Solomon’s Proverbs – If you are caught

I have always been fascinated by the wisdom of the ancient King of Israel, King Solomon, and the bible says he was the wisest man who has ever lived. I remember writing a short summary of what he studied during his life, and I declared that no man who has ever lived had a better resume that him. In an article called ‘God created science’ I said King Solomon was a “Botanist, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Herpetologist and Ichthyologist, and a song writer of 1 005 songs…..who also wrote 3000 proverbs”. And I asked if there ever has been a man with a better resume, and somebody said Leonardo Da Vinci’s resume was as impressive if not better. In this series, I would be looking at some of the most fascinating proverbs and teachings that King Solomon has ever written. 

Solomon says “men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold” (Proverbs 6:30-31). Solomon tells us that a thief is free from the responsibility of repaying what he stole, as long as he doesn’t get caught. But if a thief gets caught, then he will be made to pay what he stole, and pay it with interest. Unfortunately, not many thieves get caught.

A Christian was also a thief, he once broke the 8th commandment that says “you shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). For a long time a Christian was not caught, and there was little chance that he will. Because he was not caught, a Christian never had any responsibility to repay what he had stolen. But a Christian is someone who has been caught; the Law of God has caught him and found him guilty. The long hand of God’s justice finally caught up with him. Now that he has been caught, a Christian has to repay what he has stolen, and repay it with interest. There was another thief who was caught, Zacchaeus, and acknowledging his guilt he said: “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount” (Luke 19:8). Jesus never told Zacchaeus to make restitution, but the Law of God that has been written in his conscience convicted him of his sin, and he knew that he had no choice but to prove his sorrow over sin through restitution.

The bible preaches restitution for past wrongs, and it’s a problem when a person claim to have been converted yet a long time afterwards still sees no need to make restitution for his theft, lies, etc. A Christian not only has to confess and repent from sins, which is good because all sin is against God, but he also has to acknowledge that some sins were directly committed against others, as such he has to make restitution to those affected by his sins. Restitution proves the sincerity of a converted heart, even at the expense of pride and enduring shame, so a Christian can be at peace with God.

It’s not surprising that many Christians don’t even know about their need to make restitution, because the Law (Ten Commandments) has been sidelined.

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