Reflection Paper On The Suffering Of God In The Prophets

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Reflection Paper on “The Suffering of God in the Prophets”
By Dr. Terence E. Fretheim on Tuesday 3 February 2015

“What kind of God do you believe in?”, one question from an abstract of the public lecture on “The Suffering of God in the Prophets” by Dr. Terence E. Fretheim draws my attention to the fact that I did not understand much about the concept of God 's suffering. I am currently taking Old Testament Exegesis 2: Prophets, Wisdom and Psalms and we learn from the class that God shared His suffering with His people through the works of the prophets in the OT. This concept was quite difficult for me to understand at first because of my limitation to understand God. It did not make sense to me for the reason why God needs to share the suffering
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We can see that “unity” is always a timeless problem for human. And God sent His prophets to speak for Him for this reason. He sent them to call His people to turn back to Him and request them to look at His restoration plan. Dr. Fretheim mentioned that instead of creating the perfect world without poverty, suffering oe natural disaster God definitely created this messy world for some reason. And this is the cheapest way to show His grace to His people. In the past this concept was difficult for me to understand because I thought that it was unfair for the one who love Him. He should allows it to happen with the nonbelievers. However, His thoughts are not our thoughts. We understand things in our life differently due to out limitations. I can see that we tend to think about ourselves or the things around us. We do not focus enough to the thing above which is God. We are living in world which is full of sins and God has reveals us in the Bible for many things that need to be happened. I believe that everything happens for a reason. And God has His own reason to allow things happen. Even the bad things for His people, the one who love Him. The real reason we may not truly understand now but we still can see His compassion to

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