Why Is God So Mean – Bible Study

I really hoped to post the Bible studies on a regular basis. To be effective as a resource to others, I know they need to be consistent. After this one, I plan on posting them every Wednesday. Here is this week’s Bible Study.

Questions

  1. Have you ever thought that God should do things a little differently than He does? What was it?
  2. Read Matthew 13:13-15 – Can you see why people might think God is mean?
  3. What would you say to someone who says God is mean?
  4. In 2 Chronicles 19:1-4, Jehu the Prophet confronts Jehoshaphat. How can this portion of Scripture be used to help someone understand God’s desire for us?
  5. What advice would you give to someone who said they just don’t feel close to God?

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  1. God is Mean? Someone that sent His one and only Son to Die for our salvation from our sins against Him? Says the Adult Body that said the same thing about his/her parents telling them NO about some ill conceived pleasure.

    1st Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

    We see in a mirror darkly means we DONOT really Understand God’s nature.

    Exodus 33:17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

    18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

    19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

    21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

    One of the best stories I’ve heard about God’s viewpoint vs our viewpoint as God as a Chicken Farmer, trying to explain to the wayward chickens they NEEDED to go into the Safety of the Chicken coop because of the STORM, YET they wanted to chase tasty bugs instead. The chickens might listen but they do not fully understand the Farmer’s words or intent. God had to send His Son to Become a Chicken as to Tell Us the Way.

    When I talk to people who think God is “Mean” I have to remind them that God GAVE OVER the Earth to Man and Man’s sins gave it to Satan and they are complaining about the wrong person for their troubles.

    God created the world (Gen 1:1). At that time, the world was in God’s dominion. After He made man, He gave dominion to Man (Gen 1:26). It does not say that He shared dominion with man, but gave it to him.

    Satan is the god of this world (2Cor 4:4, John 12:31, Eph 2:2). He showed what he owns while tempting Jesus saying, “I’ll give you all the kingdoms of the world if you bow down and worship me” (Matt 4:8-9). Psalms 24:1 says that the earth is God’s because He created it, but God is not the god of this world, therefore there is a conflict of interest between God and Satan.

    Happily the Gift of the Blood of the Lamb of God is nothing that Satan can condemn. John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    Nothing can destroy that.

    Romans 8:34Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God—and He is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”…

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