Friday, June 5, 2020

FMF: Stay

A stay of execution is the postponement of punishment through a court system.  Don't think execution as in death penalty; think about executing an order.  A stay of execution is a great thing if you or your loved one is receiving punishment.  It does not feel as good if you are the one who has had injustices committed against you.  In the Job 24*, the author wrestles with the idea that there are people doing evil deeds who are not punished: thieves, murderers, and other wrong doers.

In the American court system, intent factors punishment.  We differentiate between those who commit murder ("premeditated") vs manslaughter ("no malice aforethought").  Sometimes a case hinges on that distinction.  In verse 13 the author makes a similar observation, “There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths."  Some rebel because they do not know the right thing to do, and some rebel because they have chosen to do the wrong thing.

By the end of the chapter, the author has gotten to his point.  These rebels are not really getting away with evil deeds.  A time will come when their stay of execution will end.  As the author writes, "For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all the others" (v. 24).  Sometimes justice only rests in the hands of God.

*Read the whole chapter HERE.  I think it's beautiful.

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  1. All the life I lived before
    has faded into grey,
    as I stand here hoping for
    my execution's stay.
    Today it dwindled to a point
    of light and gasping breath,
    becoming now the fell adjoint
    of an early death.
    I have the faith that I will be
    safe beyond this place,
    that with full eyes I'll come to see
    embodiment of grace.
    But for all of this I know,
    still I do not want to go.

  2. But God drags away the mighty by his power;though they become established,they have no assurance of life. V22 ❤ - well written thank you a fellow fmfer x