It is with sadness that I read the account of the young man that took the life of his wife and two daughters over the weekend.
He let the third live as she reminds him more of himself than the older two; whose ways were more reminiscent of his wife.
Interestingly enough killing one own’s family member is the first account of murder accounted for in Abrahamic religion.
Documented in Wikipedia :-
The Abrahamic religions recognizes the biblical account of Cain and Abel, this fratricide was the first type of murder to be committed.
In the mythology of ancient Rome, the city is founded as the result of a fratricide, when the twins Romulus and Remus quarrel over who has the favor of the gods and over each other’s plans to build Rome, and Romulus becomes Rome’s first king and namesake after killing his brother.
Hearing from God
He told detectives during an interview that he believed “in God’s eyes it was all right for him to deal with someone in this manner who had been involved in adultery or an extramarital affair,” Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
I think within the faith community we have to do a far better job of separating physiological self from God.
Lord is patient ( 2nd Peter 3:9 )
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
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Lord Longs to be Gracious
Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
( Isaiah 30:18 )
The NIV says that he is more than gracious. He longs for it.
He rises up to extend graciousness.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
NKJV talks about him waiting to ensure graciousness….
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
Brenton Septuagint Translation admonishes to stay upon him :-
And the Lord will again wait, that he may pity you, and will therefore be exalted that he may have mercy upon you: because the Lord your God is a judge: blessed are they that stay themselves upon him.
Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
( Ezekiel 3:15 )
Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
( Ezekiel 3:19 )
Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
( Ezekiel 3:20 )
Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
( Ezekiel 3:24 )
Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.
( Jeremiah 42:4 )
And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah.
( Jeremiah 42:7 )
And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;
( Jeremiah 42:9 )
If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.
( Jeremiah 42:10 )