Tell me what you know about burning coals.
Coal, as in charcoal. Flaming hot. On fire.
Now, if I were to put a burning coal on your head . . .
If I were to heap burning coals on your head . . .
What would that look like? What would that mean?
What about in this context . . .
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.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Say what now?
I don’t know. That’s why I’m asking you.
You. Not your best devotional-commentary-Bible-study-help friend.
And not what you’ve always thought or always heard or always been told.
What do you think it means from your understanding of the Bible today?
My thoughts later. Yours now.
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