Numbers 35 – Draw the Sword, Die by the Sword!


 

Don’t want to get into politics but do you ever think about the death penalty (this is a rhetorical question)? I’m currently taking a Christian Ethics class so we’ll probably discuss this in class sometime down the road. This second half of this chapter is very strict on the charges of murders; it kind of makes you think.


From verse 17 we read, “the murderer shall be put to death.”
To read Numbers 35 click on the link below:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=numbers%2035&version=NRSV


Just imagine how the current prison systems would be if we followed this today!

The first thing that came to mind was what Jesus tells Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane which is found in Matthew 26:52, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” I don’t know if this statement made my Jesus was a reference back to these laws about dealing with murders but it seems to also seems to give the idea from Galatians 6:7b, “for you reap whatever you sow.”

God wants us to love one another as He loves us. Murder, hate, and discrimination were never a part of God’s original plan for humanity. Before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, before the Flood, and even before the first sin there was perfect peace and perfect love for God and for one another. Jesus is coming back soon to restore what was lost in Eden. I can hardly wait!

May we continually reveal God’s love to others.

Angel Rivero

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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