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AWESOME GOD

April 4, 2017

Tuesday

 

Isaiah 45:7 

 

I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.

 

 

LESSON

 

God alone is ultimately responsible for everything in nature and history. Everything that is in the universe exists because of the creative will of God. God was not claiming that He creates moral “evil” but both well-being and calamity. He causes (allows) bad things to happen to people for His own reasons, as well as good things, but He does not cause people to make morally evil decisions.

 

The context of Isaiah 45:7 makes it clear that something other than “bringing moral evil into existence” is in mind. God is rewarding Israel for obedience and punishing Israel for disobedience. God pours out salvation and blessings on those whom He favors. God brings judgment on those who continue to rebel against Him. “Woe to him who quarrels with his Master”. That is the person to whom God brings “evil” and “disaster.” So, rather than saying that God created “moral evil,” Isaiah 45:7 is presenting a common theme of Scripture that God brings disaster on those who continue in hard-hearted rebellion against Him.

 

Memory Verse: Numbers 23:19

 

God’s wisdom is like the rainbow, in symmetry, beauty, and variety.

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