Comeuppance

Friday, October 27, 2017

8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also (2 Timothy 3).

According to Jewish tradition, Jannes and Jambres were the two magicians who first opposed Moses in Pharaoh’s court (Exodus 7:10-12), but then in the end were among those few Egyptians who accompanied the Jews out of Egypt—who then helped persuade Aaron to make a golden calf, and died because of it. Jannes means “he who seduces,” and Jambres means “he who makes rebellion.” Fitting names for unfit followers, don’t you think?

In the mid nineteenth century people began to use the word “comeuppance” (now mostly mispronounced “comeupins”) to speak of evil men getting the “just deserts” for their deeds. Try as I have, however, I have not been able to find the exact origin of this quaint little word. Yet it would appear it simply describes the judgment that inevitably “comes upon” those whose folly is obvious to all.

Lord, we thank You for the comeuppance that is coming for all evildoers, and we thank You especially that because of Your grace through Jesus Christ, it will not come upon us. Help us This Day to live lives showing that the only comeuppance we will ever experience is grace. Amen.