It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!! Today’s verse shows us this all-mighty God isn’t really all that mighty if this is his solution to a problem.
“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.” – Exodus 22:22-24
Let me start by saying I agree with the first sentence. One shouldn’t take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. One shouldn’t take advantage of anyone. It’s the second sentence that starts the problem with these verses. If they cry out to me? What if they don’t cry out? What if they can’t cry out? Where is God then? This all-mighty god doesn’t know when a widow or a fatherless child is being taken advantage of by someone? Is this all-mighty god really that weak?
Then there’s the last sentence in which God says he will kill you. Is death a worthy punishment? In my view, death is never a worthy punishment. Could an all-mighty god not come up with a more just punishment? Could an all-mighty god not come up with a more meaningful punishment that would actual help the offender lead a better life? Or is it possible God is not all-mighty? Or maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t exist at all! Hmmm.