Israel is still riveted to prayers and the news reports about the three teen boys, ages 16, 16, and 19, who were kidnapped on Thursday night, and whose whereabouts and circumstances since then are still unknown as of this post. While it is not certain exactly who carried out the kidnappings, it is clear that it was carried out by jihadi elements within the Palestinian Authority/Hamas-governed population, probably around Hebron.
Both the PA and Hamas have similar short-term policies towards their long-term objectives: the release of all terrorist prisoners — by which kidnapping civilians, or taking military hostages has proven effective in the past — towards the elimination of the State of Israel. Their tactics may differ — the PA has seen that violence is less well-received by those they are trying to influence; Hamas still avows armed resistance as an Islamic jihad (Holy War) imperative — yet the goal remains the same. How else to account for the “reconciled unity” government between the two faction?
The apostle Paul closes out his letter to the believers in Rome with these words: “For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” (Rom 16:19-20)
We see that those who practice evil and who repay evil with evil (or even good with evil) are wise concerning evil and do not love that which is good. Their definition of peace is not the same as the definition given by the God who made peace with His enemies through the blood of the cross, when the only-begotten Son of God willingly paid with His own life for the sin of the world and the sins of sinners. Vengeance belongs to YHVH! In the wisdom and righteousness of God, He is giving people to see, to discern, to choose good or evil. The day of judgment will come, and as the redeemed of the Lord, we want to let Him crush Satan under our feet.