Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 4th, 2020
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up…
Ecclesiastes 3:3 (KJV)
Kill and Heal
Sentencing for first-degree murder is very simple. We do not have capital punishment in Canada so a person who is convicted of first-degree murder is sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. The calculation for those 25 years begins when the person has been arrested and placed in custody, not when they are convicted and found guilty. There is no discretion on the part of the judge; that is the minimum sentence and it is automatic.
When the Lord created the world, he intended that men and women would live in harmony with each other and with Him in eternity. Death didn’t enter into the relationships until sin did. It wasn’t long after sin and death entered into the human condition that murder, the ultimate crime, became a reality. Death became a part of what every man, woman and child would have to deal with. By the time King Solomon appeared on the scene, in his wisdom he noticed that God the Creator was still ultimately in control of all things, and time was in His hands. Solomon describes this in detail, and beautifully, poetically, in his poem, “A Time for Everything.” In Ecclesiastes 3:3 he deals with the rhythm of life that paints a picture of sin and redemption. He writes: “A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up…” During our lives, there will be times when death faces us. In a sense, it is the rhythm of the year. Whatever season you are in right now, God has your time in His hands.
These have been words from the heart.