I am constantly amazed at the mysterious way in which our Lord works. Take God’s kill rate in the Bible: 2,5 million people. What can the Devil boast? A measily 10 souls.
I mention this because we need to watch Satan as he is notoriously sneaky. While God is in-your-face and honest, one never knows what the Devil has been up to, and better the Devil you know!
Of course the 2,5 mill excludes the deaths resulting from the Great Flood, the obliteration of Sodom and Gomorrah, general plagues, famines and other miseries. Then God’s kill rate rises to an impressive 24 mill.
And even those ten who Beezlebub killed were not entirely his own work. They were the seven sons and three daughters of Job, and God only allowed it as part of a bet. Technically speaking, those deaths should be shared five-a-piece, as some of that blood was earned via God’s hands.
Most of God’s strikes were perfectly logical and understandable, such as when He killed David and Bathsheba's baby boy; or when He smote that man who picked up sticks on the Sabbath.
Other times he was probably intending to show off His sense of humour, like when he killed Jehoram by making his bowels fall out; or those people he smote for for dancing naked around Aaron's golden calf.
Isn’t it pleasing to know that our Lord has a sense of ‘joie de vivre’?
Remember when He had those religious leaders killed for taking part in a prayer contest? What did they think it was, MasterPriest? Or how about the time He made a wall fall on those Syrian soldiers. Hoo boy, bet they never saw that coming!
Importantly, God also likes to use smiting as an educational tool. For instance, who will forget the lesson about teasing baldies after God sent two bears to kill children for mocking Elisha's bald head. And don’t forget how God sent a lion to eat a man for not killing a prophet. If God says kill, you damn well do it.
Probably God’s most memorable kill was when He pre-ordained the death of his own Son as part of His grand plan for Jesus (Isaiah 53:10).
"Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief".
Such is the mysterious way of our Lord. He has a plan for you too.
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