God allows evil in this world, as a consequence of man’s free will. He loves man so much and desires so much to have his voluntary fellowship, that he is willing to permit sin among humanity. But he works even now to bring peace and joy to those who love and serve him. Evil will soon end, so that God’s good may prevail. Glorify God for his marvelous plan!
Israel was God’s special nation among the pagans. It was a nation in the true sense of the word, with government, land, borders, states (tribes), and a population based on birth.
As such, the government was supposed to represent God’s will and promote it among the people. The government was first made up of judges and prophets. Then the people demanded to be ruled by a king, like the Gentiles. The king should encourage justice and righteousness and quickly punish evildoers. Continue reading
Evil is not obvious at first. Evil people do not show their worst face. Their fruit appears only after the flower is gone.
The sins of some people are obvious, going before them into judgment, but for others, they show up later.
1 Timothy 5.24 NET Continue reading
Doing two things at the same time can be dangerous, like driving a vehicle and texting. Other things are impossible to do at the same time, like, say, driving a vehicle and swimming the breaststroke. (But there’s always someone who will try, right?) Here are two things impossible to do simultaneously:
Stop doing evil. Learn to do good.
Isaiah 1:16-17 GWT
Doing good must be learned. Man has his definition of what is good, but his ideas, in the spiritual realm, are almost always wrong.
It is not enough to stop doing evil. We will do one or the other. The doing is always present, for man is not inactive. If we’re not doing good, as God determines what is good, then we are doing evil.
This applies to the people of God, as much as to the pagan. For Isaiah writes these lines to Israel. The church must learn also to reject evil in order to embrace the good.
Which are you doing right now?