May 17th, 2016
God Requires Blood for Spilt Blood
And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. (Genesis 9:5-6 KJV)
The message of this scripture verse is clear.
Physical life can be required of God if a person should purposely choose to end another’s life through the shedding of another man’s blood. This scripture verse is certainly the earliest mention of capital punishment in God’s Word. It spells out God’s requirement of a life for a life.
If you ask, many people will go to another verse for a biblical view of capital punishment and how governmental authority weighs in for any necessary punishment of murder:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (Romans 13:1-2 KJV)
Both verses, one in the Old Testament and the other in the New Testament validate that God takes human life seriously. Taking another man’s life is in effect choosing to end that person’s life outside the border of God’s will and timing. The murder of another is stepping into a role of death only God should rightly determine. God is the only one who can rightly govern the length or life span of every individual’s life.
Stepping into God’s role and reining over another’s life and choosing to bring death upon another is a serious position man should never decide to place himself in.
God and only God should determine the timing of when a person is to be born or die. Murdering another individual is putting oneself into a position of authority over another’s life. It is a place only God should occupy and doing so brings the wrath of God and potentially fatal consequences.