Just to start, I would like to apologize; I just now noticed that I’ve posted from Proverbs for the last two posts! Now I’m back to Isiah:
Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men, and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is godless and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still. For wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns; it kindles the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke. Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts the land is scorched, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no one spares another. (Isa 9:17-19)
Wow, God sure seems loving and lenient in this passage doesn’t he! And it doesn’t seem like God is contradicting himself at all does it:
“You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow’s garment in pledge, but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. (Deut 24:17-21)
So… What’s going on?! First he says take care of them then kill them?! What sort of sense does that make? Zero, zilch, none what so ever… So why did God say it? Is he contradicting himself? … No. Let’s look at one part of the above verses:
“You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner
Do things make a little more sense to you know? … We shouldn’t pervert justice, we both agree on that right? Good, because for God to be loving and kind to the Israelites simply wasn’t possible, why? Imagine for a moment, you’re looking at an ant, now, this ant is biting you and trying it’s best to shake its little fists at you… Now multiply it by a couple hundred billion and you’ll see why God is punishing them; it’s because seeing such perversion of all things holy is painful to God. He can’t stand to see it, that’s why sacrifices were made; to appease his wraith! But when they stopped making the sacrifices and hence were no longer covered by the blood, God’s wraith would flare up against them… You, as you can see, don’t want that to happen.
I’ll tell you something else too; if it wasn’t for Jesus, we would be in the same predicament; faced with the wraith of a very angry God who can only be appeased with bloody sacrifices… Just out of the blue, does that mean God is a God of wraith and destruction? Well, yes and no… God is kind, loving, and willing to accept all who trust in Jesus. But he also hates sin with such a vengeance that he’ll do anything, even sacrifice his own son, to get rid of it. Remember, in John 3:16 it doesn’t say “for God so hated sin that he sent his one and only son into the world to die for it…” It says “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son to die for it. Because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, we are made new and are covered in Jesus’ blood, we are loved by God! … That’s not to say God doesn’t still hate sin, he does, it’s just he can’t see it in us because Jesus’ blood makes/made us perfect!
To wrap it all up; Jesus died for us because he loved us and because of that couldn’t bare to see us making such a mess of our lives… The end.
You are loved!