“My son, if sinners entice you, don’t be persuaded. If they say–”Come with us! Let’s set an ambush and kill someone. Let’s attack some innocent person just for fun!”…they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.” Proverbs 1:10-11,18.
The Book of Proverbs is one of the most unique books in all the Bible. It is the centerpiece of what is known as the “Books of Wisdom” within the Bible, as it contains many maxims and pieces of advice for godly living. The most interesting aspect about Proverbs is the way in which it is written; the book’s narrator is a father who is passing on wisdom and knowledge to his son. Most scholars attribute Proverbs to King Solomon, which makes sense; Solomon was the wisest man to have ever lived. He certainly would have had much knowledge to pass on to his sons.
In this particular passage, Solomon implores his son to avoid the ways of the wicked, violent, and godless. All life is sacred; those who shed another’s blood for no reason violate this fundamental principle. Yet, many suffer daily from the violent actions of others; families are torn apart, lives are lost, and it seems like the cycle of violence goes on and on.
Whether it be drugs and crime in an inner-city, or terrorism abroad, those that seek a life to get rich quick through killing the innocent will get their just desserts. Solomon tells his son that “they [the murderers] set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.” Those that shed blood will have their own blood demanded of them.
God desires all lives to be treated as sacred, and for all lives to be protected. God has been opposed to murder since the very first murder was committed. God told Cain that his murdered brother Abel’s blood “cries out to Me from ground!” How much blood cries out to God today from every corner of the world? Any teaching that endorses the taking of an innocent life is not of God. God expressly prohibits the murder of innocent life, and Solomon reinforces this teaching to his son. Stay away from those who teach the blasphemy that murder is ever acceptable.
Pray for those who have been affected by violence. Pray for those whose families are grieving.