My favorite Christian blogger, Carl Middleton, publishes some wonderful weekly Bible studies. Sometimes he examines a word or a few words, and sometimes he looks at a topic, such as “no mercy” from God at specific times,” and this week, ‘God’s business’ is not always revealed.
I admit that I think about why some things of God are not revealed to us. I have often thought about why Jesus closed the eyes, ears and understanding of who He was to the Apostles to some extent, while He was alive.
I admit I haven’t thought much about God’s lack of mercy for even small children in some Old Testament times. Carl begins his “No Mercy” study with this:
“Why did God show no mercy and kill everything that breathed, when the children of Israel took the Land of Canaan?
He uses scripture from Deuteronomy 7: 2-6 and Deuteronomy 7:16.
This relentless doom of extermination which God denounced against those tribes of Canaan cannot be reconciled with the attributes of the loving character of God … except on the assumption that their gross idolatry and enormous wickedness left no reasonable hope of their repentance from their sin.
Haven’t we all wondered many, many times about the children, why “innocents” are taken in terrible ways? These are not easy things to talk about or to try to explain away…a loving Almighty who will direct the doom of infants. It’s something even many pastors do not want to talk about. But Middleton has not shied away from a question he was asked recently, why “no mercy” for Canaanites. I hope you will read his answer. It may be one of the few you ever run across.
In his post It’s None of our Business, Carl uses scripture from Deuteronomy 29:29, Proverbs 25:2, Ecclesiastes 12:1, Isaiah 8:17, 14:24, 45:15 and 55:8-9, and 1st Corinthians 2:16.
Isaiah 55:8-9 … “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
We are fallen creatures, and as such we just don’t think like God does. And as far as I know we never will. According to Genesis 6:5 … “Every imagination and intention of all human thinking is evil continually” (Amplified) … which is why Paul wrote that we need to … “be transformed by the renewing of your mind …” (Romans 12:2)
So what do you and I say, when we are asked to explain to a skeptic what we don’t understand, or what has not bee revealed to us? Carl has an answer for you. Read it here.