In a normal Court, a Convict is offered a chance to voice mitigation before a ruling is passed and many have benefited from this provision. But some mitigation is appalling.
Think of a 60-year old who chopped off the hands of his wife saying;”Your Worship, I plead for leniency because I am an orphan; have a wife and children to look after, and I am physically weak …” Does such kind of a person really have responsibility over his wife, and at 60 would the factor of being an orphan work out?
My brothers and sisters, Ecclesiastes 11: 14 remind us that there is Judgment Day some day. Given a chance, how moving will your mitigation be?
When Hezekiah, King of Judah, was sick, God sent Prophet Isaiah to alert him that he would die- 2 Kings 20: 1, and just as me and you would, the news disturbed the King. Interestingly, grief stricken as he was, King Hezekiah remembered that God is a listening Father and engaged the Merciful Lord in prayer; 2 Kings 20: 2.
He recollected how wonderful prayer is even to Kings (Genesis 20: 7 and 18) and appreciating his sequence of life, Hezekiah did not hesitate to put forward his mitigating factor; “Remember now, oh Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight…” – Isaiah 38: 3.
And having weighed his mitigation against his life series, we hear in 2 Kings 20:5b and 6 that God set King Hezekiah granted his request since what he had said was right.
Dear readers, would your mitigation move the Lord just as Hezekiah’s? Sirach 49 v 4 explains that King Hezekiah deserved to be attended to as his mitigation reflected what kind of a person he was.
It all goes to how we prepare ourselves before the Lord? Fortunately, the teachings in the Holy Book are so clear on how we should be conducting before the Lord and our fellow mortals.
The Mount Sinai Covenant is still binding-Deuteronomy 5: 3 while Exodus 20:1-17 has it that we should be following the Ten Commandments, and it rests upon us to enjoy the privilege King Hezekiah, the son of Ahab, did, but we surely require to establish strong grounds that would appeal before the Lord to enjoy eternal life as proclaimed in Mathews 25:31-34, otherwise those who choose to go their own way, eternal life eludes them; Mathews 25:41.
Actually, if we understand what we really are before the Lord, we surely will know when to confer to God on what, how, why and where. This is the time to smooth down records in the Book of Life, for such a chance might not be available when dead. Let it be!