The world’s mantra

“Then 3000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, ‘Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?’ And he said to them, ‘As they did to me, so have I done to them’” Judges 15:11.

There’s a lot of avenging going on here. Samson’s wife was given to his best man because he didn’t like being tricked into giving up his riddle. So he sent 300 foxes with lit torches tied to their tails into the Philistines’ standing grain. So they burned his wife and her father. So he “struck them hip and thigh with a great blow.” So they made war on Judah. So he willingly let 3000 Judaites bind him so he could strike down 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey.

The world operates in this way, its mantra being ‘as they did to me, so have I done to them,’ but Christians know that vengeance belongs to the Lord and turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, and give the cloak as well as the tunic. We don’t wage war as the world does. Rather, in weakness we persuade men and take every thought captive for Christ.

Do you act as though Satan is still ruler over us or that Christ has defeated sin and death?

Douglas Kashorek

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‘What is good’ Romans 12.17 VOTD

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people.”

Romans 12.17

Chapter 12 begins the section of the letter about the practice of the faith and what it means to be a living sacrifice for Christ.

God defines what is good, so why should a Christian be concerned about what is good before others? [See verse in many versions.]

#VOTD #good #vengeance

Choice when provoked

“For in real life we are faced with moral choice not at the beginning of the day when we are alone and imagine that we can choose today to do either good or evil, but when someone provokes us and we are there and then tempted to respond with evil.”

—A.R.C. Leaney, The Letters of Peter and Jude (CBC), 45 (on 1 Pet 3.8-12)

#choices, #payback, #provocation, #vengeance

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1-15-2016 Capital Punishment From Above

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.

#execute, #kills, #murders, #vengeance

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1-8-2016 No Prophet Of Terrorism

God hates “Hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17 NKJV). Terrorist violence is excused because they are paying back somebodies for something(s) done in time past. Those who follow the God of Abraham are told: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19 NKJV). There seems to be no limit to the beheadings, bombings, or shootings done by people who follow the wrong Prophet. Jesus Christ is the Prophet, like Moses, who makes Christians by “‘teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). You are following the wrong “prophet” if you show fear and hatred to those outside your religious group.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

 

#prophet, #terrorist, #vengeance

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #19: Don’t Jump Into The Wrong Bed!

(#19) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:20-35: (5) Don’t Jump Into The Wrong Bed!

There was no sexual sin listed previously in what God hates, but Solomon’s wisdom here and next clearly shows that God is adamantly against violation of His Marriage Law (Genesis 2:24), for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

Verses 20-23: Deliverance

The purpose of parental, Scriptural wisdom is so the “son” can make his own informed, right decision. Heed, don’t rebel; make this your constant adornment; make this your own thoughts, for good judgments. To see the right way, the “son” needs lamp, light, and leading.

Verses 24-25: Damage

The woman who disregards the sacredness of sex only within marriage is “evil.” Her enticing words should be rejected (Proverbs 2:16; 5:3-4; 7:5, 21) because  “flattering lips” shows a “double heart” (Psalm 12:2-3). “Lust” is animal desire, not love! It is a serious mistake to think that it is (2 Samuel 13:1-17). One who follows lust alone abandons the human dignity which includes reason, and becomes an animal in heat or rut! Lust originates within the heart, rather than from external circumstances (Mark 7:20-23). “Her beauty” is not described, for the most alluring feature of a woman is not her physical, but her intentional design. The “allure” with painted eyes just calls attention to her interests. Focus on her evil intent, not her outer distractions.

Verses 26-33: Destruction

This type of woman is the predator, the man the prey who will pay dearly if he proceeds. How closely can a man be to fire without being burned; and how far can he walk across burning coals (NOT by the trick of walking fast, with calloused feet, or chemical protection!). Fire burns, and an “evil woman” damns to Hell! As certainly as fire burns, adultery condemns! A “thief” is still to be condemned (Exodus 20:14; John 10:10; Romans 13:8-10), yet if motivated by “starving” (self-preservation), it is understandable, not excusable. The thief must repay (Exodus 22:1-15), possibly up to 700%, all that he owns! The stupid adulterer, however, has NO self-preservation motive for his action, but only self-interest, and there is NO sympathy or pity for him, at all. He “destroys his own soul,” wounds will come to his body (whether punishments or STDs), and he loses his reputation (verses 32-33). Emphasis has shifted from the stupid man going in to a prowling woman, to a prowling man who stupidly goes in to “his neighbor’s wife.” Marriage limits are ignored in either case!

Verses 34-35: Dissatisfaction

Her husband’s “jealousy” is his rage without mercy “in the day of vengeance” (or day of reckoning). There is NO amount of repayment for this fouling of his marriage purity. He may never “be appeased” (or satisfied) though offered “many gifts.” God demanded the death of both parties in the adultery (Leviticus 20:10), which law Jesus honored by not condemning the one party brought to Him (John 8:1-11). A husband has been violated when adultery occurs and may never recover his trust in that wife again. This kind of loss of confidence caused God to condemn the southern kingdom of Judah (Jeremiah 7:8-15).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 58

Vs. 1-5 show how thoroughly wicked some may become;

Vs. 6-9 ask God to dismantle the strengths of the wicked;

Vs. 10-11 mention how satisfied the righteous are when that is done.

Verses 1-5: In verses 1-2, David shows his disgust at corruption in judicial matters. “You silent ones” in Hebrew can also be “you gods” reflecting the presumed elevated position judges should occupy. Jesus based an argument on the coordination of Bible teaching when He quoted Psalm 82:6 as “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High” (John 10:33-38). “Judges” were being addressed, and they had abandoned their adherence to God’s Law, thus could not be counted on to make right judgments! In verse 3, the wicked are “speaking lies” as soon as they become “wicked” and “go astray.” Since newborns do not “speak,” this figure of speech will not permit the doctrine of “inherited sin” or “total depravity.” Rather, this verse shows that as quickly as possible, people leave the goodness of God’s Law for the evil of the Devil’s way, but this is not the condition of the baby at birth! The baby’s condition is not sinful, but the world into which he is born! Verses 4-5 describe David’s generation, just as Jesus later would do (Matthew 12:24; 23:33). Like snakes, they inject poison designed to destroy; they strike without listening (Ecclesiastes 10:11; Jeremiah 8:17); they attack when they are not being “charmed.” In other words, the wicked are wicked regardless of what the righteous may, or may not, say to them. People act wickedly when there have been no cross words, heated exchanges, pathetic offensive videos, or religious debates set before them!

Verses 6-9: In verses 6-8, God is asked to destroy every troubling advantage the wicked may have by: making them toothless predators; drained off waters; broken arrows; diminishing snails; and dead babies! Since God says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19), David shows what vengeance one is entitled to ask God for! Verse 9 shows how quickly this could happen, before a “pot” could heat up over burning thorns!

Verses 10-11: The “righteous shall rejoice” to know God will not save the wicked, but they will pay for what evils they have done. David will say more in Psalm 139:19-22: “Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.” And again in Psalm 119:104: “Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.” It is a broken society that would “hate good and love evil” (Micah 3:2).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #daily-bible-reading, #enemies, #judgment, #vengeance

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Bible Principles in Gaddafi’s Death

Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim were executed by “rebels” the day they were discovered in their hometown. Thursday, October 20, 2011, Gaddafi was pulled from his hideout in a drainage pipe alive, but viciously beaten and then shot while pleading for his life. While this may jar our sensibility and provoke moral outrage, we need to consider some “rules” laid down by Jesus Christ and His Apostles that overshadow such conduct by “rebels.”
1. James 2:13: “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” After 42 years of Gaddafi’s merciless genocides, it should not surprise anyone to see him receive no mercy when those who were raised under his “jackboot” were empowered.
2. Matthew 26:52: “But Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.'” The idea that “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” simply means that everyone (no exceptions!) who use violence and force to maintain their “authority” will ultimately be brought down by that same rule. History confirms this. God’s decree has stood for thousands of years for after the flood in Noah’s day, He said, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” Genesis 9:6. That this was to be the violent end of the Jews as God’s people AND of those who made it so, John wrote, “He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” Revelation 13:10. Despots and dictators who abuse their authority, whether Communists, Fascists, Socialists, “Rebels,” Military Juntas, Autocrats, Totalitarians, all who have abandoned appealing to the dignity of mankind and rule by the sword, will be brought down in time! The only questions remaining are, by whom, when, and how?
3. Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” He then lists sins which, when practiced, demonstrate character bereft of morality expected by God. The phrase “God gave them over” indicates that such people and practices have caused even long-suffering God to draw a line of tolerance with them. The expression in verse 32, “those who approve of those who practice them” should alert everyone who “votes and elects into government office” people guilty of these things is just as guilty of their sins! It should cause Christians to have higher standards in their choices at all times.
4. Indeed, God has decreed in Romans 12:19: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Yes, Gaddafi is dead at the hands of those whom he suppressed for decades, but not without Biblical principles being involved. People who are so filled with anger, hatred, or vengeance that they would resort to the same methods as godless Gaddafi are people sorely in need of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness. The story of Gaddafi, and all like him, is not over, HE IS IN THE HAND OF THE JUST GOD!
—–John T. Polk II

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