Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 10:13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
An Allegory of Repentance
Come forward and plead your case before the king!
The fist man crawled to the center of the courtyard and spoke not, nor did he lift his head. The king ask him in a booming voice, "Why have you stolen from my flocks?"
Without lifting his head the man replied; "Oh great and mighty King it was out of my own foolishness that I stole from you, My family was in great need for food and as I looked on your abundance I removed two goats from your herds to provide for my family. I understand this was wrong and will repay you double in due time and anything else that you desire i will do!"
The King said to the book keeper, “Strike all his debt from the book; he shall be given no punishment. Return to your family and take heed to never act in such manner again lest you be greatly punished."
Then the book keeper called for the second man.
The second man walked up tho the center of the courtroom and waited to plead his case.
The king said, “Why have you taken from my treasury?“
"Oh king, I was also in despair because my family and I where in need. So I took just a small amount from all of your great riches. Just a few coins from your multitude. What I have taken is less than half of a days wages so I shall return it to you if you wish... but please let me go now and remove my debt just as you did the man before me. For why should I remain here, after all he had a much greater debt than I and he was set free... I would like justice as well!"
The King stood and shouted "Foolish man! You shall have Justice given to you! It was not because of the small amount owed that I let him go, but it was because of the knowledge of his sin and the repentance in his heart! You have no such knowledge!! Guards take him to the dungeons until his family has paid his debt 10 times over; maybe this will show him that no offense against the king is a small one."