Go Get ‘Em, Lord!

After giving his speech to the Sanhedrin, the ancient Jewish court system in Jesus’ day, Stephen was stoned to death.  The scriptures say that they were “furious and gnashed their teeth at him.” But Stephen didn’t care. In fact, according to verse 55 in Acts 7 he cared so little about himself that he turned his gaze to heaven and saw the glory of God with Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  He told them what he saw and they all rushed after him in a rage that was uncontrollable. While I have a hard time reading that Stephen was stoned to death, I have an even harder time reading the last verse of the chapter:
Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (v. 60)
Say what, Stephen? Now, I don’t know about you but I am thinking that if people were coming after me because I was proclaiming Christ, I might say, “Okay, Lord, you go get ’em.  I laid down my life to follow you and they didn’t like it.  So, you show ’em who’s boss, okay?  OKAY?!” Just being honest. I’m curious. Do you tend to lean on the side of mercy or justice?

6 thoughts on “Go Get ‘Em, Lord!”

  1. Wow. If you had asked me this question 10 years ago, I would have definitely said, “Justice.” But after witnessing what happens when you forgive, move on and genuinely pray for someone’s blessings/salvation even when they have stomped you to death, I can answer “mercy” more than justice. Although I would be lying if I didnt’ say that it’s more than natural (especially for my personality) to want to say “Bring ’em down Jesus.” I have to remind myself it’s not my place to bring justice – only His. I’m not perfect at it yet but I can say I’m much better at it the older I get.

    I wish I could say mercy is an automatic response for me. But I haven’t arrived there yet. 🙁 Maybe one day. If I keep bringing my flesh under subjection.

    We’ll see.

    Great post.
    Have a wonderful day!
    And great job on that awesome sentence in your book! ;o)

  2. I can go either way….if I am being totally honest. I need them both.

    But after witnessing and being involved in this, you totally get why Paul was so thankful for being forgiven….

    But as for the other ones there – justice may have found them – Im just sayin’…..

  3. justice.

    and i get frustrated that God’s idea of justice is different than mine.

    but i’m praying for a more merciful heart. cause Lord knows i need it.

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