Proverbs 2:22, But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
The father uses comforting words to describe the future of the upright.
The upright are dwelling people, the upright are remaining people.
There is a continuance for the upright.
The upright have a future. There is hope for the upright.
But the words that the father uses to describe the wicked are violent words, words without hope.
And note that the father uses the word wicked and the word transgressor.
Good Bible words but words not used in this modern age.
Not good self esteem words for they are words that describe the condition of the heart.
Man likes to define these words in the confines of outward actions for definitions that are built on outward actions alone, therein the natural man finds comfort.
Son, man says look at my outward actions.
And man complies because man cannot do otherwise.
Man looks on the outward appearance for he can look no deeper.
He says I am not wicked. I live a moral life.
I pay my bills, I don't abuse my children.
I am faithful to my mate. I support my community.
Nowadays we can boast that we are faithful consumers of the world's goods.
Isn't that our purpose in this modern world.
Man loves to exclude wickedness by describing results.
This is always worldly.
For the deceitful heart can manufacture results that appeal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
Modern man is perfecting this to a high level through psychology and its behavior modification.
Behavior modification is simply the perfecting of hypocrisy.
Perfectly putting on the outward to cover perfectly the wickedness of the inward.
But God looks on the heart when he defines wickedness for he says that all your righteousness’ are as filthy rags.
He says you cannot come to me with righteousness that is built on the outward.
That moral life,
that good credit record,
that kindness to your children,
that faithfulness to your mate
and your goodness to your community
is but filthy rags when it comes from a heart that transgresses the law of God,
a heart that is un-reconciled to God, a heart that is unsanctified or impenitent.
Even the plowing of the wicked is sin because it comes from an unrepentant heart.
The man who defines wickedness in the confines of outward appearance is only defining it that way because he only desires to please man.
And the more perfect an outward appearance man can make the more man is pleased.
Man thinks that man is the only judge to be pleased and excludes God as the judge, for the wicked man is faithless.
But God says those that think that way, the wicked, shall be cut off, the wicked shall be rooted out.
The word cut in this proverb means to cut off, to cut down or to cut asunder.
It is a violent word. Think of it as the cutting by an ax or hatchet.
It means to destroy or consume. It means to be chewed.
The word rooted means to tear away, to pluck, to destroy.
It is what you do when you pull weeds.
You pull them without any care for the weed whatsoever.
You have no intention of saving a weed.
The only thing the weed is good for, is burning.
That is what happens to the wicked and the transgressors.
They are only good for burning!
God describes this judgment of the wicked clearly in Psalm 52:5-7
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
This man piled on, and piled on more and more riches but each pile declares his wickedness more clearly.
As the Psalm says "He strengthened himself in his wickedness."
By his trust in the abundance of his riches the grip of his wickedness grows stronger and stronger and he is without escape from its clutches.
God's plan is clear and it awaits the fullness of the harvest as we read in:
Psalm 92:7, When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
God will harvest the grass when the grass is full, when the grass does flourish.
Every time you pull a weed and cast it aside remember the fate of the wicked.
Later in the book of Proverbs this godly father will remind his son that the wicked shall not inhabit the earth and the Lord even casteth away the substance of the wicked.
He will tell him that the name of the wicked shall rot and as the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more.
He will tell him that the expectation of the wicked is wrath; all other expectations shall perish as the lamp of the wicked is put out.
This godly father shrinks not from calling it as God calls it.
This godly father does not paint a rosy picture of the man or woman apart from God.
This godly father allows no hope for the wicked as many compromisers do today, hoping themselves to gain a following.
No, he paints a real picture that displays the true nature of the man or woman who knows not God.
God makes the difference son, and only God.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, son and that includes you.
Isaiah 53:6, All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
We are all fallen and none can get up.
And the only one who can help us is God.
If God doesn't help then there is no help.
Although men through the centuries have spurned this truth and continue to search for help in man, all efforts have come to naught for he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption.
That is the only possible result that can come of man's effort to be acceptable before an holy God.
And therefore, Son, the: wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.