The bible is bursting with divine acts that don’t make alot of sense to us. Think about it.
Early on in the Bible, we read that people have become so evil that God regrets making them. So what does He do? He decides to save animals and eight of His people – and then He kills the rest. But He doesn’t just kill them. He drowns them all with a massive flood. (genesis 6-8)
A flood? drowns everyone? If I were God, I wouldn’t have done that.
Later on, Moses is up on a mountain while the Israelites are down below worshipping a golden calf. When Moses comes down, God commands the Levites to whet their swords and run through the camp and slaughter their brothers and friends and neighbors. Three thousand people died that day, and the Levites were blessed for their obedience! They didn’t stop to figure out whether or not the Potter’s ways were just.
Years later, God commands the Israelites to slaughter all the inhabitants of Canaan (Deut 20:16-18). Men, Women, and children…every..single..one. Even though God is merciful, He tells them to take no prisoners. Slaughter them all.
If I were God, I wouldn’t have done that.
While the Israelites are conquering the land of Canaan, a man named Achan steals some treasures from the town of Jericho. He lies about it, but when confronted he confesses his sin and returns the items. Nevertheless, Achan and his family – including all his possessions, tent and all – are all stoned to death as a result (Joshua 7).
If I were God, I woudldn’t have allowed that, let alone commanded it.
Many years later, God commands the prophet Ezekiel to do some pretty wild things. Ezekiel is told to lie on his right side for 390 days, to lie on his left side for 40 days, to cook food over human dung, to hold himself back from mourning over his wife’s death when God takes her, and to preach sermons laced with sexually explicit rhetoric that would be rated NC 17 were it put to film today.
I definitely wouldn’t have done all of that if I were God.
The fact is, Scripture is filled with divine actions that don’t fit our human standards of logic or morality. But they don’t need to, because we are the clay and He is the Potter. We need to stop trying to domesticate God or confine Him to tidy categories and compartments that reflect our human sentiments rather than His inexplicable ways.
We serve a God whose ways are incomprehensible, whose thoughts are not like our thoughts. Ultimately, thoughts of God should lead to joy, because those same thoughts designed the cross – the place where righteousness and wrath kiss.
Would you have thought to rescue sinful people from their sins by sending your Son to take on human flesh? Would you have thoughts to enter creation through the womb of a young Jewish woman and be born in a feeding trough? Would you have thought to allow your created beings to torture your Son, lacerate His flesh with whips, and then drive nails through his hands and feet?
Im almost sure I would not have done that if I were God.
Aren’t you glad I’m not God?
Excerpt from Francis Chan “Erasing Hell”