Sunday Thoughts – 7/19

About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” (Luk 13:1-5 NLT)

I have some questions this morning. I believe in God. I believe that He has a plan. But I wish I knew what it was, even just sometimes.

I would like to ask God why He took a 11 year old boy, but left us with the evil men in this world. But I cannot on. I have name a few that He should have taken instead, but He didn’t ask me my opinion.

Instead, I have to read His word and settle for it – and grow because of it, and be strengthened in it.

This morning, as we met in God’s cathedral, we read the above the passage. People live, people die – not because they are good or bad, just or unjust, but because they are in God’s sovereign plan.  I am assured of the young man’s place with God, so there is no torment there, but it is still a rough piece.

I have taught the young man in Sunday School class, and last summer, during our camping trip, I got to teach him how to swim. He was a good hearted young man, and without question, will be missed. His grandparents are salt of the earth. He is survived – can you call it that – by his parents, his grandparents, and his little sister, who was with him on the ATV.

We will pray for that family daily, hourly, and without ceasing, and we will pray for the pastor who has to preside over the funeral of this young man, who he baptized.

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24 Replies to “Sunday Thoughts – 7/19”

  1. Perhaps God’s plan did not include the death of an 11 year old.  We live in a world at war spiritually.  In war, innocent people die.  The nature of the creation CHOSEN FREELY by God is such that His will is not always done.  The ruler of this world is Satan.  His cgarter has been revoked and his rule is now illegitimate.  Our task is to proclaim the end of satan’s rule and enforce the commission we are given as ambassadors of Christ.  I guess what i am suggesting is God’s plan includes destinations but He is flexible regarding travel.  He risked rejection and (short term) failure in a creation where genuine love is possible.  No meticulous blueprint ala Augustine.
    This is the only way I can handle the evil in our world.  We don’t passively accept it as God’s will.  We attack it is prayer and service.

  2. Sad about the little boy, but know he is with Jesus,,and is in pure ,everlasting joy…and will never suffer again…

  3. So are you saying God could have rescued the young man but wouldn’t?  An 11 year old’s death was part of God’s plan?  Maybe the Piper number was closer than I thought… ;-]

  4. SO the death of this child could have been sanctioned by God?  I am pursueing this because it is often easy to generalize about evil – some mysterious greater plan – than it is to allow that someone close to us was committed to death by God.
    If i understand you rightly – a MAJOR assumption – you are saying: NO it wasn’t God’s plan to kill and YES it was part of some secret plan.  If i am wrong please forgive me and correct me.  Thankies

  5. But He DIDN’T do anything to stop it.  So, unless I am missing something, the possibilities are: A. God could and wouldn’t intervene; or, B. God couldn’t stop it.  The classic problem of evil. Either God is impotent or evil.  This is Ehrman’s approach in his book on evil.

  6. This is why I hate ATV’s…. a young girl I knew of at a church I attended when in seminary, died a violent death riding an ATV, she was only 16, very attractive, talanted, skilled, and so on.  Her life snuffed away so young.  Why? I really don’t like ATV’s. 

  7. “But what if God would not allow Himself to intervene.”  So He could but would not… Ehrman outlines the options for the problem of evil well.  He concludes there is no God…not a necessary conclusion but certainly a possible one.
    What if, to make genuine love a possibility, God so strucured creation such that genuine rebellion IS possible.  Acts of evil that are not a part of God’s  but occur.  And in your words, God would not allow Himself to intervene.
    God’s sorrow over creating man (Gen 6) demonstrates things happen He didn’t want to happen. (Even though He surely foresaw the POSSIBILITY)

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