Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Seeing Christ in the Proverbs: Proverbs 15:29

The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29

The parallelism of Hebrew poetry produces many fruitful insights.  In the antithetical proverb above there is a contrast.  One of the contrasts is easy and straight forward: the wicked and the righteous. But the other contrast is imprecise: far from and hears the prayer.  It is this comparison that yields insight as we meditate on this verse.

One thing we see is that the righteous (those who belong to Christ Jesus) are in an intimate relationship with the triune God.  Believers are those who have drawn near to the Father through the Son.  Just as a father hears his children, so the heavenly Father hears the words of his children who have come to him through his Son.

Prayer is a privilege that only the children of God have.  This intimacy is unknown to those who are outside of Christ.  Just as children are always asking their parents for this and that, so we too should be asking our heavenly Father for the things we need and want.  But the wicked are far from the true God, the triune God.

Can the wicked become the righteous?  Yes, but they must confess and turn from their sins and accept Jesus Christ, God's Son.  Then, they too can live in the intimacy we as image bearers were made for, but lost through the sin of our first parents.  The very purpose of the cross was to bring us who were "far from" the Lord into a oneness with him.  At the cross, our Lord was far from the Father so that we might be near to him forever.  O the sweet intimacy we enjoy with the triune God!  We are children of the Father, through the Son, who pours his faith and love into our hearts through the Spirit he gives us generously.

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