Monday, February 1, 2010

The One who knows all, judges last; the ones who know little pre-judge.

I saw something while reading the story of Jesus healing the Man born blind in John chapter nine.

The man's parents, when asked about the healing, were afraid to answer because the Jews had already decided to expel anyone favorable to Jesus (John 9:22). The Pharasees had judged Jesus to be a sinner because he did not follow their rules on sabbath keeping (John 9:29). All throughout the gospel, everyone is pre-judging based on little to no knowledge of the truth. When Nicodemous tells the temple leaders the law does not allow pre-judging before the accused has a chance to be heard, they shut him down (John 7:50-52).

God, on the other hand, knows all the facts yet time and again waits until He, personally, interacts with the one deserving judgment.

Primary example - Sodom and Gomora:
And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. Genesis 18:20-21 (KJV)
God already knew the terrible things going on, so why did he say, "I will go down now and see"? This has always been a puzzlement, but I think it points out God's loving nature. Even though He knows everything perfectly He waits, giving every opportunity for change, every opportunity to be shown wrong though He never is.

This may be why there will be a great judgment at the end where everyone will stand before God for the final judgment, when the "Books will be opened" (Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 20:12) though God knows from the beginning.


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