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Is God Unjust? (25 of 47)
I. Is there Unrighteousness? (v. 14-18)
This question comes because people's finite minds can not handle the idea that God chose Jacob over Esau. The idea is that if God chooses one over another that it is unfair.
Well, of course it is unfair in our finite minds. I mean we live in a democratic society that preaches all are created equal. We live in a society that believes you can be whoever you want to be. Because of this we can not handle the notion that God would chose someone over someone else. We think that is unfair.
Well, let me quote a line for you, "Life is not fair." But, God is fair and righteous. Paul's answer to that question is, "Not at all!" To put it into the vernacular of today's teens, they would say, "as if!" The idea of the Greek word used here is, "A thousand times no."
Because God Himself is the measure of righteousness and justice, He has no capacity for unrighteousness or injustice. It is His very character to be gracious, compassionate, merciful, and loving. The psalmists repeatedly declared that cardinal truth. David asserted that "the righteous God tries the hearts and minds" (Ps. 7:9) and "The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness" (145:8). Other psalmists proclaimed: "Thy right hand is full of righteousness" (48:10); "Thy righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens" (71:19); "Gracious is the Lord, and righteous" (116:5); "Righteous art Thou, O Lord, and upright are Thy judgments" (119:137); and "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness" (119:142).
With equal certainty Jeremiah testified, "Thus says the Lord, 'Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth'" (Jer. 9:23 - 24). By ...
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