Eye for an Eye; Judgement for Judgement

You have probably heard about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth all your life.
It comes from Ex 21:23-25 – But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye , tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
For years what you did to someone else that caused them harm would happen to you.
In certain parts of the world this is still practiced – even on innocent parties.
If you cause the death of a child, then your child could be killed for justice.
Jesus also addressed the same issue in Matt 5:38-42 – You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
It’s quite a 180 from what the Levitical law instructed.
Jesus’ instruction is not to resist an evil person, which is totally against human nature.
Revenge and vengeance is written into our being; to get even is our code but it is against what the Lord has told us to do.
On a similar subject, Jesus also said, in that long discourse in Matthew, Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Matt 7:1-2
I have addressed judgment before, somewhat extensively in September 2010. (Read JUDGE NOT here)
To me it seems that judge not, that you be not judged is similar to an eye for an eye going as far to say that what you measure out will be measured back to you.
It’s no longer physical but is now spiritual.
If you want to keep from being judged then follow what God’s word says; for if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 1 Cor 11:31-32
Jesus said it this way in Matt 7:3-5, why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
To find out more read Plank-n-Speck.

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