Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 6, 2014

The Permission of Evil

Why does God allow bad things to happen? Of course, we do not know. But it is like childhood. We grow up, occasionally thinking mom or dad is mean. But when we grow up and have children of our own, we understand and have much greater appreciation for what they did. And all the while, our parents try to protect us from outside evil influences that they don’t have control over.

So it will be at the resurrection. We will all come back to life and we will have new appreciation for what happened in the first life. Those things that remain a mystery for us we will ask of the King, and no question will be too hard. Why did Aunt Sally die of cancer? Why was uncle Rick so mean? Why did my brother have to go off to war? For in that Millennial Day:

“Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with difficult questions. So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from the king which he did not explain to her. When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. Nevertheless I did not believe the reports, until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report which I heard. How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom. Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the Lord loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.” 1 kings 10:1-9

No question will be too hard!! The Queen of Sheba did not believe the reports, and isn’t that true of us? We do not really believe in heaven, or that Jesus will raise us from the dead. But when it comes true, we will be overwhelmed and awestruck.

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