The Violence of Love

Let’s focus on these two verses : “Gold, silver, copper, iron, tin, and lead— anything that can withstand fire—you will put through the fire and it will be clean. It will also be purified with the water of purification. Anything that isn’t able to withstand fire, you will immerse in water.” 

The fire of God’s love in our hearts burns away impurities and leaves us like pure gold before the face of God.

Chapter 31 instructed the Israelites about what to do with the spoils of war. It’s hard for us to understand violence in the Bible.  With Jesus, however, we have new teaching about how we are to treat our enemies: we are to love them and to pray for them. 

Love is a kind of “holy violence,” designed to invite our enemies to let go of their anger toward us.  Love is the Kingdom of God in action! 

Numbers  31:22-23

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