Today you should read: Genesis 34:1-31
I have to be honest and say that I may not be the best person to give a correct perspective on this passage. I have two sisters, and the thought of some man raping one of them and then coming to my dad and asking if he could marry her makes me mad even as I write this. I would want to go on a rampage and avenge her honor like Liam Neeson in the movie Taken. I would want to make him suffer; I sympathize with Simeon and Levi and can’t blame them for wanting justice.
However, as I put emotion aside, I begin to ask myself, “What does God say about justice?”
Romans 12:19-20 says, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘vengeance is mine, I will repay’, says the Lord. To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Simeon and Levi wanted justice and decided to take matters into their own hands, but the Bible is clear that it is not our place to take vengeance… it is the Lord’s. Sin cannot be made right by more sin; it only causes further pain and problems. In Simeon and Levi’s case, their actions brought trouble on their family by making enemies with the Canaanites and Perizzites.
The same can be said of us. It is easy to look at our enemies’ sin and judge them. However, we must not lose perspective because Romans 3:10-12 makes it clear that “there is no one righteous” and “all of us deserve condemnation”. The only reason any of us are justified is because Christ took our punishment. In many ways, when we look at our enemies, we should see a reflection of ourselves and our hearts should break for them. Justice is the Lord’s, and because of His love for us, He took His wrath out on His Son so that anyone who believes in Jesus will be justified.
Remember today that you are not righteous – He is. Let that thought break your heart for those who you may consider your enemies.
• If someone has wronged you and you are harboring hate for them, ask God to help you forgive them
• Ask God to break your heart for them
• Look for opportunities to share Jesus with your enemies
Posted by: Chad Wiles