Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 20:26 A wise king winnows the wicked and drives the wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts. 28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
Conscience, Creation And Gods Word
Today we look at three verses from Proverbs. The first; verse 26 tells us first how a wise king deals with the wicked. He winnows them and drives the wheel over them. A winnowing fan would blows the chaff off of the wheat… separating it from the edible grain. The grain is put into storehouses or sold in the market while the chaff may be disposed of by burning.
Speaking of Jesus and judgment John the Baptist uses this same metaphor In Matthew 3:12 saying: His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Solomon says the wise king also drives the wheel over them. From what I gathered, driving the wheel over them refers to the threshing wheel which was a wooden frame with three or four rollers armed with iron teeth. It was drawn by two oxen… It crushed out the grain and cut up the straw into fodder. Both are examples of Justice in making judgments by a wise king concerning evil… which point us to the justice of the Lord.
Then Solomon talks about how God gives man an inner conscience which works deep within him to shine a light on his motives.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Romans 2:14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Man truly has no good excuse for why he does not seek God and live righteously and love his neighbor. God gives us enough light to follow that light and find him. Verse 27 points us back to Judgment Day in 26 when God will separate the chaff from the wheat.
God has given us this conscience for discernment in what is false and what is true concerning Himself… whenever we look at his Creation… will we follow the light and seek our Creator? Will we see his sovereignty and care giving rain and fruit and grain and fish and all these good things while at the same time it is a broken world because of sin which should point us to our own sin? Will our conscience follow the light to that point and continue to follow it to his word which promised a Savior the Messiah who would set things right… or will we forget this light of conscience and say its a broken world and there is not God?
Then thirdly in verse 28 Solomon seems to be saying how it is Gods steadfast love and faithfulness in keeping his own word that preserves the king. And so as Solomon obeys the King of Kings from the heart and loves those in his kingdom… he shows mercy to those who repent and judges righteously and is faithful to his word he is emulating the Lord. Because the kings heart is obedient and because God always keeps his word, the king is preserved and his throne is upheld.
Thank You Father that you have given us light to look to you and see the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus. Light from your Creation, light from our conscience, and light from your word.
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Thank You Lord for bringing us into your presence at Judgment when you separate the chaff from the wheat because your Son Jesus took the payment due for our sins and you have applied his perfect righteousness to our life. Thank you for raising him up and for one day raising us. Thank you for giving us your same power that raised him to winnow sin from our own life and live lives of love and mercy towards others. Thank you for your steadfast love that never fails and for preserving us with you for eternity. In Jesus name Amen.
Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
Psalm 40:11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!