wrong
2. bad person
In the bible, a wicked person is someone who is not in relationship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST or rejects the offer of salvation and grace on the cross of calvary. It's not by works or deeds.
Righteous or "tsaddyq" in Hebrew means: just, lawful, righteous
Righteous people are those with relationship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Relationship with the LORD JESUS is important and prioritized not religion.
Abhor - means to hate extremely, or with contempt; to lothe, detest or abominate [source: Webster's dictionary]
Proverbs 17:15 (Amplified Bible)
17:15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination [exceedingly disgusting and hateful] to the Lord.
Exodus 23:7 (Amplified Bible)
23:7 Keep far from a false matter and [be very careful] not to condemn to death the innocent and the righteous, for I will not justify and acquit the wicked.
Isaiah 5:20 (Amplified Bible)
5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Nations are people. Unbelievers usually do this because they have their own personal agenda.
A chairman of the homeowner's association in a squatter-infested village, many times appointed a drunkard to be peace and order, and protected a squatter instead of the righteous, for a while and for now, she's successful, but later on, the truth will come out and she will end out being cursed, defied (to dare, to provoke to combat or strife, to be challenged) and abhorred (to hate extremely, to despise or neglect, to cast off, or to reject).
Similar instances in the bible:
1. Barabbas was notorious yet pronounce innocent by Pontius Pilate