Proverbs 15:10-11, James 1:13, Habakkuk 1:13-15, Exodus 7:14-11:10 (Not Shown): Discipline, Plagues, and Evil
We need to be able to distinguish between Discipline and Evil. Think of it this way. We are good parents, and when we discipline our children, we deny things such as video games or cell phones, or not allowing them to attend a function that they really wanted to attend. Evil does things that are illegal, malicious, or hurtful to others. Evil tries to control us through fear. I bring up the plagues of Egypt because that is sometimes an example of God using evil to procure the release of the Israelites from Egypt. I do not have the perfect answer for the people who use this as an example. My only response is this, Yes, God did this; He sent the plagues. I guess that is the key, he sent the plagues. It was not done by human hands. There is much evil in the world. It has brought disease, it has brought droughts, and it has brought many disasters. Maybe that is the key, think about it, all the things that happened to God’s people, the plagues these were all allowed by God as a warning. Have you not read the prophets, such as Micah, Habakkuk, or Jeremiah just to name a few? The warned about things that would happen if God’s people did not return to Him. Then they happened. Maybe some of these things that are because of sin are not discriminating as to whom they hit. They hit the good and the wicked alike. Maybe there were warnings about these things and like those of old; we did not listen. The plagues of Egypt, if you remember were all because the pharaoh did not allow God’s people to leave.
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? 14 You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler. 15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord— how much more do human hearts