If God is good, why is there evil in the world?
Big Idea: Don’t Blame God, look within.
1. God created a good world.
2. Adam and Eve sinned bringing consequences.
3. God overcame evil with the cross. (3:15)
In banishing his rebellious creatures from his presence in Paradise, the LORD still extends his grace.
Jesus solved the Old Testament problem of evil by harmonizing divine justice and mercy. By his atoning death, he is the divine theodicy, vindicating both divine justice and mercy at the cross (Rom. 3:26; 5:8–9, 20–21). Grace reigns through righteousness, which is revealed by the gospel of grace (Rom. 1:17). And so through grace God moves us to praise his righteousness. Many Old Testament saints suffered more severely than any contemporary believers, and yet they died before seeing God’s conquest of evil through Christ’s cross. They had to trust that God would one day vindicate himself. How much more should new covenant believers trust God to vindicate his justice at Christ’s return according to his faithful promises.
Reflection: Have you considered that the answer to our question is the cross?
Isaiah (11:1, 4–9) prophesies:
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse.…
With righteousness he shall judge the poor.…
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den
[the serpent has been rendered harmless].
They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.