Proverbs 24:21-25
Prov 24:21 (KJB)
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
Meddle - Associate
There are many in this world who claim that they are Christians and when we see their actions, we will instantly know they are not. This verse admonishes the Christians to continue fearing the Lord and also the King, who is chosen by the Lord to rule at that time. (Isa 26:3 KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. One of the benefits we can expect when we stay our minds upon the Lord is perfect peace. The reason for that is not only are we peaceful in our spirit but also in our emotions. This verse is teaching that the Christian must not meddle or associate with those who are given to change, that is, those who can easily be swayed or persuaded to leave the law of God and become involved in evil activities. If we stay our minds upon the Lord, these kind of things will not enter our mind and when these evil acts are committed, we know for sure that we had nothing to do with them. Those who committed these acts will always be running from the law and will never know true peace.
Prov 24:22 (KJB)
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Calamity - Distress
Those who continue to disobey the laws of the land and the law of the Lord will eventually meet calamity and it will come upon them suddenly. If someone joins themselves to these evil people, then the same ruination will come upon both groups. It will not matter if only one group planned the act because if both groups carry out the evil act, then they are both guilty under the law of the land and under Godís law. This is why there is no such thing as innocence when one joins with evil people. There are always consequences for our actions.
Prov 24:23 (KJB)
These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Since Justice is a major topic in the book of Proverbs, we are reminded here that in making judgments we must never have respect of persons, that is, we must never play favorites with truth because it will gain an advantage for us. This is not only speaking of a judicial judgment but it is also speaking of making normal decisions in our everyday life. We must always be objective in our thoughts and dealings with other people. When we start holding biased opinions, there could be negative consequences attached to the outcome. Let us say that you want to put an alarm system in your house. You have a friend who owns an alarm company but his reputation stinks in the business. There is another alarm company in town but is owned by someone of a different religion and yet their reputation is impeccable. You are putting in an alarm to protect your house and family and that is what must be considered. If you choose your friend you will get sub-standard work but if you choose the other company, you will get good service. So which one do you choose? Since your family is the most important thing in the equation, you would choose the one who has the better reputation. If you choose the shoddy work of your friend, you will be the one who will face the negative consequences, not him.
Prov 24:24 (KJB)
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
(Isa 5:20 KJV) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! If there is one thing that is becoming more prevalent in todayís society, it is reversal in beliefs and philosophy. Abortion is murder because a baby is being killed but it is referred to only as a fetus and not a person. What was considered heinous sin 100 years ago is now accepted in practice and principle. There are people in politics and in every day life who bolster people who are really wicked by announcing to the people that he or she is righteous. Those in positions of power who elevate those who are rank sinners and con the people, when the truth finally comes out, they along with their appointees will be abhorred by the people of their own nations and by those of other nations. (Num 32:23 KJV) But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. The sins of public appointees are normally found out before too long and the one who appointed them is no longer trusted by the people. This would also apply to those who give false witness in a court of law. People are brought in as expert witnesses by the defense, and well paid for their time, to make excuses for the one accused of a crime. These people literally call the wicked righteous by claiming their acts were justified. This will never hold up at the Judgment Seat of Christ because if they get away with a sin here, they will never get away with it on Judgment Day. Remember when homosexuality was considered aberrant? Now it is considered an alternate lifestyle.
Prov 24:25 (KJB)
But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
Instead of a person welcoming a wicked person to some position, they are rebuked and rejected in front of all, the people will rejoice because they know that they have an honest government. If a person does not back down in a court of law as a true witness and the perpetrator is convicted, the people will have a blessing heaped on them by the fact that the guilty man was convicted and an innocent man goes free. It means there is objective law in the land. Justice is supposed to be blind but sometimes it is blind to one side.