Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
The sixth comic of Fools Made Wise starts with Pop praising James for being such a hard worker and someone he can always depend on. James is visibly encouraged by this, but Leroy is facing the opposite direction, scowling angrily.
Seeing that Leroy is frustrated, Pop turns his attention to him (to bless him in some way). But Leroy can’t hear his father calling him; he is too lost in his jealousy. As the scene progresses, Leroy’s anger spirals into a hatred for his brother (“Just wait until Leroy…”).
Pop, getting a bit frustrated himself now, finally gets through to Leroy, and asks him why he is so angry. Leroy responds with four words: he’s better than me. James turns around and points out that Leroy’s response is technically five words. Like a volcano, Leroy spews out his frustration with yet another way James is better than him.
Proverbs 10:6 tells us that blessings are on the head of the righteous (as seen by Pop blessing James with kind words about his work ethic and
dependability). It contrasts this with violence covering the mouth of the wicked (as seen in Leroy’s angry words and demeanor towards his brother). This Proverb reminds us that blessings usually follow those who are righteous (i.e. those who are in right standing with God through Jesus), whereas angry words and deeds cover those who are far from him.
In sum, being at peace with God through Jesus Christ is the ultimate blessing that leads to all sorts of blessings in this life and the next… whereas NOT being a peace with God through Jesus Christ causes all sorts of internal and external strife both in this life and the next. The choice is ours!
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