The Wicked Man, Pt. 10

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

Psalm 10:8

In this passage about the wicked man, we have seen many of his characteristics.  From the verses we have seen so far, his main characteristic seems to be pride.  But in this verse, he is not standing before everyone and boasting about himself.  He is instead described as being in the “lurking places” and in the “secret places.”  What is he doing there?  He is murdering the innocent.

The wicked man in this passage just keeps getting worse.  We all know (even heathens who don’t know God at all) that murdering people is wrong.  But this wicked man goes even beyond murdering people: he murders innocent people!  That may have something to do with pride: he sees people around him who are innocent (and he knows that he is not) and hates them.  How do we feel about those around us who are “innocent?”

Hopefully, as Christians, we have never actually murdered anyone.  But the New Testament has a few things to say about murder and the heart.  I John 3:15 tells us that “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer…”  Matthew 5:21-22 says “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall hill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment…”  Jesus equates hating a brother with murder.  As Christians, we need to be on a higher spiritual level.  It is not enough for us to simply say “I’m not going to kill him.”  We have to go to the higher level of “I’m not even going to hate him in my heart.”  That’s not always an easy way to live.  But if we would honor the Lord, we are going to have to avoid the path of this wicked man.

I will be away from the computer for a couple of weeks.  Feel free to comment, and I will respond when I get back.  Thanks for reading and commenting and God bless!

One response to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben, for reminding us what Jesus said about hating being like murdering. God bless you and your time away!

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