“…they put him in custody, that the mind of the Lord might be shown to them.”
– Leviticus 24:12
No one person knows everything. Solomon, in all his wisdom, did not know the full mind of God. Moses, who spent forty days on the mountain alone with God, could not even comprehend every desire of the Lord. Even Jesus, during His earthly ministry and physical form, said of His own return, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” How careful each of us must be when we make our own decisions and expect God to fall in-line with them.
Moses did not know what to do with the man who showed contempt towards God. This situation had not been brought to him before, and there was no prescribed way to deal with a man who was not of complete Hebrew descent. To obtain instruction, Moses did not head out to the seventy for counsel. He did not “lean on his own understanding.” He did not run towards his feelings and seek a poll showing what the majority thought he should do. Moses held his peace and controlled his emotions, taking them directly to God for instruction. What a great lesson for anyone today who calls themself an adherent to the teachings of Jesus, God the Son.
Moses exhibited wisdom in not immediately putting this man to death. God said that vengeance is His. That thought, however, should not make us joyful in our hearts and think to ourselves, “Yes, Lord, slaughter those sinners for us!” I believe that is precisely why God says that vengeance is His. It is because we as humans misjudge other people. Many times we want the Lord to ruin the lives of people that have done us wrong. If vengeance were up to us, sometimes grace would never abound.
Jesus said, “..if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” What did Jesus mean? He meant, “if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Vengeance is not mine because I am not perfect and just, only God is. As Christ-followers, we must wait on the mind of the Lord to see what we must do.
“We hail Jesus as King. But if He is King and we acknowledge Him as such, we owe Him our loyal and unswerving allegiance and our faithful service. We acknowledge Christ as King, but are we His loyal subjects? He has Himself said that professions of loyalty without obedience are not worth much.”
– J.D. Jones