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!

RedemptionModern 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

witness-standA 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