I am indebted to Reuven Hammer, former president of the International Rabbinical Assembly for some of the material found in this blog adapted from his article "Job and his Comforters," Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2011
Gordon, while I certainly agree with the scriptures you quoted from Genesis, I still maintain that we need always to walk in humble awe before the ineffable Lord. I really liked Rev. Meader's statement.
"but it must be the greater sin of rejecting the Lord God" That's a really good way to put it Rev. Meader. Thanks for that contribution..
Dear David, Thank you for your latest. Your comment on Japan was interesting. A few Christians in the Uk seem to think that the Uk is suffering it's present crisis because of it's attitude to Israel. from his UK throne. Of which our attitude to Israel is part .
Please pray for us on the UK South coast. I retired here a few years ago, (Chichester) and I feel the Lord wants us to champion the Israel and Jewish Messianic cause in our area. We are waiting for God's guidance. There are quite a few of us who feel like this and would value your prayer. We feel something big is going to happen here.
I know we must be carefull in judging but I remember over 40 years ago reading a book called Curse or Coincidence? The author named countries who suffered. He then pointed out each was against Israel and reminded the statement of God that those who bless decendants of Abraham would be blessed but those who cursed would be cursed.
Shalom from Australia, Gordon
Great Post Mr. Lazarus. Thank you for scripturally laying it out in a very liberating way.
Hey David, thanks again for this post. I've linked to you in the latest http://judahgabriel.blogspot.com/search/label/weekly%20bracha" rel="nofollow">Weekly Bracha.
The root is that it's easier to criticize than change self.
Thanks Judah for the tip. I enjoyed Schiffman's straight forward talk.
You are right. We tend to judge others more harshly than ourselves. I wish that I didn't, but sometimes find myself falling into that trap. Why do you think we do think we do that?
Followed you here from your comments on some Messianic blogs.
This was an insightful post. This "God is punishing the Japanese" stuff needs to be called out as junk. I doubt these folks are consistent in their reasoning when their loved ones succumb to disaster or disease. "God's judgment only happens to other people."
You might be interested in Dr. Michael Schiffman's post http://drschiffman.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/thoughts-on-death-and-dying/" rel="nofollow">Death and Dying, which touches on this same subject of suffering.
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