Tag: Romans 12:17-19
Scripture reading for March 22nd: 1st Samuel 24-28
Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 26:8-11 “Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. No let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won’t strike him twice.” But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord Himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.”
David refused to take King Saul’s life, even though he was trying to kill him. He knew that he was God’s anointed authority and God alone was qualified to deal with him.
Thankful for God’s justice: God alone knows the heart of each person and all vengeance belongs to Him! “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19)
Scripture reading for March 9th: Judges 9-12
Key Scriptures: Judges 9:22-24 “After Abimelech had governed Israel three years, God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who acted treacherously against Abimelech. God did this in order that the crime against Jerub-Baal’s (Gideon) seventy sons, the shedding of their blood, might be avenged on their brother Abimelech and on the citizens of Shechem who had helped him murder his brothers.”
God is just. A man will reap what he has sowed. Abimelech, the son of a Gideon and a prostitute from Shechem, wanted power and authority. He used intimidation to gain power and murdered all but one of his half-brothers. God allowed an evil spirit to bring about justice on these rebellious people.
Rejoice in God’s justice: Under the New Covenant, Christ offers forgiveness to repentant sinners and commands His people to allow Him to bring justice! “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19)