Bribery Works

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Daily Reading: 1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalm 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8

Daily Verse: “A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;  wherever he turns he prospers.” Prov. 17:8

Bribery works.

Sohad, the original Hebrew word for a bribe, means gift. In today’s verse, the term refers to something that will open doors. When I yell “treat,” my dogs run to the kitchen, knowing something good awaits them.   Using dog biscuits gets my pups to do what I want.

Moms use Cheerios to reward children when potty training them. The promise of rewards encourages positive behavior. Bribes of this nature cause people to prosper because of proper motives.

In Exodus 23:8, the Law prohibits bribes made in secret that pervert the way of justices (Prov. 17:23). Payoffs to get someone out of trouble or promote illegal actions don’t fall into the same category as Sohad.

As always, God measures the heart and its intentions. He knows the difference between a bribe meant for good versus evil. Positive choices have positive outcomes and evil ways get exposed.

Appropriate gifts given at the proper time prosper.

Lord, forgive us for using bribery for the wrong reasons. As we study this verse, it helps us understand its meaning and use it appropriately. Let us use our resources to open the right doors properly. IJNIP. Amen

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