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Like everyone else I am procesing the news that Osama bin Laden is dead. There are different opinions out there some are celebrating, some are doubtful that he is dead wanting to see the death certificate, others feel relieved and others don’t have an opinion. One thing everyone knows is that Osama deserved to be punished. He executed evil plans and was responsible for the death of thousands of people around the world. There was no question or doubt that he was evil, it was clear that he was evil. According to the bible we are ALL evil not just Osama is evil we are all evil.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:5

The only one that is not evil and is good is God:

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him Nahum 1:7

They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. Psalm 145:7

Unfortunatly many of us believe that we are God and want to do God’s part but none of us are free from evil.

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7:1

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Romans 2:1

By seeking revenge and killing we are demonstrating that we either don’t trust that God is righteous or that we think He needs help in the revenge. The bible often told us that revenge and justice belongs to God and not us.

In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.This is the name by which he will be called:The Lord Our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:5

The LORD is righteous; He has cut in two the cords of the wicked. Psalm 129:4

Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments. Psalm 119:137

“O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day; behold, we are before You in our guilt, for no one can stand before You because of this.” Ezra 9:15

“However, You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly. Nehemiah 9:33

Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice. Daniel 9:14

As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish 1 Samuel 26:10

Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “See, I will defend your cause and avenge you; I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry. Jeremiah 51:36

May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice. Psalm 72:2

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19

‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.’ Deuteronomy 32:35

O LORD, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! Psalm 94:1

For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” Hebrews 10:30

‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:18

Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, “I’ll do to him as he has done to me; I’ll pay that man back for what he did.” Proverbs 24:29

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. Romans 12:17

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 2 Timothy 4:14

We need to learn to trust God if he has promised justice he is the one that will punish our enemies it is not our duty.

(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10

Not trusting God to be God can have consequences.

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Proverbs 24:17-18

Because I trust that God is a righteous God and revenge is His and not mine, I trusted that God himself would strike Osama and do justice. Unfortunatly America does not trust God.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. Isaiah 2:11

The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day Isaiah 2:17

Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.”
Isaiah 37:20

Today America demonstrated that we do not trust God. I will close with the words of Micah Bales: Vengeance of our own denies the power of God’s justice.

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