每日诗歌: 如鹿切慕溪水 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPS-KgfCQo8)
既使他向我们解释他的行为，我们可能也不会明白。你曾经试图向一个蹒跚学步的孩子解释过你的规则呢？有时，父母最后只好说：“照我告诉你的去做，因为我爱你，总是给你最好的”。 最终，我们对神要归结于信任，信任他的无限智慧; 归结于信心，相信他的完美计划; 归结于爱，坚定的确信他是主并且他爱我们。就是那么的简单，但也就是那么的困难。
Leviticus 10 [Read]
Leviticus 11 [Read]
Leviticus 12 [Read]
Matthew 26:1-19 [Read]
Do we need to defend God? That is an interesting question. In fact, it may be more appropriate to ask “CAN we really defend God?” or “Does God really need US to defend him?” These kinds of questions often come to my mind when I read passages like today’s Scripture.
The two sons of Aaron offered “unauthorized fire” before the Lord and perished for doing that (Lv 10:1-2). The wording clearly tells us that they did something God did not specify, and they paid a dear price for it. God is sovereign, and he demands absolute obedience. God could be using them as examples to teach the Israelites, just like he took Uzzah’s life (2Sa 6:7). God is holy, and anything unspecified could defile him without our knowledge.
But isn’t that kind of harsh? In both cases, the individuals seemed to mean well. Is it really necessary to punish them like that? We can provide a textbook answer on God’s holiness and sovereignty or righteously rebuke the ones who ask the question for their lack of humility, but that does not really eliminate the doubts in our heart. The fact is that we often don’t know why God did what He did. Our way of defending some hard-to-comprehend actions of his usually, if not always, falls short. Just look at the 4 friends of Job. God was not happy with either one of them, and Job had to intercede for them at the end. God did not explain himself to Job either. God really does not owe us explanations. “I am who I am” does carry this meaning.
Even if he does explain his behavior to us, we most likely will not understand anyway. Have you tried to explain your rules to a toddler? Sometimes, the parent will end up saying “just do as I told you, for I love you and always want the best for you”. At the end, it boils down to trust, trusting his unlimited wisdom; to faith, believing in his perfect plan; to love, having the unwavering conviction that He is Lord and He loves us. It’s as simple as that, but it’s as difficult as that.
A simple episode like this tests our faith. I am not advocating a blind faith, for Paul did want our love to be “abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight” (Phi 1:9). Our capacity of knowing him and his action will grow with our pursuit of him. As a famous theologian once said: “I believe, then I understand”.
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