Stronger Than Hatred

Andrew was lived. He had come to pick up his son Rob from church camp. While awaiting for the last season to end, he had overheard his son telling other campers how he hatred his dad because of abuse. But Christ had changed Rob's life that week. “ And I know Christ can change my dad, too,” he had concluded.

Andrew stormed to camp director Ivor's office and verbally abused the director for what he had overheard. Ivor calmed Andrew down and responded, “If your son is worst because of his camp experience, call me. I'll personally apologise. But, if your son is better , write to thank me.”

Andrew picked up his son, still steaming with anger. The two drove silently in car listening to radio. About a hundred miles from camp, Rob's dad pulled into a service area. As they looked at the view , Rob awkwardly put his arms around his dad and said, “Dad, I've hated you ever since I can remember. Will you forgive me?”

“Two hours later, Ivor found Rob's dad back at the camp. “ Christ made my son better,” he told Ivor. “Can he do it in my life too?.”

That day, Rob's father began the long process of healing and recovery.

It was not easy for either Rob or his father to let go of the feelings of anger and hatred. But, in the process , they discovered God's power in the world and in their own lives. Read a deception of God's power in Deuteronomy 32:36-3

Bible Text
Deuteronomy 32:36-33:4

36NIV:The Lord will vindicate his people and relent concerning his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.
37NIV:He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in,
38NIV:the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter!
39NIV:“See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
40NIV:I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,
41NIV:when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.
42NIV:I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders.”
43NIV:Rejoice, you nations, with his people,[f] for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.
44NIV:Moses came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
45NIV:When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel,
46NIV:he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.
47NIV:They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
48NIV:On that same day the Lord told Moses,
49NIV:“Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession.
50NIV:There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people.
51NIV:This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites.
52NIV:Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

1NIV:This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.
2NIV:He said: “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes.
3NIV:Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction,
4NIV:the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.

Question to Consider
  • How might Rob's father have responded to this passage in the first part of the story? How might he have responded at the end?
  • What characteristic of God in the passage helps you to understand God's power the most? What comfort do you gain from knowing that power?

Motion Points
  • Confessing a way in which you've tried to escape from God (such as making decisions for selfish reasons), then letting God's power work in that area of your life.
  • Sharing your faith in God's power with someone who had no hope.

Hymn for Today
Lead Me to Calvary [ Jennie Hussey ]

King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.

Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.
Amazing Fact
Have you ever found that an important book is out of print ? Bible scholars often have that problem. The Bible mentions several books that no longer exist. Deuteronomy 41:26 mentions the “ Book of the Teaching.” Others include: the “ Book of the Wars of the Teaching”, ( Numbers 21:14-15) and the “Book of Jashar” ( Joshua 10:13). Fortunately, they don't affect the content s of our Bible.

Further Reading
  • Isaiah 46:8-12
  • Ephesians 1:19-22
  • Job 9:4-10