Proverbs 10:30 (Mini Sermon)


30. Pro 10:30 – "The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth." A. The righteous shall never be removed: i. Definitions a. Righteous adj. – 1. a. Of persons: Just, upright, virtuous; guiltless, sinless; conforming to the standard of the divine or the moral law; acting rightly or justly. b. Remove v. – I. trans. 1. a. To move or shift from or out of the place occupied; to lift or push aside; to lift up and take away; to take off. b. To take away, withdraw, from a place, person, etc.; to raise, abandon (a siege). Also refl. to betake oneself away. c. To take or convey away from a place; to keep apart, separate. Also removed, taken away by death. c. In other words, just, upright, and virtuous people who conform themselves to the standard of God's law and act justly will never be taken away from the earth. ii. Righteous people will sometimes be removed from their property or country temporarily because of the sin of their nation. a. Jeremiah is an example of this (Jer 43:5-7). b. So are Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan 1:1-8). c. But generally speaking, God will bless the righteous to dwell and remain in the land He has given them (Pro 2:21). iii. But the righteous will never finally and eternally removed from the earth. a. God is going to create a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2Pe 3:13; Rev 22:14). b. The righteous will inherit that earth (Psa 25:12-14; Psa 37:9, 11, 22; Mat 5:5; Luk 20:35). c. There will be no going out once the righteous receive their eternal inheritance in the new earth (Heb 9:15). d. The old earth will be removed (Psa 46:2), but the righteous will never be removed. iv. The righteous (the just who conform themselves to God's law and act justly) will never be removed from the church and the faith of the Jesus Christ. a. They are steadfast and unmovable (1Co 15:58; 1Co 16:13; Php 4:1; Heb 10:23; Col 1:23; 2Th 2:15; Eph 6:13-14; Psa 66:9). b. They are rooted and grounded in the truth and in the love of Christ (Eph 3:17; Col 2:6-7). c. The root of the righteous shall not be moved (Pro 12:3). d. They that trust in the Lord shall not be removed (Psa 125:1). B. but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. i. Definitions a. Wicked n. – 1. Bad in moral character, disposition, or conduct; inclined or addicted to wilful wrong-doing; practising or disposed to practise evil; morally depraved. (A term of wide application, but always of strong reprobation, implying a high degree of evil quality.) b. Inhabit v. – 1. trans. To dwell in, occupy as an abode; to live permanently or habitually in (a region, element, etc.); to reside in (a country, town, dwelling, etc.). Said of men and animals. c. In other words, those who are morally depraved, practice evil, are bad in moral character, and who are inclined to willful wrong-doing will not dwell, occupy, and permanently live in the earth. ii. The wicked will temporarily inhabit the earth. a. They often rule it (Psa 37:35) and live lavishly upon it (Psa 17:13-14; Psa 73:3-7; Jer 5:28). b. Sometimes their time is short upon it (Job 36:13-14; Ecc 7:17; Psa 55:23), and sometimes it's relatively long (Ecc 8:12). c. Regardless, they will eventually be cut off from this earth and rooted out of it (Pro 2:22). iii. The wicked will not inhabit the new earth. a. Nothing evil will inhabit that holy place (Isa 35:8; Isa 52:1; Rev 21:27; Rev 22:15). b. They will be removed from this earth and cast into the lake of fire (Mat 13:30, 40, 49-50; Rev 20:15).
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