Proverbs 1 – Comeuppance

31 Days of Proverbs Devotional Reading

10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
    do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
    let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
    let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
    and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
    we will all share the loot”—
15 my son, do not go along with them,
    do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
    they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
    where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
    they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
    it takes away the life of those who get it.

Proverbs 1:10-19 NIV

There’s a lot of take in there. Yesterday we had mama’s advice and now we have a different king sharing fatherly advice to his son. It can be summarized like this: don’t hang out with goof balls. They will get what’s coming to them. You don’t want to be around them when it does.

It’s very clear to me that many times in literature and film, there is an protagonist (the hero) and the antagonist (villain.) Many times in these mediums, the climax of the story is one where the hero over comes the villain and the villain falls because of their general terribleness. Take the movie “The Incredibles” for instance. Near the end of the film, the “wanna be” superhero Syndrome has failed to destroy the Incredibles. So he does the next best thing: kidnap their infant child by flying away with him. Little did he know that Jack-jack (the child’s name) had been developing super powers. This freaks out his kidnapper and he drops the baby (mom and dad save him.) But Syndrome attempts to get away in a jet plane, his arrogant cape fluttering behind him.

Mr. Incredible tosses a car at the plane, damaging it and Syndrome is sucked backwards (by his cape) into the jet engine. It’s kind of morbid, especially for a kid’s movie. But we think to early in the film when it’s revealed that Syndrome had been killing super powered individuals just to advance his own technology to look like a super.

Solomon says don’t go along with people who have ill-intent. Don’t be pursued by villains. They might promise great things, equal share in the plunder. You will also get equal share when they get their “comeuppance.”

Now the bible doesn’t say, “What goes around comes around.” But Solomon’s no slacker. He’s seen this scenario play out and he doesn’t want that for his son. When we see destructive patterns in people, it’s best to not join in their “fun.”

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