Proverbs in 365 Devotions

Proverbs 28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

His Kingdom Is

An Everlasting Kingdom

R Aylor

“When a land transgresses” I think this might be paraphrased as: when the people of a land sin… Solomon says they will have many rulers. That does make sense in my mind because though sin makes a lot of promises, it never satisfies the people of the land. So many times I think that the leadership reflected the sinfulness of the people… and Solomon seems to make that connection because he begins talking about the sin of the people being reflected in the number of rulers and he ends the verse speaking of a man of understanding… i suspect that would be a good ruler… he brings long periods of stability so there's a connection there also.  

Anyway, as for the people… since sin does not bring true satisfaction its typical that they might wind up blaming the leadership for all their discontentment instead of their sin. So in times of monarchs oftentimes there would be assassinations or overthrows of the government and new rulers would take their place.

This blaming of our leadership still happens today I believe… when really it’s a sin problem. And the thing is… when those who love wickedness blame discontentment on leadership instead of their sin, they think more wickedness will satisfy them and so we have this bent towards voting with a bent towards a candidate who promises to implement laws that fulfill our lusts like less lawfulness and more free stuff… and so we progressively become more of an evil society with more and more rulers increasing in wickedness.

As for the kings of Israel and Judah… there were times when evil kings reigned long because God decreed it… Manasseh was one and he reigned 55 years.  But 4 bad kings only reigned a few months while good kings like David reigned 40 years and Solomon 40, Asa 41, Joash 40, Uzziah 52… Still Solomon did say “When a land transgresses, it has many rulers”, and thats the way it played out overall. If I counted correctly, over the 439 years of kings altogether between Israel and Judah there were 32 wicked kings and only 10 godly kings.

All this being said… Of course much has been my thoughts and trying to wrap my mind around the verse… Let me read it again:


Proverbs 28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

Again I think we can see a correlation between ourselves and God here.

A wicked man (one without Jesus righteousness applied and working out in his life) is ruled over by sin. He goes from one thing to another in this world seeking to find satisfaction. Like Solomon says about a wicked people… this person also has many rulers. We are slaves to sin… Our free will is restricted to the things this world promises for satisfaction. But as CS Lewis indicated… we were not created for this world. So when the time comes that God opens our eyes to see Jesus as beautiful… when we see his glory… when we see him as the greatest treasure in the Universe, more so than anything the world could ever offer… Then with delight we look to him as our ruler and we become children of his kingdom with peace and satisfaction and eternal stability with him.

I’ll close with
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


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