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Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Job 21“Then Job replied: 2 “Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me. 3 Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.”
34 “So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”
Mark 5:18 “As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.”
Mark 6:26 “The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.”
The story of John the Baptist being beheaded because of a request at a dinner party is one of the most barbaric, horrific stories in the New Testament.
What is hard for me to understand is that John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin! And he was beheaded at the request of Herod’s wife, because he was so pleased by their daughter’s dancing?? This is so wrong on so many levels. The king had promised her whatever she wanted, so her mother chimed in asking for his head… on a platter… in front of their dinner guests. And people were ok with this??
I’ve had several conversations recently about God’s will… Is God’s will always done? Does “everything” really happen for a reason? Not a chance.
That’s why Jesus said we should pray, “Let your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Because his will is NOT always done on earth (as it IS in heaven.)
To think that it was “God’s will” for John the Baptist to be beheaded… or that God caused a tsunami or an earthquake as judgment… or that people would starve to death around the world… None of that is God’s will. None of it happens apart from His knowledge, but tragedies happen. Evil people do evil acts. Hurricanes wreak havoc… planes crash… things happen. To think God allows one thing and prevents another is just… I don’t know… ignorant… or over-simplified. We want to give God credit AND BLAME for EVERYTHING that happens. One person lives and gives God credit… another dies and those around them blame God.
I know God is not distant or unconcerned…
There is a line in one worship song that states, “He tells every lightning bolt where it should go.” (Guessing that line is derived from Job 32 “He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.”) The problem is that the person who spoke that was Job’s friend Elihu… I’m sorry, his friends’ theology was messed up.
I don’t want you to think that I believe God is not at all involved… or that this all just happens “randomly.” I mean, we just read yesterday that Jesus calmed a storm by speaking to it… (See Mark 4). But people in one city are praying the hurricane doesn’t hit theirs and it hits another instead… Were there people praying in THAT city that it wouldn’t hit there? Were the people in one city praying harder than in the other? Did God change his mind because of their prayers? Is there really more sin in one city than in another that God would send judgment by a storm?
I’m sorry, did I miss something? Did or did not Jesus take the sin of the world upon himself on the cross? Again, don’t get me wrong… Revelation speaks very clearly about the final judgment of the world when 1/3 of the seas will be turned to blood, etc. Scary stuff.
In the end, His ways ARE higher than my ways. Perhaps He DOES tell every lightning bolt where it should go?
1 million lightning strikes per day hit the earth… or about 1 BILLION strikes per year!
That just makes no sense to me…
(If I’m struck by lightning, now you’ll know why…)
Lord, help me to see things through YOUR eyes and not via my own thoughts or “wisdom.”