What, exactly, qualifies as a defamatory remark against our Maker? What human words misrepresent His character?
- How dare He allow hunger, death, disease?
- What can we make of Scripture’s confusing remarks about submission, and homosexuality, and predestination?
- Why are our own lives riddled with disappointment, misfortune, loss, and waiting?
I read recently about why we call God “the rock of my salvation.” In the Old Testament, Moses had led God’s people out of slavery and into the desert. There was no water. The people were violently angry at Moses and God for bringing them towards certain death. And in the original language*, you can tell that the people put Moses and God under a formal, legal trial for the lives they felt sure would thirst to death.
Moses wouldn't hit a stone; He would hit His Maker.
Moses struck the Rock, and streams of water spewed forth.
Then, in anger at the people's rebellion, Moses struck the Rock a second time. Big mistake.
It's scandalous enough that we put God on trial.
It's humbling enough that our Holy One puts up with it, even bearing the punishment we deserve.
Once is enough.
Once won us salvation.
We can be sure of this: He bore our punishment and is worthy of our loyalty.