Vengeance: Dining on repugnant rot.



Serving vengeance, steaming hot.
Goes down smoothly, hits the spot.
Lays there heavy. Stomach churns.
Regurgitation. Chunks return.
Vengeance lingers, burns like heat.
Spooning up chunks, again I eat.
Goes down smoothly, hits the spot.
Dining daily on repugnant rot.
Richard L. Brewer—2011

“Vengeance is best served up cold”-Copied

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head”, (Romans 12: 16-20, ESV).

Consider the following:

“It was the custom back in the times when these verses were written, for people to have the fire in their home in a brazier. This is the fire they would use for heat and for cooking. It was normally kept constantly burning. However, on occasion, for whatever reason the fire would go out, and when that happened a member of the family would take the brazier to a neighbor or friend and ask for live coals of fire to be placed in the brazier. They would then use these live coals to get their fire going again. The fire after all was what helped to cook their food and sustain them.

Once the burning coals were placed in the brazier the family member would then lift the brazier onto their head as was the custom of the day, and walk back home. Sometimes others seeing the need would also put burning coals in the brazier as they returned. In this way they would help their neighbor by literally heaping coals of fire on their head. When we understand this, we clearly see the reference is not to punishment, but rather to mercy and help, and an indication of caring and love. It was a form of generosity on the part of the neighbors.

By showing love to our enemies then, it is hoped that they will come to understand what they have done to be wrong, and will respond by seeking forgiveness and returning the kindness offered to them.

Thus the “heaping of coals of fire on the head of one’s enemy,” is done to bring them to repentance so that their sin may be forgiven”.



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