Fathers must not be put to death for what their children do, nor children for what their fathers do; each must be put to death for his own sin. Deuteronomy 24.16.
Moses said it by inspiration to the people of Israel, before they entered the land of Canaan. Centuries later, the prophet Ezekiel developed it further, speaking again to the Israelites. (See chapters 18 and 33.) Go to the New Testament and see that condemnation and salvation are determined on an individual basis.
The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.16.
Some Bible versions published in recent years throw statements into the plural in order to avoid the singular masculine pronoun. All fine and good, but it sometimes misses a point, like individual responsibility.
Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. For each one will carry his own load. Galatians 6.4-5.
Am I to blame for what happened a hundred years ago or more? God is more interested in what I am doing right now. Continue reading
God, as just and justifier, gave
His only Son in sacrifice, to save
A broken soul — not any soul, but mine —
And yours as well — by his eternal design. Continue reading
God executes his judgment against evil and against evildoers. The righteous desire justice in the world. They live according to God’s word. They want to see his salvation come to all. Evil is opposition to God. It must therefore be defeated. When God judges sinners, his people are vindicated. Glory to God for his righteous judgment!
Human society is unjust and always will be. People ask, if there is a God, why is there injustice in the world? But God is just. He will, at some point in time, or in the judgment, balance all accounts and make everyone answer for their acts. Faith is understanding “the destiny of the wicked.” Glory to God for bringing balance to mankind!
See Psa 73.17.
Glory to God who, through the physical actions of hearing, speaking, reading, and writing, has brought the eternal Word into our hearts. Praise to his wisdom, praise to his perfect plan, praise for his touch in heart and soul and mind. The Lord reveals his power to his servants and his anger to his enemies, victory to one, defeat to another, and perfect justice in the fullness of time. His is the honor and glory and power and dominion!
Modern man considers himself more just than his ancestors, for abolishing the death penalty. Actually, he doesn’t value human life, for justice requires that the punishment fit the crime. In the same way, also, people today don’t understand the seriousness of sin nor the price necessary for redemption.
So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.
Hebrews 9:18 NET Continue reading
God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. “Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign LORD? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?” (Ezk 18:23; cf. 33:11 NET).
He does destroy, however, those who oppose him. “[T]he wicked man will die for his iniquity” (Ezk 33:8).
He tells us to take care how we view the fall of the wicked. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice, lest the LORD see it, and be displeased, and turn his wrath away from him” (Pro 24:17-18).
At the same time, “The godly will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked” (Psa 58:10). Continue reading
A single witness may not testify against another person for any trespass or sin that he commits. A matter may be legally established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15 NET
Divine justice among men took into account their fallibility and the necessity of reaching a fair verdict. Divine wisdom is evidenced by the law of the Israelites being copied in many places. Continue reading