5. As soon as the kingdom was established in Amaziah’s hand, he slew his servants who had slain the king his father.
6. But he did not slay the children of the murderers, in compliance with what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, in which the Lord commanded, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children for the fathers; but every man shall die for his own sin only.( 2 Kings 14:5-6 Amp ).
There would one day be a time when you’ll be in the position to administer judgment and justice over someone, or a group of people, but it’s God’s delight that when this time comes, you do it with discretion.
Discretion is defined as the ability to make wise choices or decisions, it’s the freedom to make one’s own judgements. When we were born we looked like our parents, but as we grow and go through life we look like our decisions and choices. Making decisions are inevitable in life, there are countless number of incidences that would require we make decisions even on a daily basis, but there’s only one thing that can help us to take decisions discreetly, and that is our knowledge of the word of God in every situations of life.
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good [b]success.( Josh 1:8 Amp).
One of the basic advantages of meditating in the word of God is that it helps us to deal wisely in the affairs and issues of life. This means when we read the word of God, it impacts into us the wisdom we need to live successfully and relationally. In our text, we saw how the knowledge of God’s word influenced the decision of Amaziah the 9th king of Judah after the kingdom of Isreal was divided. His father Joash was murdered by his servants ‘ Jozachar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer’ ( 2 Kings 13:20-21).
He was aware of the whole incidence but kept quiet until his kingdom was well established, then he executed those servants who are now married with children and were still serving under his kingdom. As a king he had the power and authority to also execute their children, but he would not, simply because he was acquainted with what God said through Moses in the book of the law.
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; only for his own sin shall anyone be put to death. ( Deut 24:16 Amp).
This knowledge of the law helped him to judge discreetly, why put the children to death for the sins of their fathers ?, Were they the ones who told their fathers to act wickedly? Were they even born when their fathers perpetuated the evil ? Why ask them to pay for what they know nothing about? This is God’s question to you and me. Why are you angry with your cousin because his father wronged you? Why are you mad with your pastor’s children because their father rebuked you? Why do you tell your children not to play with their friends because you are not in good terms with their parents? Must bitterness, Hatred and anger continue from one generation to another? Couldn’t there be Justice, Mercy and forgiveness again ?
26. Then Abner called to Joab, Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that bitterness will be the result? How long will it be then before you bid the people to stop pursuing their brethren?
27. Joab said, As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely the men would have stopped pursuing their brethren in the morning.( 2 Sam 2:26 & 27 Amp).
God is also asking you the same question Abner asked Joab, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it would be bitter in the end “? If you are bent on taking revenge of your past hurt, then it would be bitter in the end for you and those ready to take sides with you. Yes, you were truly offended, cheated, maltreated, but what does the book of the law says that you should do? Did it say you should revenge or forgive ? God said vengeance is mine and not yours ( Heb 10:30).
I know you are now well established in life, marriage, business, ministry and you now have what it takes to take vengeance but let your decision and judgment be influenced by what was written in the current ( New testament) book of the law, and it is nothing but forgiveness and love which covers the multitude of sins.
12. Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].
13. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
14. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].( Col 3:12-14).
Let love reign, act discreetly, judge wisely. Let it be said of you, just as it was said of Amaziah that you judged according to that which was written in the book of the law. This is a new year in which we can’t but make decisions for different purposes. However, to make the right choices that will better our lives we need to act discretly. We are all free to make choices as we dim fit, but we’re not free from the consequences of the choices we make: either good or bad.
PRAYER: Father Lord, help me to act discretly in all my decisions and judgements this year, and grant me the spirit of forgiveness against all who cannot but wrong me this year.
Thanks and God bless you.
@ Olushola Obadimu