In regards to your comment about the Great Flood; God also vowed never to destroy his people in such a way again.
Genesis 9:13-15 (New International Version, ©2011)13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
And regarding the candle of the wicked being put out, is not life and death as spoken in bible a reference to the life that is given by God and taken away by Him? Let's read it context:
Psalms 24:17-2017 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,20 for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
Also, King David would typically have a set number of days to mourn the loss of his fallen enemies after battle. This blog was titled after a scripture from Psalms written by David. Just thought that I'd throw in that as human as David was, as much as he had sin in his life, and fought many battles, he did also mourn for those lost and set it as a standard for his people as well.
2 Samuel 3:30-39 (New International Version, ©2011)
30 (Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.) 31 Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner.” King David himself walked behind the bier. 32 They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner’s tomb. All the people wept also.33 The king sang this lament for Abner:
“Should Abner have died as the lawless die? 34 Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered.You fell as one falls before the wicked.”
And all the people wept over him again. 35 Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!” 36 All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them. 37 So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.38 Then the king said to his men, “Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day? 39 And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!”
I am reminded of Saul/Paul in Acts Chapter 9. What would have happened if Paul had not converted his ways? He was a murderer of Christians, one of the biggest catalysts for the termination of the growing followers of Christ. Thanking God alone, he was not only saved, but used his great skill at leading people to drive the Christian faith throughout the world. Can you imagine what it would be like if someone with the means to influence so many radicalists could have been changed in the same way? THAT is the loss that I mourn. THAT is what I continue to pray for.
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