QTVOTD: Leave it in God’s Hands of Justice…

“But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.” Jeremiah 11:20 -> me: Its not often that you hear someone in the bible (a prophet no less) call on God for vengeance.  So, I wanted to pull this apart a bit.  1) Jeremiah is not executing the vengeance himself.  He is calling on the Most Just to execute justice.  2) The people who were after him, trying to stop his preaching of God’s Words, were the people from his own home town (not unlike the people in Jesus’ home town persecuted Him).  3) Jeremiah is attempting to use the position he is in (God calling on him and his obedience to that call) to add weight to his ask.  Does this mean we can pray for revenge against our enemies? We are told in Romans 12:14, 19–20 to bless instead of curse, just as Jesus forgave his enemies (Luke 23:34). This is our primary task. But at the same time, we may commend our own or other cases of injustice to God, trusting that he is the righteous Judge who will bring righteousness and justice in the end.

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