“Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble
Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
The schemes of folly are sin…” (PV 24;1, 2, 8, 9)
A schemer is a man who makes secret (evil) plans; he is interested in ‘dirty’ politics and secret intrigues. He is a manipulator, using unfair means to get personal advantage. He has secret and selfish ambitions. He does not want to pay the real price for promotion so he tries to cheat others to gain advantage. A schemer tends to cause annoyance, trouble or injury to others. A schemer is a fool and a coward. He fears the opinions of men but he does not fear God. The Bible calls these men ‘evil and wicked’.
‘Their hearts plot violence’. In Hebrew the word ‘plot’ means to murmur (in pleasure or anger); to imagine, to study, to meditate or to speak. The word ‘violence’ means desolation, destruction, oppression, robbery or wasting. In other words, a schemer is a very deep person, deep in an evil way. On the surface he looks like any other man, but his heart is not simple. Day and night he studies the art of hurting someone. It takes a lot of time and energy to be a successful schemer. Many are just beginners. Some are true professionals, dangerous foxes sent by the devil to wound the unsuspected in the Body of Christ.
These schemers are found in many places, in offices, in the government and even in the churches. They seem quiet but these men are silent factories of evil, hurting and oppressing others without any guilt at all. We are commanded not to envy and not to desire them. The schemer looks confident and successful in his evil way. He may also be quite entertaining, again in his own selfish evil way. Gossip and slander can make a good story. The Christians seem foolish in comparison. Evil living is quite attractive to a foolish person. But we are commanded to reject their friendship! As a child of God, stay far from them. Men like these have nothing good to offer you. Do not sympathize with them. Do not sponsor them. Run the way you run from a snake. God will deal with them soon and you will not like to be around when God will judge them.
Jacob is known as a redeemed schemer. He deceived his old father. Together with his mother, he cheated his brother Esau to gain the inheritance and the blessings of a first son. But God dealt with him, for he was called to be among the fathers of Israel. Later God changed his name to Israel, meaning ‘a prince with God’, signifying total repentance and a new identity. Haman is another example. He was a total evil schemer. He was a selfish and very ambitious man. But God overturned his evil plans and the promotion he so much desired went to his worst enemy. Eventually he died on the gallows he built for Mordecai. Another ‘classical’ example is the wicked queen Jezebel. She always had an evil approach to all things. She organized the killing of an innocent man, their neighbor Naboth. She made it seem as a natural event, but God knew that she hired wicked men to lie and kill. For the shedding of his innocent blood, Jezebel died a terrible death.
This is a great warning here. A schemer may be quite successful in hiding his wicked plans from other people. But no one can hide from God. Eventually the evil man shall be destroyed by the very plot he planned for others.
“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him…whoever breaks a wall, will be bitten by a snake… He who is pregnant with evil will give birth to disillusionment” (PV 26:27; Ecc 10:8; Ps 7:14)
Please listen! It just does not pay to live as an evil person. The end is pain, sorrow, shame, bitterness, dead dreams and a life time of regret. Please remember, the Almighty God hates and judges evil. That is why Jesus died. There is no other reason why the Son of God died on the Cross. He died because of our sins, evil and wickedness. No other Blood could appease the wrath of God. Look at the Cross and repent. No wicked man shall escape the judgment of God! You cannot repent after death. Repent now! Today is the day of salvation! These words may seem childish to you, but these words are true. They are not mine… Go to the Bible and you shall find them there… I pray for you… that you search your hearts and come to Jesus! There is room at the Cross of for you…there is no other hope anywhere in the universe…Come to Jesus! Oh, Sinner, come home!