The Biblical perspective on killing Osama bin Laden
by Robert Randle
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Deuteronomy 25: 17-18a, 19
Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary. Therefore it shall be when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not [never] forget.
NOTE: The company or group traveling in the rear probably consisted of unprotected, defenseless women, children and the elderly.
Judges 1: 5a, 6-7
And they found Adoni-Bezek in Bezek, and found against him. Then Adoni-Bezek fled, and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes. And Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me. Then they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
1 Samuel 24: 19b
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him get away safely?
1 Samuel 15: 2-3a, 7-8, 9a
Thus says the LORD of Hosts: I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have and do not spare them. And Saul attacked the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag. . . Then Samuel said, “Bring Agag king of the Amalekites here to me.” So Agag came to him cautiously. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag in piece before the LORD.
Job 18: 5
The light of the wicked indeed goes out and the flame of his fire does not shine.
Job 20: 4-5a, 7, 29
Do you not know this of old, since man was placed on the earth, that the triumphing of the wicked is short. Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse. This is the portion from God for a wicked man, the heritage appointed to him by God.
Job 36: 6a
He [God] does not preserve the life of the wicked.
Psalms 9: 16b
The wicked [man] is snared in the work of his own hands.
Psalms 34: 21a
Evil shall slay [overtake?] the wicked.
Psalms 37: 9a, 10a
For evildoers shall be cut off. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more.
Proverbs 11: 5b
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
Galatians 6: 7
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that he also will reap.
COMMENTARY: While no one will certainly shed a tear for Osama bin Laden, still, one can question whether the killing of the world’s foremost terrorist was an act of revenge, retaliation, or God’s justice [vengeance] coming to fruition. The Israelites were never to forget about the cowardly from king Amalek upon the innocent of their number, who in his past wartime victories left in his wake grieving mothers and widows. The prophet Samuel told king Agag that his mother will experience the sorrow of grieving for the loss of a son. Also, the proud and boastful king Adoni-Bezek who used to keep battlefield souvenirs of body parts would end up having his limbs taken in the same way; to which he came to accept as God’s justice being visited upon him.
So, it seems that whether the unarmed architect of the “911 Attack” attempted to surrender or resisted by some unspecified action, Navy Seals shot him in the head and chest which resulted in his death. This is the culmination of a ten year manhunt for his whereabouts, which started in the vicinity of the mountains of Tora Bora in Afghanistan, and ended tragically in the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan. For some clergy in the Christian community, the image of Americans and others celebrating in jubilation over Osama bin Laden’s death seems inconsistent with the words of Jesus in Matthew 5: 39, which says: “But I tell you not to resist an evil person but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12: 21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome good with evil.” But that is not the end of the matter or the definitive word either because Romans 13: 1, 3a, 4 says this:
Let every soul [person] be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities [political, military, etc.] that exist are appointed [permitted] by God. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
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This is great! I wa s looking for a Biblical way to sort through ehy millions of people rejoicing when in my heart, I just couldn't. A great reminder of God's justice.
Jesus is Great. He loves us. Let us love him. Thank you for this article Robert.