THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE: THE DESTINY OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED (DAY 1)

INTRODUCTION

Today, wisdom advises you to love, search and hunger for justice because wisdom comes only to those who love and search for justice and flies from those who are deceitful. He also warns you to be very careful of what you say because God knows your feeling and thoughts, and hears all you say.

Destiny of the righteous and the wicked

Solomon also reminds you that God did not create death, rather the ungodly people brought death on themselves by the things they have said and done, He advice you not to bring your own death by sinful activities. He also warns you about wicked thinking. Never think up evil against your brother neighbor or the poor, rather try to live a holy and blameless life which attracts rewards from God.



Solomon also reveals to you the destiny of the righteous and the wicked according to him, the righteous are protected by God and will never suffer torment, even if they die, it is not a disaster because they are at peace with God.
According to Solomon, the wicked will also get the punishment of their wicked thoughts deserve because they rebelled against the Lord and ignored is right. Also all their descendants are under a curse.


TODAY’S READING (Wisdom 1.1-3.13)

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THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE (1.1-1.5)

1 Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth, think of the Lord in goodness and seek him with sincerity of heart;
2 because he is found by those who do not put him to the test, and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.
3 For perverse thoughts separate people from God, and when his power is tested, it exposes the foolish;
4 because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, or dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
5 For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit, and will leave foolish thoughts behind, and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness.

GOD IS AWARE OF WHAT WE SAY (1.6-1.11)

6 For wisdom is a kindly spirit, but will not free blasphemers from the guilt of their words; because God is witness of their inmost feelings, and a true observer of their hearts, and a hearer of their tongues.
7 Because the spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and that which holds all things together knows what is said,
8 therefore those who utter unrighteous things will not escape notice, and justice, when it punishes, will not pass them by.
9 For inquiry will be made into the counsels of the ungodly, and a report of their words will come to the Lord, to convict them of their lawless deeds;
10 because a jealous ear hears all things, and the sound of grumbling does not go unheard.
11 Beware then of useless grumbling, and keep your tongue from slander; because no secret word is without result, and a lying mouth destroys the soul.

GOD DID NOT CREATE DEATH (1.12-1.16)

12 Do not invite death by the error of your life, or bring on destruction by the works of your hands;
13 because God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.
14 For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
15 For righteousness is immortal.
16 But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death; considering him a friend, they pined away and made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his company.

WICKED THINKING (2.1-2.24)

1 For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, "Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end, and no one has been known to return from Hades.
2 For we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been, for the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts;
3 when it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes, and the spirit will dissolve like empty air.
4 Our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will remember our works; our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and be scattered like mist that is chased by the rays of the sun and overcome by its heat.
5 For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back.
6 "Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist, and make use of the creation to the full as in youth.
7 Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let no flower of spring pass us by.
8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.
9 Let none of us fail to share in our revelry; everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment, because this is our portion, and this our lot.
10 Let us oppress the righteous poor man; let us not spare the widow or regard the gray hairs of the aged.
11 But let our might be our law of right, for what is weak proves itself to be useless."
12 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training.
13 He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord.
14 He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
15 the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange.
16 We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father.
17 Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
18 for if the righteous man is God's child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
19 Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance.
20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."
21 Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them,
22 and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hoped for the wages of holiness, nor discerned the prize for blameless souls;
23 for God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of his own eternity,
24 but through the devil's envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.

THE DESTINY OF THE RIGHTEOUS (3.1-3.9)

1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.
2 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
3 and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.
4 For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality.
5 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
6 like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
7 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.
8 They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them forever.
9 Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.

THE DESTINY OF THE WICKED (3.10-3.13A)

10 But the ungodly will be punished as their reasoning deserves, those who disregarded the righteous and rebelled against the Lord; for those who despise wisdom and instruction are miserable. Their hope is vain, their labors are unprofitable, and their works are useless.
12 Their wives are foolish, and their children evil;
13a their offspring are accursed.

WISE QUOTE FOR DAY 1

Do not invite death by the error of your life, or bring on destruction by the works of your hands (wisdom 1.12)

CLOSING PRAYER FOR DAY 1

(Recite with deep faith)
Lord Jesus, help me to love, hunger, search and find justice and make it my companion. May I always remember that you are aware of every word that comes out of my mouth and never bring my own death by sinful actions. May wicked and evil thoughts be far from me so that the destiny of the righteous will be my portion – Amen.


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