Characteristics of a Wicked Ruler

Series: Proverbs

by George McFarland August 6, 2014 Scripture: Proverbs 28:15

Proverbs 28:15

Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
    is a wicked ruler over a poor people.  

If you remember some history, you may be able to identify several qualities of a wicked ruler. You need not go too far back in history to discover such a man—they certainly are not hard to find. The Scriptures speak about a “wise” ruler and the “wicked” ruler. Proverbs 28:15 gives us some of those qualities for our benefit and knowledge.

Wicked rulers often oppress the people—especially the “poor.” The poor are without political power and have no money; therefore, they are prone to be used by political authorities. Rulers have what the poor do not have and can use that to their advantage and purpose.

The Scriptues compare the wicked rulers to “roaring lions” and “a charging bear.” In what way is this true? For one thing, these “beasts” speak of the wicked ruler in terms of his character. He is like the beasts of prey who “war on the innocent and weak.” He is wild and savage, without reason or humanity. As well these beasts speak of the destruction and mischief the wicked ruler employs. He is very dreadful and very greedy. Like the roaring lion, he makes others tremble from his threats; like the hungry bear, he devours all within sight.

Let us then appeal to our God to restrain the evil in our world, especially of those in political circles who seek destruction and disorder. And let us give thanks to our God for his kindness in giving us reasonable and just rulers.