A Prayer for Justice
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A Prayer for Justice
Arwyn D. Reish- February, 2006
Throughout the Psalms, the wicked are subject to the judgment of the righteous. Righteous men prayed for the shame of the evil man and physical punishment to him. The grace was not outside the sentence of the wicked. Proper judgment included the loss of material wealth and propagation of the transgressor’s children.
James and John desired that fire be called from heaven to destroy those who rejected the Savior. The Savior would not permit such an act, for the Son of Man came to save men, not to destroy them.
The Epistles record vengeance belongs to the Lord, not to man. If man causes sorrow and suffering to his fellow man, God will repay the injustice. Alexander the coppersmith’s evil inflicted on the Apostle Paul was rewarded according from the Lord. Although God is the rewarder to evil men and their evil acts, the righteous may pray that God would reward evil men with justice from the Lord
(I Timothy 4:14-15).
Perhaps the reason the wicked are escaping their just reward in this life is that the saints are not asking for God’s rewards upon evil works.
*Note: The apostle does not specify the judgment. He simply mentioned that Alexander did him evil and withstood his word. No believer has the authority or right to pronounce judgment upon an evil doer, but there is a place for payer that God would reward the transgressor.
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