Cruelty toward God’s creatures

Tragedies and atrocities occur daily. We hear of them when they are unusual, such as the Oklahoma man caught in the meat processing machine; when they involve large numbers, such as the murders in Norway; or when someone famous is involved, such as Amy Winehouse.

We often feel saddened, shocked, or repulsed. The closer to home, the greater the tendency to feel anger at injustice.

“Man’s inhumanity to man,” wrote Robert Burns, “Makes countless thousands mourn.” Such wickedness is more than a human being inflicting suffering, pain, and death upon another (or upon oneself). What makes it worse is that one is showing cruelty toward God’s creatures. To harm another who ultimately belongs to the Creator, who was intended for his praise and pleasure, who was made for fellowship with the Almighty God, is to commit the worst crime. Continue reading “Cruelty toward God’s creatures”

A Different Kind Of Power

The fury of God’s wrath is fearful to witness; it’s frightening to even read about. Israel was close to feeling the heat of divine rage. God had been true to his promises by bringing them to the doorstep of Canaan, their soon-to-be home. Now all that remained was to march forward and take possession with God’s help.

Israel, however, chose to believe their eyes instead of God’s promises. They quickly forgot the plagues upon Egypt, the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, the gushing water from a rock, and other manifestations of God’s power. Upon hearing the pessimistic report of the ten spies they decided a return to Egypt was their best option (Numbers 14:1-4).

God’s anger was justified: “I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they,” vowed God to Moses (Numbers 14:12, NKJV). No longer would God’s people be called the children of Israel (Jacob); that race would be wiped from the face of the earth. If God did as he vowed, the new people would be the children of Moses. Continue reading “A Different Kind Of Power”