Mercy and Justice

These two ideas are not normally thought of as going together very well. Justice demands that the full measure of punishment of the law be meted out in punishment for a crime committed. But justice is not simply limited to satisfying the law. Justice includes the need for restitution to be measured out to the… Read More

Justice Being Served

“And while they ridiculed him, they took off the cloak and put his own clothes on him and took him to crucify him.” (Matthew 27:31)   “And while they ridiculed him, they took off the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him and took him out in order to crucify him.” (Mark 15:20)… Read More

Injustice Done

“But he said, ‘What evil has he done?’ But they screamed with more intensity, saying, “He should be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:23)   “Pilate said to them, ‘What evil has he done?’ But they screamed with more intensity, saying, ‘Crucify him!’” (Mark 15:14)   “And for the third time he said to them, ‘What evil has… Read More

Hills to Die On

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what am I to do with Jesus whom is called Christ?’ And they all said, ‘He shall be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:22)   “And then Pilate again asked them saying, ‘What then do you wish for me to do with the one called King of the Jews?’ But they again shouted… Read More

Let Justice Flow

“Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the High Priest.” (John 18:24)   We have already discussed the relationship between Annas and Caiaphas as to how both are referred to as the High Priest and how this short exchange formed a kind of initial interview in the shadows of the evening prior to the official… Read More

Come and See the Deeds of Yahweh!

“Come and see the deeds of Yahweh; How he has brought destruction upon the earth. He causes wars to cease unto their end; The earth and bow are shattered; And the spear is smashed to bits. The wagons he burns with fire.” (Psalm 46:9-10 {verses 8-9 in English translations})   Come and see the deeds… Read More

Rockets Downrange for Jesus

Last week I saw this statement on a window sticker. Now, I live and work in a military community, so, it is not unusual to see slogans like this on bumpers and windows, but this one struck me as curious. At first, my “hawkish” gut reaction was to say, “Yes! Do all things for the… Read More

A Christian Hierarchy of Values

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, argued that there was a hierarchy of values in terms of what was worthwhile for individuals and society to pursue.  For Aristotle, the highest value was the knowledge of truth for its own sake.  Of course, Aristotle was an Empiricist, which means that his real interest in “Truth” has to do… Read More

Strong Horses: Zechariah 6:1-8

“When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth.”  -Zechariah 6: 7a, ESV   How impatient are the angels of God that have been ordained to extend Justice to the world and how great is God’s grace, even toward unbelievers, in staying their hand until His time is at… Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Sodom and Gomorrah (Sexual Immorality)

“As Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, in like manner committing sexual sin and going after each other’s flesh, they are set before you as an example of suffering justice and eternal fire.”  (Jude 7)   Thirdly, Jude deals with the sin of sexual immorality by pointing to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. … Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 11)

“They will be thrown down on the sword; they will be a portion for foxes.” (Psalm 63:11 {Psalm 63:10 in English Bibles})   Not only is David confident in the death of those who seek his life, but he is confident in the ignoble way in which they will die and be left for the… Read More