Verse one of chapter 29 reads:
He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing
One who stubbornly ignores the rebukes that are intended to correct their wrongful deeds will eventually suffer consequences. This is true in life as you apply it to almost anything from personal relationships to employment to legal issues, and yes, to the evil they do against the Lord.
And in verse 6:
An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man sings and rejoices
The idea here is that the evil that men do often ends up as their undoing. But how do we reconcile these verses with verse 13, which reads:
The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both
This, of course, is the same thought as in Matthew 5:45, which says “for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good.” The answer is, of course, that many times the evil men do in this life does not fully catch up with them in this life. But they will not escape justice from God in the next life. Still, we should not suppose that God never brings the evil down in this life for their deeds. He just works on His own time-table, and according to His plans.
The Lord predicted the destruction of A.D. 70 (Matthew 24), and there are many more examples in the Old Testament. Just think of the fate of Eli’s house predicted in 1 Samuel 2:27-36, and the words of the prophet Nathan to David in 2 Samuel 12:1-15, among others. One could ponder about Hitler and others as well. But in any event, whether in this life of on the day of judgment, one who “stiffens his neck” will eventually be broken indeed.
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