Continued from Part 1
n the 1st part, we read several utterances of both king Solomon and Asaph, a Levite who had watched the wicked people proper and had thought that God rewards evil people with prosperity but realized at the end that the end of evil doers is catastrophe. They concluded that it pays to remain on the path of godliness all the time even if the journey is rough.
I want to remind you of the life of king David in the Bible. He had many wives, yet he coveted and slept with beautiful Bathsheba, the only wife of a man called Uriah (2 Sam 11).
After Bathsheba reported to the king that their adulterous act had resulted into pregnancy, king David in attempt to cover his sin, organized the murder of Uriah and he inherited Bathsheba.
King David thought that his atrocity had been covered. What a deceit and misconception.
He had forgotten that there was someone who nothing anyone does is hidden from Him and who has vowed that for the oppression of the poor, He will rise (Psalm 12.5). He is God almighty. And at the appropriate time, He meted justice to king David.
Because David murdered an innocent blood, the Lord pronounced that 'Sword will never depart from his house' (2 Samuel 12: 10) and thus it was till today.
A number of murder occurred among his children (2Sam.13).
At his old age, his son Absalom staged a coup against him and David ran out of his palace (2 Samuel 15).
You may want to argue that, this story was hundreds of years ago. Listen to this.
I was with a group of people one day when a certain man passed by; unkempt, poverty written conspicuously over him.
Some people in the group shook their head. They re-called when the man was in the government service and in the inspectorate of the Works division. His job was to supervise housing construction awarded to contractors.
It was said that if any contractor refuses to give this man, whatever amount he demanded as gratification, that construction will not be approved.
In fact, it was reported that several times, he ordered houses to be pulled down at different stages, putting contractors into bad losses.
These people believe that it is nemesis that has caught up with him and he was receiveing his deserved judgement from God with his condition at old age.
I hope those of you who are still in government job are listening. I hope you Police men and men of Customs are listening.
When we see wicked people, cheaters, fraudsters, prosper, it is a mistake to think that everything is fine with them. We are often not able to see what goes on with them inwards.
Given the opportunity to be close to them, reveals that often they have no peace because they have sold and exchanged their peace for worldly riches, which they will leave behind in a matter of time and which eventually will become someone else possession.
How do you expect them to have peace of mind when their actions in the pursuit of worldly riches or power have thrown some innocent people into discomfort, sorrow and even death in some instances.
When a man loses his peace, it is impossible for him or her to be in good health and it will be impossible for Doctors to help him because they will not be able to specify or diagnose his health complaints. The Doctor has no instrument to diagnose such a thing.
This fellow will only be shuttling from one part of the world to the other, shopping for the best doctors. Unfortunately they will not be able to help because no Doctor has medicine for peace of mind. Only repentance and restitution can restore his health.
Will the destiny or blood of those he has cheated give him rest?
After Cain murdered Abel in cold blood on the farm, God told Cain that the cry of Abel's blood has reached Him. "The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground" (Gen. 4:10.
Ecclesiastes 5:8 says: If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest is watching.
And who is this that is higher than the highest, other than the almighty God Himself?
And hear what this almighty says in Psalms 12:5
"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."
To be contd