“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
In 18th century B.C. a Babylonian King named Hammurabi created laws to assist Mesopotamia to justly deal with crime. One law, now described as the “eye of an eye”, stated that if someone wronged you, then that person was also to be punished in the same manner. Death for death, injury for injury, pain for pain.
In the Old Testament the early laws were established in Exodus 21:24-25 which stated; eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
In the 20th century A.D a revolutionary leader in South Africa Mahatma Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” He was concerned and determined to give rights to Indians in South Africa.
During the Civil Rights Movement Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.”
Before God sent his only son and our savior, we were to justly right the wrong by what the world would view as, you do me wrong and I will repay in same. This was acceptable in God’s eyes in the beginning as the leaders told through God’s word. Humans were under the law of pleasing God through their duty, honor, and sacrifice. Many rabbis and pharisees believed everything needed to be surrounded by laws.
When Jesus came to save us from our sin, He preached a different message. This message was one of love, peace, and redemption through allowing God into our hearts and minds. No act would ever save us, and the only way was to trust His ways in faith.
Where does this leave us today?
It all begins with blind trust. This trust is one in which occurs through the unseen. Unfortunately, it has two paths. One in which is crafted based on Satan’s lies, and the other which is given freely by the clarity of God’s love. The lies we are told come from unseen fear. When wrong occurs, fear develops, and then comes feelings of jealousy, hate, confusion, and greed. Now when we take the path of clarity in truth and love, everything is seen as just and God’s will.
Our choice as Christians is to decide how this will play out in our lives. Many times I have been blindsided in this walk. Actually, too many times. I make the right choice, and then comes the moment when a negative distraction or attack enters my life. What first enters my mind, “That was unfair, uncalled for, and I need to fix this.” Ready for combat and armed with what I think is truth. Taking charge and allowing the world to win. In this moment we are called to step back, pray, and lean on God’s words.
Matthew 5: 43-48“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Satan wants more than anything to draw us away during this time. It is his goal to dismantle all the work in which Jesus has done in our lives. But, if we as Christians choose to rise above the attack, Satan is now the one blindsided. We are the victors.
Psalm 37: 1-6 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
The time has come for us to choose;
Eye for an Eye or Love for Hate?
The world answers, “Take and keep what is yours. Protect it. Give what has been given to you; pain for pain” Jesus answers, “Turn away from sin and embrace love. Give the love I have for you. Release it.”
We are to embrace, accept, and allow ourselves to be His hands and feet in this broken world. Our protection comes from above ,and our victory has already been won. Celebrate!
1 John 5: 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.