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As I Have Done

     King David, many centuries ago, was listening to a story being told by one of his close friends. A prosperous farmer heard of company coming for supper. Instead of having one from his large flocks of sheep prepared for it, he arranged to have his neighbour's only sheep slaughtered and dressed for this special event. He was aware, but quite unconcerned about the strategic and tender relationship of that one sheep to its lonely master.
     Each sentence of the story being told made the king more perturbed. How totally unjust to spoil the neighbour's life when the rich man would not at all miss a sheep out of his own fields. Justice and righteous indignation made the king erupt! The wrongdoer must be identified and corrected. Punishment equal to the wrong must be delivered.
     Perhaps you are familiar with this story in 2 Samuel 12. The point was the king's own selfishness and wrongdoing to his own neighbour Uriah. His adultery and subsequent scheme of shedding innocent blood were crimes he finally saw as God did, and then he cried out in anguish, "I have sinned."
     His immediate and thorough repentance was reckoned by God Himself as sufficient to grant him forgiveness. However, from here on the sword of violence would trouble his house as justice returned to him for what he had served to another. And truly, his house bled as his sons Amnon, Absalom and Adonijah died by violent terms.
     Jesus, on various occasions, spoke about this direct manner of God's justice system. Mark 4:24 says it simply "with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again." On a different occasion He said: "As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
     Looking at those words from the window of justice, is it that simple? Is what I receive from others parallel in some way to what I have given to others? Does God sometimes actually base what He allows to come into my life on what I have caused to come into other people's experience? "Yes" - must be the correct answer. Don't you think so?
     Just and holy is the character of our God, and justice will surely be accomplished by Him in His unhurried manner. If as I have done, influences what shall be done unto me, let all of us be wise enough to choose carefully the pattern of our steps. They shall return again.

- Tom Bender
   Kippen, ON

March 2007

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