Thursday, February 5, 2009

God's Hand of Justice

"For he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." (Romans 13:4)

God's view on dealing with terrorists:

In I Kings 20:28-43, God had promised Ahab victory over the Syrians in battle because they had boasted of their gods, that they were greater than the God of Israel. So even though Ahab was wicked, God promised him victory for this reason; but here's the point...

During the heat of the battle, Ben-ha-dad, the King of Syria had fled and hid. But then his servants came to him and counseled him to go surrender himself to Ahab, because they had heard that "the kings of the house of Israel were merciful kings” (I Kings 20:31), and that perhaps his life would be spared. In other words, they counseled him to exploit the “mercy” that they had heard about, concerning Israel. So the king of Syria went to Ahab.

What happened next is truly amazing, for not only did Ahab let him go, but he also “made a covenant with him.” (I Kings 20:34) In other words, he "negotiated" with the King of Syria, who was not only his own enemy, but also the enemy of God!

Was God pleased with this act of “mercy?” Apparently not, as he immediately sent a prophet to him with a message;

“Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his life." (I Kings 20:42)

Ahab would later die by the hand of the King of Syria.