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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

My devotion

I read Exodus 21 yesterday and studied it. The most famous verse is in this chapter.

Exo 21:23-25 And if any injury occurs, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

But contrast that with

Mat 5:38-39 You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist evil. But whoever shall strike you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

This seems contradictory doesn't it? So I studied it yesterday. Between all my commentaries this is what I came up with:

The original law was not meant for revenge and retaliation by private individuals. It has become corrupted. Jesus commands us to forgive and not exact revenge. But the law is to protect the innocent and keep order in our society. Judges should carefully consider the nature, quality and degree of wrong done so that reparation be made to the injured party. Law enforcement and judges are anointed as ministers of justice.

Rom 13:3-4 For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it. For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil.

It is not left to private persons to inflict revenge as their loss may lead to clouded judgement. It is up to the courts. This law was given as a civil one to regulate the procedure for a public servant in determining recompense.
Lady Justice is blindfolded so that she may impart justice impartially, objectively, no respecter of persons. She holds the scales of justice, weighing all things in balance. The sword represents swift punishment to the guilty party, even capital punishment where it is called for.

Personally, Christ is asking us to leave it to the law while you are to forgive and let it go before it destroys you. If the law fails to bring justice we must trust that God will exact justice. We are not to be consumed with unforgiveness, hate, obsession. Trust God, it will be attended to. You should check yourself for any ungodly impulses and feelings and submit your "rights" to God.

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