Hendrick ter Brugghen, Esau Selling His Birthright, c. 1627. (from here)
It seems sometimes Christians spend a lot of time trying to excuse God or soft-pedal the idea of His absolute sovereignty and full right to deal with us as He wishes. Great thoughts here from Citizen Tom. Comments close here; blessings and enjoy.
From our perspective God does some things that appear to be awful. When we read the Bible we see what looks like genocide and murder. Either God orders the killing, or He does it Himself. Here are some examples.
- The Great Flood.
- The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
- The Ten Plagues of Egypt.
- Ordering the Hebrews to annihilate the Canaanites.
- Delivering up the sons of Saul to be hung by the Gibeonites.
The Book of Revelation tells of more awful things to come. Then, of course, there is that great, mysterious evil we call Hell. How is it that God does or even allows such things?
The last example from above, the Gibeonite Revenge, is told cryptically. In greater scheme of things, the story seems to be a small thing. Yet it is the the Bible, and it is so puzzling.
In the midst of famine King David grew desperate and sought the cause from God. God told him the following:…..read the rest of the post here: WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE GOD? WHO ARE WE TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR GOD?