Against Evil Works

“Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil”(Ecclesiastes 8:11).

Solomon spoke in Ecclesiastes 8, about keeping the King’s command. He said that a man’s wisdom makes his face shine and it changes the hardness of his face. He said to keep the King’s rules because of God’s oath to him. “Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way” (Ecclesiastes 8:5). There is a time and place for everything, although man’s trouble weighs him down. This is because he does not know what to do, as he does not know what lies ahead of him. Solomon later said that those who fear God will do well.He saw the burial of the wicked, who they were praised when they went in and out of the temple.

The conclusion was that the sentence against an evil deed was not always executed speedily. As a result of this, people set their hearts to do evil. Although a sinner did evil a hundred times and continued to live, nevertheless it will be well with those who fear God. “But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God” (Ecclesiastes 8:13). Solomon’s conclusion is that man cannot know or predict the ways of God. He spoke of vanity taking place in the earth which is ‘excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements’ (OxfordLanguages).

As a result of this vanity, wicked people are affected by the righteous and the righteous are affected by the wicked. Solomon’s advice was that we find joy, because there is no way of knowing about all the things of God. David also said, “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:2-3). We can see where Solomon got his philosophical nature from and his ability to observe the ways of people. David also observed how the wicked appeared, to have no trouble and seemed to live long lives. As he continued to observe, he soon understood God’s reward for the wicked.

“Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin” (Psalm 73:18). In the end, the wicked are destroyed like grass and cut off from the living. There is indeed a way that seems right to a man, but the end is death (Proverbs 14:12). There are people who are playing church and have lived a double life for many years. Many people are fooled into believing, that they are getting away with their unrepentant and presumptuous sins. God is not mocked, he is a jealous God and many sins are visited upon the children of the wicked, up to the third and forth generation. No sin goes unpunished and either people repent or they will reap the consequences. Presumptuous sins can lead to a lifetime in eternal damnation and can also create consequences for the next generation.


10 thoughts on “Against Evil Works

  1. The sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily- I think that is God’s patience with the people as he is long suffering and slow to anger. But he is also a just and holy God and therefore every sin has a consequence. Either in forgiveness if there is genuine repentance or in punishment and eventual eternal consequences. God cannot be mocked indeed, just because he gives us grace does not mean we go on intentionally sinning.
    A good word Anneta.

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    1. Amen 🙏🏾. The lack of speed can create frustration from the righteous who are wronged at times. I have seen justice meted out quite speedily before at times and I suppose it depends. This is why Solomon concluded that we cannot fully understand God. Bless you Manu. 🙏🏾❤️

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  2. Great reminder now we know that God hates the death of sinners so he he gives them time repent and hoping that us who are saved we make intersession for the rain of the HolySpirit to reach their dry hearts and aftewards we reach out to them with the gospel

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