Not only did God institute the lex talionis in the law code of Israel, but “it was a law which was, in fact, based upon the very nature of God. Yahweh, although a God of love, is also a God of retribution who deals with his creature’s trespasses against his holiness on the basis of his retributive justice. This is seen most clearly and poignantly in the necessity for the Cross. And it is the Cross that both bridges and binds the two testaments. Since it is a grounding assertion that the nature of God does not change (cf. Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8), the principle of divine justice based on that nature, as encased in the judicial lex talionis, must remain fundamentally constant.” So, too, the implication lingers that the appeal to this principle may still find its legitimate place.*
Soli Deo Gloria!
*John N. Day. Crying for Justice: What the Psalms Teach Us About Mercy and Vengeance in an Age of Terrorism (Kindle Locations 607-612). Kindle Edition.