Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Job and mercy

“The wager by Satan appears to be an extraordinary incident at the outset of the book [of Job], suggesting that God’s dominant mode is to bless faithfulness and curse wickedness. However, God retains the right to grant his grace and even his discipline according to his sovereignty. It is this truth that should have been comforting for Israel, because, if Yahweh were to follow a strict retribution model, they would never have survived. It was his extraordinary displays of mercy in the face of their wicked rebellion that ensured their continued existence.”—A Severe Mercy, page 394 (emphasis his)

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I love the "however!" It definitely explains God's mercy through Jesus!
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