Hard Justice



Scripture: Exodus 21:22 When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine.23 If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Observation: This is a very well known passage of scripture. It speaks to God’s command of just punishment for those who harm others. As you harm others, so shall you be harmed. Justice, baby!

Application: I would say the Old Testament teaching in Exodus makes more sense from a human nature perspective than Jesus’ teaching of “turn the other cheek”. Seeing someone else get what’s coming to them is incredibly satisfying. But Jesus teaches that we should let God be the one to administer justice, not us. We are to love our enemies, even pray for them, not get revenge on them. I understand this, but I don’t like it…

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we know that your ways are not our ways. When we are harmed, we desire retribution. But that is not your way. Give us grace to trust God the Father to administer justice in due time and help us to pray for those who seek to do us harm. We pray this in your holy name. Amen.

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