There are many times in the bible, “The Word of God” where it seems that God lost patience with mankind. To sight examples in the bible in Genesis 6: 5-8…5 Then the Lord[b] saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man, and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord….. Again in Genesis 19: 23-25….23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. Still again with Joseph in Genesis 37:18-20…18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 Come, therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”…and Genesis 37:26-28… So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt. The lord displays another example in Exodus 32: 35… So the Lord plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made….. Again in the Israelites complained against God in Numbers 14: 34-35,.According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered against Me. In the wilderness, that shall be consumed and there they shall die…. God still displays another example of the lack of patience or betrayal in Job when Job faith in God is tested. Job is portrayed as a wealthy man of upright character who loves God. Yet God allows Satan to destroy his flocks, his possessions, his children, and his health. Job refuses to give up on God, even though he does not understand why this is happening to him, in Job 1:6-12…6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[a] also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come? “So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”9 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord …., even with Jesus His son, God allows Jesus to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness…Matthew 4:1-11….Them Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands, they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”,…still another example where it would seem that God’s son Jesus forsakes Martha and Mary when their beloved brother Lazarus dies, in John 11: 17-27….So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” The last example with Jesus’s death it seems that God has forsaken His Son in Mark: 15 33-34…Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sab ACH Thani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?”
Now, what is the point of all these examples when it seems where God has lost his patience and forsaken us? The point is that God has not forsaken us or lost patience with mankind. Did God do all these acts against mankind? Yes God did. God hasn’t lost patience with us but with sin, and in every example given in this article sin has been committed. You may be a parent and want what is best for your children. Most parents love their children as God loves you. But just because we love our children are they perfect or sometimes they do the wrong thing. The act of disobedience from your children has to be dealt with in some manner. There are consequences for all our actions when we fail to do the right thing at times in our life. You sometimes have to punish your child when they do things that are wrong, should it be any different with your heavenly Father. In all these examples there was some act of sin in the individual’s trust, faith, ignorance, disobedience etc. Let’s explore these examples further to explain God grand purpose in showing His grace, love, and mercy.
The first example was that God was grieved that mankind was totally disobedient toward Him. They committed sin after sin in defiance of God. God was disappointed that mankind in this example turns away from God except for Noah and his family. They still believed in God and so God told Noah of his plan to destroy the world with a great flood. He told Noah to build an ark so that Noah and his family would be spared of this great flood that would destroy the world. God instructed Noah to gather all the animals by two so that Noah’s family, as well as the animals, would repopulate the world after the flood receded. God’s grand purpose in this example wasn’t to destroy mankind but God wanted to restore mankind. God even promise Noah that he would never destroy the world by the flood with the sign of the rainbow.
Sodom and Gomorrah were the most wicked place on earth at that time. The inhabitants there were evil doing all manner of things against God. Sexual desires, stealing from others, murder, idolizing false Gods and human sacrifices were common things in these cities. God grew impatience with the constant disobedience against Him, but still, there was hope for Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham a righteous man before God pleaded with God if he could find fifty righteous people God would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. God told Abraham he would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if he found fifty righteous people. Abraham was unable to find fifty righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham interceded for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah that if he could find forty-five, thirty, twenty or ten righteous people God would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham couldn’t find even ten righteous in Sodom or Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah were examples of what God intended for people living in any cities. Sodom and Gomorrah were perfect examples of cities where the disobedience toward God was an acceptable lifestyle. People in Sodom and Gomorrah knew how to act toward God but choose not to obey God. God’s grand purpose with this example was to show the world the consequences of God’s disobedience.
The story of Joseph in the bible is a great example of God’s grace, love, and mercy but it seems that God had abandon Joseph. Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of Joseph because of their father, Jacob favored Joseph. We as parents sometimes have a child that we might favor over all other children. It’s not that we love any of our children less it’s just with our favored child we might have more in common than our other children. It might also be that this favored child we might be more like us than the other children. In most case, however, this favored child just might be more obedient to our rules than our other children. We can judge Joseph’s brothers for sailing their brother into slavery but having a favored child in any family is enough to stir up jealousy.
Joseph had favor with God because he loved the Lord and was obedient to God’s will and for those who don’t know Joseph story, God also gave Joseph the gift of prophecy through his dreams. Joseph had the ability to interpret dreams and predict the future through others dreams. It would have seemed God’s favor with Joseph had ended when he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph’s brother told their father, Jacob, that Joseph was killed by a wild animal. However, Joseph was sold to a good man of wealth and became a favored servant in this man’s household. Again it would have seen that his favor with God had ended when the wealthy man’s wife accused Joseph of raping her and Joseph was thrown in jail. However, in jail, Joseph was able to interpret the dream one of the king’s servant while that servant was in jail with Joseph. Joseph’s reputation of interpreting dreams was presented to the Pharaoh of Egypt. The Pharaoh keep having to reoccur that which none of his council could interpret accept Joseph. The Pharaoh of Egypt summonses Joseph to interpret his dreams. Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dreams and told the Pharaoh that Egypt would have seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. The Pharaoh was so impressed by Joseph interpretation of this dreams that he placed Joseph in charge of Egypt during this period second only to him. Joseph was in charge of Egypt’s food and water supplies during Egypt’s famine. All the people of the regions had to go through Joseph in order to obtain their portion of food and water including Jacob’s family. Jacob sent his sons to Pharaoh’s camp to get provisions for food and water. Joseph during this time of famine Joseph married and had two sons. Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt as instructed by their father to get provisions for food and water. Joseph did recognize his brother when they came before him. Joseph remembered what his brother did to him held the youngest of the brothers in prison. Joseph accused his brothers of being spies and made a deal with them that he would give them their provisions but one of the brothers had to stay behind in prison and they had to bring back their youngest brothers to prove that they her honest men. Joseph actually wanted to see all his brothers. Joseph didn’t want to reveal himself to his brothers because he wasn’t sure what they would do. Joseph’s brothers went back to Canaan told their father, Jacob wants having happened and that they had to bring Benjamin, their youngest brother to Egypt for the provisions they had received. Joseph’s brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin. Joseph couldn’t restrain himself any longer and revealed himself to his brothers. Joseph told his brothers in Genesis 45: 4-8….4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not, therefore, be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt…. Joseph went with his brothers back to meet his father, Jacob. Jacob’s family moved to Egypt so that they may enjoy God’s blessing He had given to Joseph.
What was God’s grand plan in the story of Joseph story? God’s wanted to express to all of us that regardless of your gifts or whether you are the favor with God or not God will never forsake you. God will never leave you alone to deal with your problems in life, but we have to believe that God is on our side. We have to believe that God is with us in good times as well as bad times. Joseph committed no sin before God yet he was sold into slavery by his own brothers. I wonder how many of us would have the kind of faith Joseph had. In most case, we would have been complaining how life is not fair or maybe God is dead. So many of us don’t understand God is always in control. They say that some people say where was God when evil things happen to people? Where was God when the Jews went through the holocaust in Germany? Where was God when the African-American were enslaved? Where was God when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan? Where was God? God was there still in control. The fact is that mankind has two choices to do good or evil. Mankind has these choices because God loves us and you don’t control people’s mind when you love them. All people have to choose their own path in the world whether it is evil or good. Again as I stated earlier God loses patience with the situation of our sins but not us as sinners.
The example of the Israelites is a display of a lack of faith in God as their sin. God heard Israel’s cried for freedom from Egypt. God sent Moses to free His people the Israelites. Moses was once a part of Pharaoh’s court and was raised as his son and heir to the throne of Egypt. However, Moses a Jew (which Moses didn’t know of his Jewish heritage) murdered a servant of Pharaoh and was banished from Pharaoh’s kingdom. Moses found out about his Jewish heritage was residing in a distant land when God called Moses to free his people from Egypt. Moses through many trials and tribulations in Egypt convince the Pharaoh to set free the Israelites. But God hardens Pharaoh’s heart and he came after the Israelites and Moses. The Israelites were trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. The Israelites complained to Moses saying we would have been better off staying in Egypt as slaves than dying as free people in the Red Sea. Moses then stretched forth his staff and said see the salvation of the Lord and parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross over. Just as the last Israelite cross over the sea closed their opening and drown Pharaoh’s army which had pursued the Israelites. The Israelites still complained while they were on their journey to a promised land because they didn’t have enough food or water. God provided a pillar which gave them food for the drink for their journey. Moses was instructed by God to go into Mt. Sinai to get the commandments for the people of Israel. The Israelites while Moses was at Mt Sinai getting the commandments from God grew impatient and made Arron Moses’s brother make a gold calf as a God for the Israelites to worship instead of God. The result of this constant complaining before God left our God no choice but to banish that generation of Israelites from the promise land. God made that generation of Israelites wander in the wilderness forty years until they were all dead. What was God grand plan in this example? Simple left that generation of Israelites to lives as they choose in disbelief and sin.
The example of Job in the bible is a great example of a Christian’s faith in God. In this example, Job didn’t sin or place himself in a situation where he was tempted to sin. This was just a testament of love for God and the faith that God will never forsake us. Job was stripped of all his flock and possessions as well as his health by the devil. God allowed this to happen to prove a point to the devil. The point God wanted to prove to the devil is that a person love for God has nothing to do with having great success in life. Satan told God that the minute Job lost his possessions and his health he would curse God. But this didn’t happen to Job he still kept his faith in God. What was God’s grand plan in this example? God’s point in this example was that no matter what happens to people who believe in God, God is still in control and will never forsake us. Job could have cursed God or complained about his faith in God but he loves God and knew that God is good and God is love. Most people think when they have or they are living a faithful like for God they will be immune to the things that happen to Job. The worldly things are ruled by the devil, not God and sometimes the devil can make things happen in our lives so that we could turn away from God. But Satan is a deceiver and will use any weapon to entice us to turn away from God.
Jesus temptation in the wilderness was a testament of faith and obedience to God’s laws for all of us. Jesus came as an example of what we in the flesh should be like as God’s followers. Satan used every means to tempt Jesus to turn away from God. But Jesus didn’t turn away from God and that means we should either. I stated before in previous articles that we are in a spiritual warfare with the devil. Our only defense is God’s love grace and mercy in us. We must follow the word of God no matter what temptation come upon us which is God’s grand plan in this example.
Jesus was able to perform many miracles during his ministry on earth. Martha and Mary were grieved that Jesus didn’t save their beloved brother, Lazarus from death. Jesus himself was grieved that Martha came to him wondering why Jesus didn’t save their brother, Lazarus. This is another example of having great faith in God promises. Martha knew Jesus was great and could perform miracles but didn’t understand why Jesus didn’t come to her brother’s aid when he knew Lazarus was dying. This is where we as Christians have blinding faith. This is to say by blinding faith is that we have to know God is in control even when we don’t understand what God is doing. We can’t explain everything that God does for us because most of the time we don’t that maturity of faith to understand God’s purpose. Jesus as well as God wanted to prove they have power over death by which Jesus was able to resurrect Lazarus from death
The last example is when Jesus called out to his heaven, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me.” This is a perfect example of what it is like to be totally separated from God. This was the case as Jesus cried out for Jesus knew this would happen to him. Jesus wasn’t crying out in disbelief or discuss He knew he was taking on all of our sins and in doing so at that moment he would be separated from his heavenly Father. What was God’s grand plan in this example? Very simple that mankind would be pardoned for all of our sins. Mankind will sin because we live in a sinful world but there is always hope because your heavenly Father will always forgive your sins if you repent. God has never lost patience with mankind only sins leave us absent from God’s grace, love, and mercy. I submitted a gospel related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!”
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Written by Kofi Baruti
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