Meditation

12/27/2021

While they were at the great rock in Gibe-on, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was wearing his military tunic, and strapped over it at his waist was a belt with a dagger in its sheath. As he stepped forward, it dropped out of its sheath. Joab said to Amasa, ‘How are you, my brother?’ Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab’s hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground. Without being stabbed again, Amasa aide. Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of Bicri.” (2nd Samuel 20:8-10)

What took place at that rock was an abomination, even though David sent Joab to seek out Amasa, and he was told to assassinate him. Killing in battle is one thing, but I suspect Amasa was probably expecting to be taken back to David, instead he was murdered and dumped just off of the road. Assassination is wrong and done in the guise of friendship, it becomes even more abominable. Neither vengeance nor political ambition justify plotting and murdering another human being.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, what took place at the rock at Gibe-on, was wrong and even if we confess our sin to Almighty God in full repentance, His response may not be that in which we receive His grace and mercy, at least not at that time. Sweet Abba, help us to be obedient to You and your laws and decrees, that will keep us from committing such abominable acts like this, for even if we think it was done for the right reasons, it was an affront to You and to a fellow human being. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Wisdom is respect for God and making proper decisions that keep us within His will.”

KNOWING GOD:

Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehovah the priest. He stood before the people and said, ‘This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’ But they plotted against him, and by order of he king hey stoned him to death in the courtyard of he Lord’s temple. King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehovah had shown him but killed his son, who was as he lay dying, ‘May the Lord see this and call you to account!’” (2nd Chronicles 24:20-22)

Today’s readers are often surprised or shocked how many murders are described in the Old Testament. Accounts such as this are more descriptive that prescriptive in nature. They major on the “what” and “how” of an incident but do not develop the “why” of an incident beyond the manner of revenge. In a world dominated by cause and effect values, little time was given to reconciliation or rehabilitation. Thus, often the murders associated with political intrigue, ware, and interpersonal conflict do not reflect normative, timeless principles for dealing with injustice. Caution must be applied before making quick jumps of application to contemporary time based on such incidents. Such caution asks from where hare the initiative comes for any acts of killing. For example, to say even “but God is on ou side” must bear the proof when matters of life and death are raised.

I AM:

This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should live one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own action were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” (1st John 3:11-15)

For the follower of Christ murder is an attitude, it arises from guilt and envy and goes on to hatred. Harboring hatred is murder even if no physical act is committed. We avoid murderous hatred through letting Christ’s love live in it. Beloved, love is evidence that people have been delivered from spiritual death to spiritual life. Love with the church is the best evidence members are experiencing eternal life.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

You have heard it said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,’ and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (Matthew 5:21-22)

The physical act of taking a lie is a grievous thing. Rather than limiting the fulfillment of the moral law to outward conformity. Jesus located the root of murder at the attitude level. Such a perspective should lead the contemporary Christians to give special attention to those attitudes which may cause actions hurtful to others, whether physically, emotionally, or socially. Such a discipline of character takes seriously the sanctity and quality of life.

When going into war, many if not all soldiers are faced with a dilemma, because we have been taught in Sunday Schools, Church, and even in our societies not to kill others, and yet this is exactly what happens in combat. The Veterans Administration in the United States has recognized PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) as a result of combat for troops, and akin to that another related illness is Moral Injury, which is the result of doing that which we have been taught not to do, and then put into situations where we have no other choice. Both these are real and take time to work through them, in order to come out of the symptoms gained while in combat zones and having to defend yourself. Murder, is the full intent of seeking out and killing of people who believe must be killed

There is is fine line here, but the act of murder is not an act of someone merely trying to protect themselves in a firefight. It is the cold act of seeking out specific persons for the purpose of murdering them and not for some political cause.

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