Evil is bad. There is such thing as good and evil.


Doing bad things in order to achieve something good doesn’t add up. If it is evil then it’s evil. If it’s bad then it’s bad. So when your actions are evil or bad the outcome or the reward won’t be good in the long run. Justice will be served.

The good news is that what the devil plans for evil, God can turnaround or turn it around and use it for good. Consider the story of Joseph! Consider the story of Daniel! Consider the story of Jesus! In each and every case, God was able to take the plans and turn them around in order to bless His people.

Today’s reading begins with someone bring news of their bad actions in hopes of getting rewarded for helping David…

Assassination of Ish-bosheth

1Now when Saul’s son heard that Abner had died in Hebron, his courage sank, and all the Israelites were disturbed. 2Saul’s son had two men who were commanders of raiding bands: the name of one was Baanah and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite of the sons of Benjamin (for Beeroth is also considered part of Benjamin, 3though the Beerothites had fled to Gittaim and live there as outsiders to this day). 4(Saul’s son Jonathan had a son whose legs were crippled. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse picked him up and fled. It came about, as she was hurrying to flee, that he fell and was crippled. His name was Mephibosheth.) 5Now the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out and came to the house of Ish-bosheth at the heat of the day, as he was taking his midday nap. 6When they came within the house, as though to get wheat, they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and his brother Baanah escaped. 7When they had gotten within the house, he was lying on his bed in his bedroom, they stabbed him and killed him, then beheaded him and took his head, and traveled by the way of the Arabah all night. 8Then they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David in Hebron, and said to the king, “Here is the head of Saul’s son Ish-bosheth, your enemy, who sought your life. Today Adonai has avenged my lord the king of Saul and his offspring.” 9Then David answered Rechab and his brother Baanah, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, saying to them, “As Adonai lives, who redeemed my soul out of all distress, 10when someone informed me saying, ‘Look, Saul is dead!’ thinking he was a bearer of good news, I seized him and killed him in Ziklag, instead of rewarding him for his news. 11How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous person in his own house and on his bed! Should I not now require his blood from your hands and rid the earth of you?” 12Then David commanded the young men, and they slew them, cut off their hands and their legs, and hung them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.

–from 2 Samuel 4

No it may not be easy to do the right thing, but in the end God will provide justice! God has a plan and it is for good! God has a plan and it isn’t to harm you. In the moment at the crucifixion of Jesus many were distraught and concerned, however, all this time later, we see that it was God’s plan and Jesus’ obedience in order to bring forgiveness and reconciliation that will last forever for all those who will receive the gift of life!

Suffering Servant

1For the music director, on “The Doe of the Dawn,” a psalm of David. 2My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Distant from my salvation are the words of my groaning. 3O my God, I cried out by day, but You did not answer, by night, but there was no rest for me. 4Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 5In You our fathers put their trust. They trusted, and You delivered them. 6They cried to you and were delivered. In You they trusted, and were not disappointed. 7Am I a worm, and not a man? Am I a scorn of men, despised by people? 8All who see me mock me. They curl their lips, shaking their heads: 9“Rely on Adonai! Let Him deliver him! Let Him rescue him— since he delights in Him!” 10Yet You brought me out of the womb, made me secure at my mother’s breasts. 11From the womb I was cast on You— from my mother’s womb You have been my God. 12Be not far from me! For trouble is near— there is no one to help. 13Many bulls have surrounded me. Strong bulls of Bashan encircled me. 14They open wide their mouths against me, like a tearing, roaring lion. 15I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed. My heart is like wax— melting within my innards. 16My strength is dried up like a clay pot, my tongue clings to my jaws. You lay me in the dust of death. 17For dogs have surrounded me. A band of evildoers has closed in on me. They pierced my hands and my feet. 18I can count all my bones. They stare, they gape at me. 19They divide my clothes among them, and cast lots for my garment. 20But You, Adonai, be not far off! O my strength! Come quickly to my aid! 21Deliver my soul from the sword— my only one from the power of the dog. 22Save me from the lion’s mouth. From the horns of the wild oxen rescue me. 23I will declare Your Name to my brothers. I will praise You amid the congregation. 24You who fear Adonai, praise Him! All Jacob’s descendants, glorify Him! Revere Him, all you seed of Israel. 25For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the lowly one. Nor has He hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard. 26From You is my praise in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows before those who fear Him. 27Let the poor eat and be satisfied. Let them who seek after Him praise Adonai. May your hearts live forever! 28All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to Adonai. All the families of the nations will bow down before You. 29For the kingdom belongs to Adonai, and He rules over the nations. 30All the rich of the earth will feast and worship. Everyone who goes down to the dust will kneel before Him—even the one who could not keep his own soul alive. 31His posterity will serve him, telling the next generation about my Lord. 32They will come and declare His righteousness to a people yet to be born— because He has done it!

–from Psalms 22

Guilt is a strong feeling! When we do the wrong thing and come to the realization guilt can be a huge emotion and power in and over our life. And when that happens it is important to try and reconcile it with the person or people who were hurt. It is important to apologize and ask for forgiveness rather than to allow the emotions to build up and overflow to the point where it causes you to do even something else you may regret.

Are you feeling guilt? Have you given it up to God and asked for forgiveness?

Have you done something that you wish you hadn’t? Have you given it up to God and asked for forgiveness and then gone to the person or people you hurt and apologize and then asked them for forgiveness? Don’t internalize it to the point where you kill yourself! Allow God into the situation! Allow the person you hurt to hear your heart and know that you are truly sorry.

Suffering Servant

1For the music director, on “The Doe of the Dawn,” a psalm of David. 2My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Distant from my salvation are the words of my groaning. 3O my God, I cried out by day, but You did not answer, by night, but there was no rest for me. 4Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 5In You our fathers put their trust. They trusted, and You delivered them. 6They cried to you and were delivered. In You they trusted, and were not disappointed. 7Am I a worm, and not a man? Am I a scorn of men, despised by people? 8All who see me mock me. They curl their lips, shaking their heads: 9“Rely on Adonai! Let Him deliver him! Let Him rescue him— since he delights in Him!” 10Yet You brought me out of the womb, made me secure at my mother’s breasts. 11From the womb I was cast on You— from my mother’s womb You have been my God. 12Be not far from me! For trouble is near— there is no one to help. 13Many bulls have surrounded me. Strong bulls of Bashan encircled me. 14They open wide their mouths against me, like a tearing, roaring lion. 15I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed. My heart is like wax— melting within my innards. 16My strength is dried up like a clay pot, my tongue clings to my jaws. You lay me in the dust of death. 17For dogs have surrounded me. A band of evildoers has closed in on me. They pierced my hands and my feet. 18I can count all my bones. They stare, they gape at me. 19They divide my clothes among them, and cast lots for my garment. 20But You, Adonai, be not far off! O my strength! Come quickly to my aid! 21Deliver my soul from the sword— my only one from the power of the dog. 22Save me from the lion’s mouth. From the horns of the wild oxen rescue me. 23I will declare Your Name to my brothers. I will praise You amid the congregation. 24You who fear Adonai, praise Him! All Jacob’s descendants, glorify Him! Revere Him, all you seed of Israel. 25For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the lowly one. Nor has He hidden His face from him, but when he cried to Him, He heard. 26From You is my praise in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows before those who fear Him. 27Let the poor eat and be satisfied. Let them who seek after Him praise Adonai. May your hearts live forever! 28All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to Adonai. All the families of the nations will bow down before You. 29For the kingdom belongs to Adonai, and He rules over the nations. 30All the rich of the earth will feast and worship. Everyone who goes down to the dust will kneel before Him—even the one who could not keep his own soul alive. 31His posterity will serve him, telling the next generation about my Lord. 32They will come and declare His righteousness to a people yet to be born— because He has done it!

–from Matthew 27

Jesus gave it all! He laid down His life for me and for you! He didn’t do it casually or without purpose! He opened the door to salvation and eternity! He conquered the grave and rose from the dead! He took away the power and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. So will you receive the grace? Will you receive the forgiveness? Will you ask? Will you give your life up into His hands? The choice is yours, so choose wisely!

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