10-15 Suspect in Custody

“Code four! We have the 10-15 in custody.”


Those words are music to the ears of cops everywhere following a manhunt, pursuit, or other dramatic event leading to the capture of a suspect. For those unfamiliar with the terms, “code four” means no further assistance necessary, and “10-15” refers to the suspect who’s been captured.


On October 15 each year, we joked about using the calendar date “10/15” while booking a “10-15”—prisoner. So while studying Scripture during my journaling today (10/15/15), I broke out in moderate laughter while reading Psalm 10:15, “Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.”


I kid you not, that’s what is says! Check it out for yourself.


My mind raced to a few violent encounters when bones were broken during an arrest situation. What did King David mean when writing this passage?


As with most verses, it’s important to keep them in context. In Psalm 10 David deeply lamented wickedness! He described in great detail the evil devised and calamities caused by evildoers. He asked God for divine intervention. He wanted them “caught in their plots.”


David almost sounds like a frustrated detective unable to capture a group of notorious criminals. By the time you reach vs. 15, you can feel his desperation when he pleads with God, “Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer. Seek out his wickedness until You find none.”


King David clearly thought wicked people were acting in contempt of a holy and just God. I am unsure if David’s request was symbolic or literal, but he certainly hoped God would remove power from the corrupt.


Do you feel that way today? Are you frustrated that evil often goes unchecked? Take solace from the words written by King David when finishing his thoughts at the end of Chapter 10.


“The Lord is king forever and ever;

the nations perish from His land.

O Lord, You hear the desire of the afflicted;

You will strengthen their heart; You will incline your ear

to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,

so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”


God’s justice will be complete, but in His timing, not ours. Have a blessed 10/15—as in the day, not the suspect!



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