THE BIBLE AND CAPTIAL PUNISHMENT
Part 2: Further Scripture: God Sanctions Capital Punishment
“Murder and Killers Row was stacked and crowded as they waited to be hung. There waited the wretched of the earth; some is defiance some with joy. Many more knew not the day, are neither the hour nor why they were there.”
Peace and Paradise, Carl Patton a willing servant of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 4 December 2005.
In the name of Almighty God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Some have been accused and abused. However many are guilty of capital crimes. Therefore there is a place for sinners found in the second death. Also man has some responsibility regarding the physical death.
As we continue our discussion turn with us to Exodus 21 here we will review the 12th and 14th verses.
Exodus 21:12. “He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.”
This verse considers the case of a deliberate act resulting in the death of the victim. This is a valid case for the death penalty.
Exodus 21:14. “But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.”
The murderer at this place was insolent and the act was deliberate. Guile in this passage means trickery. An act of trickery in the commission of murder renders the death penalty.
Meanwhile fleeing to the church or altar thinking that a sacred place would provide protection against the executioner will not remove the death penalty. (See I Kings 2:28-34). Also see Leviticus 24:17 for the law of Capital Punishment noted in Genesis 9:6.
How does God’s law of offering repentance to sinners impact on those facing the death penalty? How can believers escape a death brought on by sin?