Dying by the Sword

In February 2011, revolution broke out in Libya, eventually leading the country into a civil war. In March, NATO military stepped in. By August, Tripoli was seized and Muammar Gaddafi went into hiding. He was killed yesterday (October 20, 2011) as he tried to flee his hometown of Sirte. His convoy was struck down by a predator drone and French fighter jet. Details are sketchy, but reports indicate that Gaddafi was eventually killed by a bullet wound to the head from ground forces.

I’m not an expert on foreign affairs, that’s for sure. However, Gaddafi’s death is a good reminder to us that “those who live by the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). His 42 year reign in Libya was marked by brutality and oppression. His death is a fitting end to a tyrannical leader.

This is what made the death of Jesus so unjust. He didn’t “live by the sword” and yet He “died by the sword.” Jesus was peace-loving and peace-giving. He healed the sick and raised the dead and fed the hungry. Yet, Jesus died a brutal death on a cross outside of Jerusalem. Why? He died for our sins. The righteous died for the unrighteous (1 Peter 3:18). Praise be to God.

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