The Evil of Cruelty To the Image of God
February 12, 2017

The Evil of Cruelty To the Image of God

Summary:

A continuation of our series in the book of Amos

Detail:

1 Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom. 2 So I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth, and Moab shall die amid uproar, amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet; 3 I will cut off the ruler from its midst, and will kill all its princes with him,”

says the LORD.

                         

Devotional

Though we are not sure exactly what the offense is, it occurred after the death of the King of Edom, and it appears to include the dishonoring of another King. If this is the case, it is interesting in that we see so much dishonoring of those that we do not like; whether they are political figures, other country leaders, other religions and groups of people we disdain. Not only is God concerned with the “Sanctity of Life,” but He appears to be concerned in how we treat one another, with either honor or lack of respect. If those groups you don’t like do something you don’t like, how should we, followers of Jesus Christ (The Real King) react? I have seen world figures die, whether they are Jerry Falwell or Osama Bin Laden, and I have witnessed some of the most heinous scenes of humans gloating in their deaths. Is that how a godly man or woman is supposed to act? Shouldn’t we be saddened when our foe is killed, especially if they didn’t know Jesus? We are called to pray for our leaders, not vilify them, even when they are evil. AS of this writing, the murderous, oppressive dictator Fidel Castro has died. My guess without any saving knowledge of Jesus. I have posted some articles depicting him as what he was a murderer, but I cannot be happy about his death apart from Christ. My feeling is deep sadness for him in judgment, his family that loved him, and for all of those he has victimized.

Questions

  1. Why is it hard to pray for our enemies?
  2. Why do we gloat over the death of our enemies?
  3. How should we act in these instances?
  4. How can we pray for our enemies?
  5. How to the Imprecatory Psalms[1] help us through this issue?
  6. Why are those Psalms there?

[1] Imprecatory Psalms are those that invoke judgment, calamity, or curses, upon one's enemies or those perceived as the enemies of God.