This question of God using His own hand to destroy seems to be becoming a more forefront question and there is the idea in many minds that this would be a violation of the sixth commandment and that would then make God a vicious murderous killer. And of course, God would never break His own law.
But if I conclude that it would be wrong for God to destroy with His own hand, then I must also conclude that it would be wrong for Him to command His angels to do so. But furthermore, it would be quite double minded should God command His people to do so as well.
If you have ever studied the Bible, at this point you may be thinking “How could anyone even entertain such a teaching? Obviously God commanded His people to destroy in numerous places throughout the Bible, and there are places where His angels were also instructed to destroy, so why would I ever believe such that it would be wrong for Him to do it with His own hand?”
Just looking at the Bible we read the following:
Exodus 7:4, 5 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
God speaking through Moses explained that He would use “His hand” to do this. Some might be saying that this is not His literal “hand”. Would you think that maybe Moses should have corrected Him and said “No God, actually you don’t destroy with your own hand. Maybe you should reword that one.” There are many higher critics of God’s word today who might say just that. But I am of the belief that maybe they are stepping on Holy ground, and it is time to take off their shoes.
But furthermore, the Bible teaches He is “The LORD of Hosts”. The word “Hosts” actually means “armies”. And so He would lay His “hand upon Egypt, and bring forth His armies.” Or at least that is what He says.
What I am finding nowadays, is more and more Bible teachers who would actually put themselves above scriptures, and so many are becoming higher critics of the Bible, that by this they are placing themselves above God with their reasoning.
Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
If we read of the 10 plagues in ancient Egypt we will notice that the first 3 were counterfeited by Satan, but after that, Lucifer and his angels were unable to reproduce what God was doing.
Finally after the tenth plague and God plunging Pharoah’s army into the sea they sing what is known as the song of Moses, it is the song of the 144,000, and the song of the redeemed, who will be redeemed by the arm and hand of God.
Song of Moses – Will you be singing it on the sea of glass? Rev 15
Exo 15:1 …the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
By what does God use to throw?
Exo 15:3-6 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. (4) Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. (5) The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. (6) Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
Now there is more to this song, but it is a song of redemption. A song of deliverance, a song of salvation. A song that will be sung on the other side of the sea of glass. But how many will say “No, that would be wrong or contrary to the character of God for God to do it with His own hand?” How many will refuse to sing this song thinking they know better than this?
One brother was sharing this with me, and I began to question his beliefs asking “Where in the Bible does it say that God doesn’t use His own hand to destroy?” He said “It doesn’t.” I said “So why are you saying it does? He said because “my mind cannot conceive going there” and “the thought is troubling to my Spirit.”
So this is an idea conceived in his own mind by a misunderstanding of right and justice. A failure to understand mercy and love. But furthermore, a feeling of some higher knowledge and understanding believing that their fruit is good, while those who question their ideas are basically vicious, murderous killers who don’t understand love.
I inquired a little more and was at this point ex-communicated for asking to many questions. One of the questions that I asked before being defriended on facebook, which I know many of those proposing these ideas believe, and that was whether it was Satan who had done these plagues. And since the Bible says God did it with His “Right hand” does this mean that Satan is the right hand of God?
I did not receive any answers at this point, and sadly I’ve found that many who have accepted some of these teachings are for the most part not very open to having their beliefs investigated or questioned.
I do have great concern for these brothers and sisters since the Bible is the word of God, and for the most part many are questioning it similar to what happened under Satan’s tutelage in the garden of Eden when he presented some “seemingly” beautiful fruit to her, and told her God’s word doesn’t mean what it really says. And finally gave her the idea that she had higher knowledge than God himself, similarly by criticizing Moses and the prophets, to the point where their own words are thought to be even more credible than the word of God so that they as god sit in the seat of God.
Let God be true and every man a liar.
Is this Satan?
Exodus_9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
Exodus_13:3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
Deuteronomy 2:15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.
Deuteronomy 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Deuteronomy 7:19 The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.
Deuteronomy 32:41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
Is Satan the sword of the Lord?
Joshua 4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.
Wow. Is Satan the “hand of the LORD” and does God want all the people to know Satan?
Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
Obviously this is Jesus. And when we read the story of Jericho and consider it, the walls fell, these thing were not just nature taking its course, and it clearly wasn’t Satan here who was “the hand of the LORD” knocking down the walls, etc.
Joshua 10:11, 14 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. … for the LORD fought for Israel.
I asked someone who believes it is wrong for God to do this with His own hand the following “when you throw something, what do you normally throw with?” I waited patiently for a response, and finally it came. He responded that it was an “extreme view” to believe that God would throw stones with His own hand.
I thought about it, and said to myself “Did God throw it with his feet? His shoulder? His eyes, his mind?” And then I said who is really making us question these plain statements in the scriptures? And why? Obviously this brother is sadly being led on by Satan to question the plain statements in scriptures.
Now how many today will continue to question whether it was wrong or right for God to do this? The reason that this is done is because of a failure to understand the seriousness of sin. And a failure to understand justice. Which leads to not understanding the cross of Christ. The war in heaven was started over the issue of God’s law and justice. Sin was transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4) and the transgression of it required death. (Rom 6:23) God gave His only begotten son to satisfy the demand of the law. Satan tried to misrepresent God as unjust. Nothing new under the sun.
Yet now, some are even promoting extreme ideas saying “the sacrifice of Christ was not required, that angels were forgiven and brought back to heaven without a sacrifice.” “That humanity required God to sacrifice His Son and God never required it.” All of these absolutely unbiblical ideas stem from the idea that God is wrong if He does it with His own hand. As if man dictated to God what the law should require, and God answers to man.
These are all conclusions that would follow the logic of believing that all killing is a violation of God’s law. These are conclusions that can only come from the idea that God is wrong if He does it with His own hand. Because once you believe God is wrong for doing it with His hand. Then you have to conclude that angels are wrong for doing it with their hands, and then of course that it was wrong for humans to do it with their hands.
But the word of God is very clear, I could list a few examples of righteous judgments being executed by righteous people at the command of God, such as Elijah, David, Joshua, Moses, Abraham, Samuel, etc. Now some will take a step back and say “those are not righteous judgments”, they are “unrighteous.”
Some are teaching that God only commanded them to do such things because their hearts were wicked and God was actually encouraging them in carrying out their wicked desires. WOW TO THAT. Yes, I am not making this up and have examples of these teachings from several who claim to teach the character of God. The true character of God message will preserve the word of God, as it is God’s word which has power to transform the character into the same image. The counterfeit character of God message has fruit that may look good to the eyes but has you questioning the word of God at every corner. “Hath God really said”(Gen 3)
Again, with the idea that God commanded them to carry out their wicked desires. Notice the following judgment regarding the son of an Israelitish woman who had blasphemed God:
Lev 24:12-16 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them. (13) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (14) Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him. (15) And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. (16) And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.
This wasn’t “the mind of the people”. It was “the mind of the LORD” to stone him with their hands. Now if this is murder, then God’s mind is to do murder. If you believe it is murder, or say this is murder to do it with their hands you are blaspheming the character of God. And what is “the mind of the LORD” concerning such blasphemy. Its not good.
God is a God of mercy, but yet in times He delivers His children by a strong hand. And to attribute his right hand to Satan is no different than the pharisees did when they attributed the miracles of Christ to Beelzebub. When you call God’s righteous judgment unrighteous, you are doing the very same thing that started the war in heaven. And you are also making the cross of Christ of no effect.
As with the children of Israel in Korah, Dathan and Abiram and the 250 princes which God opened the earth and swallowed and burnt with fire. Beware of the ground you are standing on when attributing the goodness and deliverance of God to Satan. That is exactly what the 250 princes did, and that is what Israel did, And for those who may still be going to these meetings where these things are pressed upon the minds and they are blaspheming His character.
Numbers 16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
I would say consider carefully the ground you are standing on. God wants you to be built firmly upon his rock. And Jesus likened those who follow the word of God as a wise man who built upon the rock.
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