Daily Archives: January 14, 2010

Was The Earthquake In Haiti An Act Of God?

After putting the finishing touches on yesterday’s blog, tragedy struck in Haiti. An earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter Scale flattened Port-au-Prince, the capital city, and other surrounding villages. At least a third of Haiti’s population—3 million people—were affected.

The timing of yesterday’s blog post about God’s judgment and Hurricane Katrina—coinciding with the earthquake—takes my breath away.

Time and time again, it seems as if Haiti has a spiritual “kick me” sign posted on their backs. I’d be foolish to speculate that their tragedy is the result of God’s judgment. But I do wonder if their voodoo practices attract tragedy.

Please join me in today’s conversation.

TODAY’S READING

Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15

INSIGHTS AND EXPLANATIONS

Genesis 29:31-30:24. Leah was blessed with children, but really what she wanted was Jacob’s love (notice the meaning of her children’s names in Genesis 29:31-35). Rachel, on the other hand, was blessed with Jacob’s love, but she desperately wanted children (Genesis 30:1).

Genesis 30:14. A mandrake is a dark green plant from the potato family that bears a yellowish berry, approximately the size of a small tomato, which can be eaten. Other surrounding cultures viewed it as an aphrodisiac as well.

Genesis 30:37-43. No clear evidence exists that the tree branches mentioned here actually cause sheep to mate. It’s probably an old wives tale. The real reason why the sheep mated in this episode is because the females were in heat.

Matthew 10:1. “Jesus gave his disciples authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” The disciples became an extension of Jesus.

THE WORD MADE FRESH

Did God vent his fury on Haiti two days ago?

Absolutely not. I might be overlooking something, but I can’t find evidence in the New Testament that God destroyed nations for their sin.

But here’s what I’d like to do today. Rather than explore our reading more in-depth in this section, I’d like to call all of you—our Daily Bible Conversation community—to be part of the answer to the tragedy in Haiti.

Here’s what we can do:

  1. Pray. Let’s pray that people around the world will give generously toward supplying the needs of the Haitian people. Let’s also pray that people will be rescued from the rubble, lives will be rebuilt, the spiritual “kick me” sign will be removed, and that this tragedy will serve as a turning point in this poor nation’s spiritual history. Please join me in asking God to root out the voodoo and corruption that have paralyzed this country.
  2. Give. In the past, I’ve worked with an extremely reputable organization called World Relief. If you’re interesting in making a difference in Haiti,  click here.  Also, my very good friend Dave Mansfield is leaving tomorrow to help with the relief effort in Haiti through RescueNet, a faith-based, nonprofit international emergency disaster response team. If you’d like to donate toward their efforts, click here and make sure to include “RescueNet” in the memo.

Yesterday, we read in Psalm 11:2, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do​?”

This is what they do.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. What spoke to you in today’s reading?
  2. If you’re his disciple, then you’re an extension of Jesus (like  Jesus’ disciples in Matthew 10). Does it give you more confidence or less?
  3. Where was God in the January 12 tragedy in Haiti?

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