The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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12/27/2012

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About Getting Even


"You have heard it was said, 'eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Matt.5:38-39).

Man has always had a problem with that eye for an eye vs. turn the other cheek thing. The eye for an eye laws found in the Law of Moses are found in Ex.21:24-25 and Deut.19:21. From the context, it is clear that these laws were to be applied in the civil courts. They were given to guide the priest in meting out the correct punishment. In the time of Jesus, the Pharisees and Scribes were taking these laws and using them to justify personal retribution. It is inferred that they made an application of that law so they could take revenge into their own hands. It was just another thing for Jesus to be upset with them about. Either misapplication or just the necessity for revenge has brought this attitude into today's thinking. The Law of Moses repeatedly forbade personal revenge. (Lev.19:18) Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs says this: "Do not say, 'I'll pay you back for this wrong!' Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you" (20:22). Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, the matter of revenge or vengeance, was to be left up to God or the civil government. (Rom.12:19, 13:1-4). The bottom line is this... There is basically no difference between what the law taught about personal vengeance and what we find in the New Testament. There is simply no place in the Christian's life for the need to get even... I don't think that Jesus meant for us to get whacked on both cheeks, but the lesson is clear. It is clear when he speaks about the tunic/cloak and going the second mile. As His children, he wants us to take the high road when dealing with the worldly actions of people around us. Whether we are in our cars or in that crowded food market... Be a Christian... Jesus will smile...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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