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Proverbs 13:8

verse 8: “The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor hears no rebuke.”

I never saw all of Rocky V, but I remember seeing the ending. The plot of the movie wove around Rocky’s life after Rocky IV; retired from the ring, brain damage due to accumulated blows to the head, having lost much of his fortune. He was mentoring a promising young boxer, but the young man fell under the influence of a corrupt promoter named Duke. The climatic scene had Rocky and his young protégé in a bare-knuckled street fight, with Rocky coming out the victor (surprised?) Duke kept needling Rocky during the whole confrontation, but anytime Rocky made a move toward him, he’d pull the “rich man’s excuse”: “touch me and I’ll sue!”. After Rocky defeated his traitorous protégé, Duke kept trying to get the last word. Finally, looking around at his neighbors and his wife who had witnessed the fight, Rocky hears Duke say one more time, “touch me and I’ll sue, heh, heh, heh.”….as Rocky suddenly punches Duke with a roundhouse fist to the gut! Surprised, doubled over, gasping for air, Duke looks up as Rocky says right back to him: “Sue me for what?”, as he walks off with Adrian on his arm and the neighborhood cheering.

I have a footnote about this verse in my Ryrie Bible: “A rich man may have to buy off his life while a poor man can ignore a threat.” The rich and wealthy tend to trust in their riches and status. The poor do not put their trust in such materialistic things. In most cases, fictional and real, it’s not the poor who get taken hostage for ransom, but the rich who have the means to pay such ransom. Satan is the biggest hostage-taker of all; he has throngs of people captive to sin. Only one person could pay that ransom. Jesus. And He did.

A couple more verses that my wife and I thought of:
Matthew 16:26: “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Matthew 10:28: “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Something to think about.

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