After the world-wide flood, God told Noah: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:6 NKJV). Moses’ Law said, “Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 24:17 NKJV). Jesus repeated this principle, “all who take the sword will perish by the sword'” (Matthew 26:52 NKJV). God is in charge of vengeance, “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The LORD will judge His people'” (Hebrews 10:30 NKJV). All governments who honor God’s Word should understand: “he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:4 NKJV). Any questions?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.