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He Who Justifies the Wicked

December 21, 2018


He Who Justifies the Wicked

This world is filled  with all sorts  of wickedness.    We hear of it  on the news  and sometimes see it happen nearby.     The more surprising thing is when a lawyer  will stand up strongly  for an obvious criminal  and claim he should not be blamed  for his crime,  because…………     Their lists of excuses are long and inventive.     Then,  the criminal is set free  to commit another serious crime — and we wonder  where the justice is.

Proverbs 17:15  mentions such injustice.    It says,

He who justifies  the wicked,  and he who condemns  the righteous,    
Both of them alike  are an abomination  to the LORD.

In the second chapter of Matthew  we see an example  of such injustice,  that   “justifies the wicked”  and  “condemns the righteous”.      It’s the story  of how King Herod jealously wanted  to protect his kingship  by getting the wise men  to show him  where the Christ child was,  so that he could kill the baby Jesus.     When that evil plan failed,  he wickedly sent his soldiers  to kill all the baby boys  in the area.     He wanted  to be sure no one else  could become king  in his place.     God made sure he failed  at his objective  in that, too.     The baby Jesus was saved,  but many other innocents  were killed.

Herod justified his wicked plans — and condemned the righteous Christ child,  the Savior of the world.     Proverbs says  such people  are an abomination  in God’s  sight,  and they will suffer eternal damnation.

One might nod  in agreement  with God’s verdict.     But,  how often do ordinary people  do something very similar.     Sure,  they don’t go on a killing rampage,  but their tongues  and actions  are meant  to definitely harm the innocent and righteous.     They are hateful and spiteful  towards the righteous  for no other reason  than plain ol’  jealousy and hatred.

In many ways,  people can be just like  little “King Herods”.

In a hatred towards Christianity,  they try to spitefully ruin  all Christian celebrations  and enforce their godlessness upon everyone else.     While others may not be  in agreement  with the core beliefs  of the godless,  they will justify their actions  in a way  that still condemns the righteous.     All these  actions and attitudes  are an abomination  to the LORD.

People are free  to choose whatever they “want”  to believe,  but that doesn’t make them right  or good  in all eternity.     No matter what we  “want”   to believe  in this life,  there is nothing  that will change  the reality  of God’s power and authority  over all things.     The LORD God will be the final  Judge  we must all face,  whether we want to or not.

Will we see God  in the nakedness  of all our gross sins — or will we see God  as we are clothed  in the righteousness of faith  in Jesus Christ,  our Savior?

As we live  for our Lord  and in His ways,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  only You can make me righteous and holy,  through Your blood.     Guide all  of my thoughts,  feelings,  and ways  to be pleasing in Your sight.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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