The Evil and The Good, The Just and The Unjust

4 Nov

 

A few nights ago, I watched election results. An ABC newsperson commented, “Well, as Shakespeare said, the rain falls on the just and the unjust.”  He was speaking to the number of democrats who’d lost their seats in the house, even though many of them voted against highly debated “democratic” policies. (Don’t worry, I don’t want to discuss politics!)

My immediate reaction was, that’s not Shakespeare! Jesus said those words. After flipping through my Bible a few minutes, I found the verses in mind. 

Matthew 5:45, but for context, verse 44 should be included.

“But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  NIV

Jesus is pointing to the good provision God makes for all as an encouragement for us to love all . (However, this is only for a certain time. We have many verses from Christ telling us there will be a day of judgement ahead. See Matt 10: 11 – 15; Matt 11: 20 – 28; Matt 13: 24 – 30; Matt 13: 47 – 51.)

The news commentator was using the idea of “rain” as a negative, indicating individuals were suffering not for their own actions, but for the actions of their associated group. But I’d always thought of the sun and the rain both as good, both as necessary. And they are, but too much of either can be damaging. Too little of one can be damaging.

This brings me to recently read words in Jeremiah and Lamentations. Jeremiah was God’s true prophet. Though Jeremiah was obedient and served the Lord, the punishment God brought on Jerusalem and Judah affected Jeremiah. He suffered alongside them, but only for a time.

I’m reminded of these truths in seeing so many friends, and friends of friends, suffering. So many sicknesses, tragedies and losses.

It is all only for a time. We must hold hope and comfort as Jeremiah proclaimed in Lamentations,  3:19 – 24.

I urge you to read those verses and place faith in God’s faithfulness.  Hope for the plans he has for us that are so far from the suffering of today.

Bible Reading to Date

Old Testament: Completed through Lamentations

New Testament: Completed through Hebrews 5

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