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Vengeance – What we must not do

by on June 21, 2016

Vengeance – What we must not do

We are not to take vengeance for ourselves.
We are not to rejoice when evil persons are sick, have accidents or die because God is the ultimate judge of life and death.
We are not to plot harm for those who abuse us.
We are not to become self-righteous –
comparing ourselves among ourselves.

David is an example
David had every right to claim the throne.
Saul had tried to kill David many times
David was the example of sadness and lament at the death of Saul.
David did not rejoice at the death of Saul.
David wrote the following “Song of the Bow”

How are the mighty fallen
II Samuel 1:19 “The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon-Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 “O mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you,
Nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty is cast away there!
The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
22 From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty,
The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty.
23 “Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death they were not divided;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.
24 “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury;
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
25 “How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan was slain in your high places.
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me;
Your love to me was wonderful, Surpassing the love of women.
27 “How the mighty have fallen, And the weapons of war perished!”

Proverbs also cautions us to not rejoice in calamity of an enemy.
Proverbs 24:16-18
For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.

Vengeance is God’s domain. He will execute vengeance in His own right way and in His own good time. His knowledge and justice and wisdom is totally accurate. We leave all vengeance to Him.

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