What is a person to do when they fall down? Does he or she stay down, or does the person get back up?
The genuine soul falls as an explorer may do, by faltering at some stone in his way; however, he gets up, and goes on his way with more consideration and speed. The writer might be utilizing “falls” not in the feeling of falling into transgression, yet in the feeling of being overpowered by disaster. The righteous ought to emerge from whatever transitory disaster is brought upon them.
Undoubtedly, many preachers have discussed how a good man may fall into trouble or sin, but that just man never gives in. He looks to God in repentance and rises back up into service. God never forsakes a repentant sinner but will deliver him out of his transgressions. (Job 5:19, Psalm 34:19, Psalm 37:24)
Seven times refers to often or plural. The number seven is also the number for completeness. (Proverbs 6:31, Proverbs 26:16, Genesis 4:24, Matthew 18:21-22)
A just man does not fall from his righteousness for it is an everlasting one, nor from the grace of God.
However, he may fall into temptation and sin, as every just man does.
Every day man stands in need of freshly applying the pardoning grace of God, for which he is directed to pray daily.
Interestingly with the recuperation and restoration of the just man, when the wicked endure calamity there is no recovery for them. (Proverbs 14:32, Psalm 6:8, Psalm 119:115)
The wicked shall fall into mischief where they will lie in it and never rise from it. They will fall into punishment to which there is no delivery.
How many believers have fallen and how many looked up to Jesus and were able to get back up and continued to serve the Lord? Simon Peter fell many times, and yet he got back up. (Matthew 14:29, Matthew 26:69-75, 1 John 1:7-9, Hebrews 13:5)
The purpose of the teaching is not the risk of good men to fall or stumble, yet God’s continued grace and mercy for man.
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