Today’s Reading – 2 Samuel Chapters 8-9 and I Chronicles 18
These two chapters in Samuel reveal a measure of the wrath and compassion of God.
David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. 2 Samuel 8:2
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1
While I admit that I cannot conceive the scene that results in two-thirds of an enemy population being killed. I must also admit that I have a hard time conceiving the kindness shown to the relative of the person that tried for years to have you killed.
That is the trouble we have with God.
We try to wrap our infinite thinking around the infinite God – that in itself is a paradox that cannot be.
We need to learn to approach God like a child – filled with wonder, awe, and fear.
It is only then that we can even begin to conceive all that is God.
Perhaps waiting til the end of the story will also help us gain perspective as we too often pass judgement before the story is completed.