Tuesday, May 13, 2008

why do people die?

that is probably one of the most frequently ask question, "why do God allow good ppl to die?" this is a bit long but i think there are good stories from the bible. the pages of history that can probably give us a good answer of that question.

1. why do innocent baby die?
'At about this time Jeroboam's son Abijah came down sick. Jeroboam said to the wife. "Do something.... Make a visit to him (prophet) and he'll tell you what's going on with our boy."
Ahijah (prophet) heard her come through the door and said, "... I've got bad news for you. Go and deliver this message I received firsthand from God, the God of Israel, to Jeroboam: I raised you up from obscurity and made you the leader of my people Israel. I ripped the kingdom from the hands of David's family and gave it to you, but you weren't at all like my servant David who did what my I told him and lived from his undivided heart, pleasing me. Instead you've set a new record in works of evil by making alien gods––tin gods! Pushing me aside and turning your back––you've made me mighty angry.
... Go on home––the minute you step foot in town, the boy will die. Everyone will come to his burial, mourning his death. He is the only one in Jeroboam's family who will get a decent burial; he's the only one from whom God, the God of Israel, has good word to say." '

1 kings 14

my observation: could it be so that there will be one person in their lineage that can be spared from such sinful life.

2. why do good people die?
'Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to God––never loosened his grip––and God obeyed to letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures.
Some time later Hezekiah became deathly sick. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz paid him a visit and said, "put your affairs in order, you're about to die––you haven't long to live."

Hezekiah turned from Isaiah and faced God, praying:
Remember, O God, who I am, what I've done!
I've lived an honest life before you,
My heart's been true and steady,
I've lived to please you; lived for your approval.

And then tears flowed. Hezekiah wept.

Isaiah (the prophet), leaving, was not halfway acroos the courtyard when the word of God stopped him: "Go back and tell Hezekiah, prince of my people, "God's word Hezekiah! From God of your ancestor David: I've listened to your prayer and I've observed your tears. Im going to heal you. In three days you will walk on your own legs into The Temple of God. i've just added 15 years to your life..."

... shortly after this, Merodach-Baladan, the son of Baladan king of Babylon, having heard that the king was sick, sent a get-well card and gift to Hezekiah. Hezekiah was pleased and showed the messengers around the place––silver, gold, spices, aromatic oils, his stockpile of weapons––a guided tour of all his prized possessions. there wasnt a thing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah didnt show them.

... Then Isaiah spoke to Hezekiah, "Listen to what GOD has to say about this: The day is coming when everything you own and everything your ancestors have passed down to you, right down to the last cup and saucer, will be cleaned out of here––plundered and packed off to Babylon." '

2 kings 18-20

my observation: if he had died, his children might have continue to lead the kingdom in peace. but his pride had opens doors for him to invite his enemies into his land.

3. why do bad people live?
'In God's judgement he (Manasseh) was a bad king––an evil king. He reintroduced all the moral rot and spiritual corruption that had been scoured from the country when God dispossessed the pagan nations in the favor of the children of Israel. He rebuilt all the sex-and-religion shrines that his father Hezekiah had torn down, and he built altars and phallic images for the sex god of Baal and sex goddess Asherah, exactly what Ahaz king of Israel had done. He worshiped the cosmic powers, taking orders from the constellations. He even built these pagan altars in The Temple of God, the very Jerusalem Temple dedicated exclusively by God's decree to God's Name. And he built shrines to the cosmic powers and placed them in both courtyards of The Temple of God. He burned his own son in a sacrificial offering. He practiced black magic and fortune-telling. He held seances and consulted spirits from the underworld. Much evil-–in God's judgement, a career of evil. And God was angry.

The final word of Manasseh was that he was an indiscriminate murderer. He drenched Jerusalem with the innocent blood of his victims. That's on top of all the sins in which he involved his people. As far as GOD was concerned, he'd turned them into a nation of sinners... Manasseh died and joined his ancestors. He was buried in the palace garden, the Garden of Uzza.'

2 kings 21

my observation: if he is so evil, why not destroy him. he died a normal death. in fact, he lived long enough to commit such a long list of sin. could it be... God was giving him a chance to repent.

this is just a humble observation of mine after reading the whole history of the kings of israel. and i cannot help but wonder if there is a reason im still alive today. we all are destine to die one day. it doesnt matter we die a peaceful or tragic death. more important is what we do with the days given to us.

i didnt write this at all because of the recent calamity. but maybe God was preparing me for it because i was dumb-strucked for a whole week after the 9eleven incident. like i always say, death does nothing to the dead for they are no longer here but hopefully it does something to those of us left behind.

God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesnt want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.
2 peter 3.8-9

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