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We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received" (Isaiah 53:5). This, however, was only one of the servant songs. Jesus identified more clearly with Isaiah 61:1, "The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his spirit. " These servant songs reveal that God does not act in a heavy-handed way. Rather, God gives strength and determination to accept suffering as a result of political action. Gandhi's nonviolent action and the suffering his supporters were prepared to endure illustrate the suffering servant role.

Jesus grieved at the death of Lazarus (John 11:35). He moaned all the way to the tomb (John 11:38). At other times he was tired. On occasion he resisted a call for help. His reward was the joy on the faces of the sick and Page 42 the rejected as they discovered relief and acceptance. At the annual meeting of the Canadian Church Press a few years ago, I talked about the death penalty with one of Canada's leaders within the evangelical church community. His reading of the New Testament convinced him to oppose capital punishment, for every time he found an urge to kill, it was associated with demons.

The way for him to look after his clan's interests, he figured, was to kill Benshor in revenge. He started to make these plans soon after the murder. When Benshor realized that Go'el was after him, he ran to the nearest city of refuge and clung to the horns of the altar. This was the sacred place where no one could touch him. If he was not convicted of planning the murder he would have to stay in the city of refuge until the local priest died. Then he would be free to go back to the ranch. If he wandered out of the city and Go'el found him, Go'el could kill him without getting into trouble.

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