121 – CREATION OF EVIL
The book of the prophet Isaiah records that Jehovah is the creator of darkness and evil (Is.45:7). What is it to create darkness? It is to produce it where before there was light. Jehovah revealed to the prophets, his servants, all his projects and secrets. The prophets were, therefore, the light of the Hebrew people. When Jehovah closed the eyes of the prophets and poured a spirit of slumber on them, so that, with their eyes closed, they would not be able to understand the visions and the Scriptures, Jehovah created evil, since their eyes were not closed before, but now they lead the people through darkness, aimlessly. The people also had their eyes closed and the ears shut by the same Jehovah. Therefore, a blind man leading another blind man, both will fall in the pit (Matt.15:14). Let us read the orders that Jehovah gave to Isaiah. “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, lest they see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and repent and be healed” (Is.6:10). “For Jehovah has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, he has shut your eyes, the prophets; and He has covered your head, the seers, and the entire vision shall be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, ‘Please read this,’ he will say, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed’” (Is.29:10-12).
A person who believes in Jesus Christ will be saved (Mark 16:15-16). “‘For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of the light.’ But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him; that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ For this cause they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, ‘He has blinded their eyes, and He hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them” (John 12:35-40). Now, the people, seeing the signs that Jesus did, were going to repent and be saved, but because Jehovah blinded them, and hardened their hearts, they did not believe, and were all condemned to hell. This is how Jehovah is able to create evil where there was good before. Today in the Church, Jehovah keeps on doing his work of blinding people so they will be condemned. “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor.4:4).
Let us consider another evil created by Jehovah. A person is a criminal only after they have committed a crime; they only become evil after having practiced evil, too, because before they practice any evil, they cannot be called evil. We read in the Bible that Jehovah changed the hearts of the Egyptians to set them against Israel. If Jehovah had not changed their hearts, they would not be against Israel, therefore, they were not evil. “Israel also came into Egypt; thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham, and He caused His people to be very fruitful, and made them stronger than their adversaries. HE TURNED THEIR HEART TO HATE HIS PEOPLE” (Ps.105:23-25). If they had been evil and hateful, it would not be necessary to turn their hearts. Hatred stemmed from the heart of that bloody and odious god. The Egyptians were, therefore, the instruments of his hatred. The proof is that he hated his own people a few days after that, when they sinned. And why did they sin? Because they lacked food and water. He, then, gave them food and water, but killed them while they were eating (Ps.78:29-31). Them he promised to bless their children, giving to them the land of Canaan (Num.14:29-33). Jehovah knows how to create evil.
The entire generation of the sons of those who had entered Canaan was gone, and their grandchildren, that is, the third generation, did not know Jehovah, the Scriptures say (Judg.1:10). Everything that happened was written, though (Ex.34:27; Deut.31:24; Josh.8:32;24:26). We Christians know God by the Scriptures. They had the first chapters of the Bible. Therefore, they knew him. Why is it written that they did not know him? Because they had not experienced in their own bodies the vengeful and merciless wrath of Jehovah. The book of Judges tells us how they got to know him: by leaving him. “So they forsook Jehovah and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. And the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went, the hand of Jehovah was against them for evil” (Judg.2:13-15).
Let us go next to another evil that Jehovah god created with his wisdom. In the first book of the kings of Israel, in the chapter eleven, we have the whole story of Solomon’s corruption: his unbridled sensuality, his apostasy and idolatry. Jehovah, as a punishment, divided the kingdom of Israel in two (1 Kings 11:29-35). The tribe of Judah was with Rehoboam, son of Solomon, and ten tribes with Jeroboam, son of Nebat, and there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam during all their days (1 Kings 14:30).Rehoboam died and his son Abijam sat on the throne. There was war, then, between Abijam and Jeroboam during all their days (1 Kings 15:7). Baasha conspired against Jeroboam and killed him, and killed also all his descendants (1 Kings 15:28). Abijam also died in Judah, and his son Asa began to rule(1 Kings 15:8). There was war between Asa and Baasha during all their days (1 Kings 15:32).
When Jehovah divided the kingdom, he was creating evil, that is, the war between two kindred peoples. It was Solomon who sinned and should have been punished. The kingdom was not responsible for the sin of Solomon. Also, Jehovah announces his intention to restore the kingdom of Israel and never to make them into two nations again. If the final project was that there would be one single kingdom, he created an unnecessary and useless evil by dividing it in two (Ezek.37:21-22).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira