May 25 “God of the fatherless”

God is a God of the fatherless, especially the thousands and thousands of babies who are killed in their mothers’ wombs every year in our country. But He is also the God who restores those who have ended their babies lives if they turn to Him in genuine repentance.

God of the fatherless

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 21 & 22
Psalm 68.1-6
Proverbs 17.2-4
John 8.28-59

2 Samuel 21 & 22:

Divine judgment

In chapter 21 we have the story of the seven sons of Saul being executed by the Gibeonites. Romans 12.19 says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” This is divine justice being carried out.

But it hardly seems fair that it would be carried out on the next generation. In fact, Ezekiel 18.1-20 declares that a son or daughter will not die for the sins of their fathers.

Sad child

That passage is true spiritually, meaning children won’t suffer eternal consequences for their parents’ sin. But it is also true that children, and even grandchildren, sometimes suffer physically for the sins of their parents. A baby born to a crack addicted mother may also be born “addicted” to the drug. The children of a drunkard often suffer from his or her abuse or neglect. Children whose parents live in sin and immorality often learn the habits of their parents.

We never sin in isolation.

But one phrase may help us understand why God allowed His justice to be carried out this way. Verse 1, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house …” It appears that the violence was not limited to Saul, it may have been a predominant attitude among his descendants, as well, (remember Shimei who cursed David when he fled Jerusalem). Continue reading