Book: Proverbs 6
“Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house.”
We as humans seem to be able to come up with excuses for the things we do that are wrong. Sometimes we blame others and sometimes we blame our circumstances. Notice in this proverb that the person is identified first as a thief and then as stealing for food. Why did he steal? Because he was very hungry. The result of his actions and getting caught would result in him paying a very high price, seven times the price of what he had stolen. It does not matter the reason for stealing. If you steal you are guilty.
As I read this proverb, I think, “Why would the thief not sell what he had in his home to buy food?” Was it because he wanted to hold on to his precious belongings and prefer to take from someone else?
The prophet Nathan came before King David and told him a story that God wanted him to hear.
“There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.” (2 Samuel 12:1-4). David was very upset and thought it was a true story. Nathan then pointed the finger at him and said that David was the one that had done this by stealing Uriah’s wife (and life). David had really wanted Bathsheba, another man’s wife even though he already had several.
It is important that in all our ways we obey God, the King and not come up with excuses to do that which He sees as wrong. More and more in our culture it is acceptable to make up stories, give misinformation and tell out right lies to get what you want. The term “post-truth” is where facts are less important than feelings, emotions and the end result. This fits very much into the thinking of the thief in this proverb. Let me suggest that “post-truth” is a fancy and less convicting way of calling sin, sin!