Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 2nd, 2019
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.
Micah 2:1 (NIV)
Those Who Plot Evil
In 1976, Canada abolished the death penalty. A year later, the dangerous offender designation was added to the Criminal Code of Canada. These provisions were implemented to deal with especially heinous, high-risk, repeat offenders, usually sex offenders. The court believed that these criminals were more likely to relapse if they were released back into society, putting the safety of the Canadian public in jeopardy. People labeled dangerous offenders are given indefinite prison sentences, meaning that as long as the court believes they are a risk to public safety, they will remain locked away behind bars.
It never ceases to amaze me the horrible devices that mankind has created throughout history, and continues to produce today, to do immense harm to other human beings. We once visited the Museum of the Inquisition in Cartagena, Colombia and the torture devices were almost too horrific to look at. We kept thinking “what horrible mind came up with these devices?” If we see just a bit of what one human being is capable of doing to another, what must God think? Well, we find the answer to that in Micah 2:1: “Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.” You don’t ever want to hear God say “woe to you”! One Bible commentator said this: “When the word woe is used, it is quite possibly signifying impending doom, condemnation and/or the wrath of God.” Those who plot evil against other human beings will one day face God’s justice and sentencing. How much better to craft ideas that bring the love, grace and compassion of Christ to those who are in our lives.
These have been words from the heart.