This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Num 31:1-2] 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel…
The doctrine of “just-war” has been the subject of many theological discussions. It is sometimes hard for us to reconcile these historical sections of the Bible that don’t align with our modern views. We must be careful when we read the Bible through our 2019 lenses. Though it is easy for our senses to be offended when thinking of modern stories of atrocities and genocides, there are three points that can help us see the importance of passages like this.
Number 1: God takes sin seriously and so should we. The Bible says the devil is like a roaring lion looking to whom he will devour. Sin will destroy your life, your family, your marriage. It must be dealt with like cancer. If you don’t take it seriously, it will kill you.
Number 2: This is a reminder that God will bring justice on a rebellious and prideful world. When God says, vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord (Deut 32 & Rom 12) it is a sobering reminder that He is a righteous Judge, not us.
Number 3: God poured out this judgment on Jesus so that we could be delivered from His wrath. There is no cheap grace, it cost God everything. We are grateful that although sin still must be dealt with, it is through the sword of the Spirit, and not man, that now conquers kingdoms and idols. Jesus, and not us, became like the “Midianites.” He endured the vengeance of God, so we could be free. This is the tool that He has given to us to advance His Kingdom. Let us be diligent and grateful to unleash the power of the Gospel this week!