Chapter-6.3   Eight Irresistible Characteristics Of God

He Is Beautiful In Judgment

In Chapter 4.1, I made the the statement that, “Judgment almost seems like an after thought when beholding the beauty of God.” But, the greater reality is that one of God’s shining elements of beauty is, in fact, his purity in judgment.

  1. His judgment is genuinely impartial — he is not a ‘respecter of persons’.
  2. But, at the same time, he does treat us all with the highest level of respect.
  3. He listens to and thoroughly evaluates our excuses and responds to them accordingly.

Let’s see these concepts illustrated in the story of Adam and Eve, after they have eaten the forbidden fruit and made fig leaf garments for themselves…

Genesis 3:8-19 NIV *1*

[8] Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. [9] But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” [10] He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” [11] And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ” [12] The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” [13] Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” [14] So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. [15] And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” [16] To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. ” [17] To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. [18] It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. [19] By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” *1*

Notice how the Lord brings Adam to account, through a series of questions, thus inviting Adam into the process.

A. Where are you?

B. Who told you that you were naked?

C. Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?

Because there is an element of dialogue involved here with questions, I have at times wondered if this process didn’t take place over a period of time rather than in an abrupt conversation.

Let’s face the facts, God knew the answers to these questions — he did NOT need Adam to validate his opinion that Adam had eaten from the restricted tree. Thus God’s judgment of Adam could have been swift and all one sided!

Notice what happens when Adam offers up his excuse, “The woman you put here..” God exhaustively explores Adam’s excuse. To the point of questioning Eve, listening to her excuse, pronouncing judgment on the serpent, returning to Eve and announcing her consequences to her, and now that HE has patiently exhausted all excuses and executed all underlying judgments, God returns to Adam, and pronounces Adam’s consequences to him.

Did you notice the shift in the pattern when God came to the serpent? He did not question the serpent — he simply pronounced judgment. This shows the high value he places on people and the respect with which he treats all of them.

Notice also that there are no breaks for ‘special considerations’. He does not cut Eve any slack because she did such a great job in the “Rose Garden” (fictional rendering to make the point that God is not a ‘respecter of persons’ — a theme that is carried throughout the Bible).

While this judgment scene is not pretty (none of us looks forward to being judged by God), there are elements of beauty in the purity God brings to the process. There are also elements of compassion and grace. Remember HIS kind invitation to us (discussed at length in chapter 4.7), that if we would honestly judge ourselves (and respond accordingly), we will not be condemned with the world! For people (all of us included) who MUST give an accounting of our lives to HIM, this is a very generous offering!

So, America, where are you? Reader, have you judged yourself?



*1*. Genesis 3:8-19 NIV / New International Version / Zondervan / Distributed through Tecarta Bible Study App / Tecarta, Inc. / ©️2019 Tecarta, Inc.


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