214 – GOOD GOD 2
God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, is good (Matt. 19:16-17). The apostle Paul, who personally experienced this goodness, calls him Father of mercies and God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3). Paul also says that God is a father of families. “For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Eph. 3:14-15). The words of the apostle are clear. God is not a God of the Christian families alone, but of all families: Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, Spiritist, from the Candomblé, Atheist, idol worshipper, all of them, for God is a Father of families, and concerning God as a Father, Jesus expresses himself: “Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:9-11). God, the Father of Jesus, is good! It is obvious that Jehovah, affirming that he is the only god (Is. 44:6; 45:21), should reveal in his character the traits of infinite kindness revealed in the New Testament. Let us look at this.
Solomon, the greatest of all sages, declares: “House and wealth are inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from Jehovah” (Prov. 19:14). “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from Jehovah” (Prov. 18:22). The same Solomon, though, with the wisdom of Jehovah, says something else: “The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of Jehovah will fall into it” (Prov. 22:14). Incredible. When Jehovah likes someone, he gives him a good wife, but when he does not, he gives him a worthless one? And Jehovah gives such perverse women, that they are capable of destroying their own houses. “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands” (Prov. 14:1). And Solomon says yet another thing: “It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman” (Prov. 21:9). “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is as rottenness in his bones” (Prov. 12:4). Solomon spoke with much reason, because Jehovah gave him a thousand strange and wicked women, who destroyed him, and also destroyed the kingdom of Israel, for if the prudent wife and the wicked wife come from Jehovah, it is not difficult to conclude that he was the one who gave those one thousand wicked women. By the law of probability, among one thousand women, we should find at least twenty or thirty virtuous ones. The text says: “Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hitite women” (1 Kings 11:1). ”And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away” (1 Kings 11:3).
As Paul says in Eph. 3:14-15, the Father of Jesus takes the name of all the families, both in heaven and on the earth, but this cannot be the family of Solomon, for Jehovah was the one who gave him the one thousand wicked women. If the Father were the one who had given them to him, they would not all be wicked, for the Father is good and gives only good things (Matt. 7:9-11). A God who gives a good thing to one, and a bad to another is not good, because if he gives a bad woman, he gives her with the intention that the children become bad, too. Not only Solomon was rewarded with bad wives. David, his father, received an unfaithful wife, whose husband was Uriah, the Hitite. This adulterous woman forced David, by an oath, to give the throne of Israel to the child born from this abominable union. And this child is precisely Solomon, the one who is guilty of the division of the kingdom (2 Sam. 11:1-17; 1 Kings 1:17).
It is obvious that God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, cannot foster these prostituted unions, but Jehovah fosters them, for he forced the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute and beget three children of prostitution with her (Hos. 1:2-3). It is obvious that Hosea was not punished, for he prostituted himself in obedience to Jehovah, but other men did it and died. The priest could not unite himself to a prostitute:“And he shall take a wife in her virginity. A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather he is to marry a virgin of his own people; that he may not profane his offspring among his people: for I am Jehovah who sanctifies him” (Lev. 21:13-15). Therefore, the children of Hosea, the prophet, were profaned by the prostitution of their parents, were not? How is this? When Jehovah commands, it is sacred and holy prostitution, but when a man does it on his own initiative he is cursed, rejected and condemned? A God who makes use of these artifices is not good at all. He was not good to Hosea, he was not good to the three children, and the example was not good for us, the Christians of these present days. The Father of Jesus would never do such a grotesque thing.
Things do not stop here. Jehovah destroys families. When he turns against a man, he prostitutes his wife: “You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall violate her” (Deut. 28:30). “Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes shall look on and yearn for them continually; but there shall be nothing you can do” (Deut. 28:32). “You shall have sons and daughters but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity” (Deut. 28:41). Jehovah does not have pity on the children. In order to take vengeance on the sinner, he destroys the family and corrupts the children. “Behold, I am going to rebuke your offspring, and I will spread refuse on your faces” (Mal. 2:3: Is. 14:21).
Let us look at the marriage instituted by Jesus Christ, from whose name the Father God takes his name in heaven and on earth. “And some Pharisees came to Him, testing Him, and saying, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?’ And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? Consequently they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate’” (Matt. 19:3-6). This is the good God, who always unites, and never separates, and who blesses and never curses. And the apostle Paul teaches: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25). He is not speaking of carnal love. He does not mean physical attraction. Christ loved the church with a spiritual love, and loved a yet imperfect church. This is the love with which the Father loves us even though we are imperfect. And whoever does not love the same way Christ loves, does not know the Father, for God is love (1 John 4:7-8). It is a matter of spiritual discernment. Some love Jehovah, the bad and vengeful god, but those who have eyes, find in Jesus Christ the good God, for he said: “NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER, BUT THROUGH ME” (John 14:6).
by PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA