God kills and makes alive

1 Samuel 2:6 “The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to the grave and brings up.

PERSONAL COMMENTARY

At least God’s a balanced God.


5 responses to “God kills and makes alive

  • Robin

    This is an excellent exaple of God being All in All.

  • Anonymous

    Always read the verse before and after to try and get the full meaning. Anyone can twist and turn a verse to mean what you want it to mean. You can’t just open up the bible read a verse and know exactly what message is being given. Think about it. The words you are reading are thousands of years old. They had their own “slang” words if you will. For instance, there are verses in the bible that refer to sons of god, but in those days that phrase often meant “men of royalty.” If you dig deep and study the word with the neccessary tools the truth will reveal itself.

  • Wackadoo

    But that’s the whole point of arguing the Bible.
    If you take them as parables, then fine… They’re great stories with moral values.

    But if you take them literally like a lot of Christians do, then they’re just full of crazy stuff…. Adam and Eve? Noah’s Ark?

    They’re just parables.

  • pboyfloyd

    Okay, Anonymous, I read the preceding verses and a couple after…didn’t change the meaning at all… did you have a point at ALL???

    The verse seems to be telling us that God is taking personal responsibility for everyone that dies… and if need be… he can bring them back… we KNOW that this is not true at all. HE’s not taking responsibility for those thousand babies an hour that are dying for lack of fresh water and simple stuff like that.

  • heardofgod

    I believe that this is a popular form of Hebraic poetry. A contrast between good and bad and what God does for each in his righteous judgment. I’ll renumber these verses for reference sake and put my references in parenthesis. If you read from verse 1 through verse 10 of 1 Samuel 2 (renumbered in parenthetical references), it is obvious to me that Hannah is pointing out the fact that God has exalted her (v. 2, 21, c.f. 35; 2) who, being in want or need, received freely from God (v. 15, 22, 23, 24, 30) who judges (v. 10, 11, c.f. 28; 29, 33) and reserves the right to judge (v. 5, 6, 7, 26, 27). Hannah has realized that she is not exalted because of might (v. 12, 30), a full stomach (v. 14), or many children (v. 17). These are the rewards from God to his “godly ones” (v. 13, 15, 16, 28). The difference is the approach of the servant (c.f. v. 3 and 4; 8 and 9) and knowing who it is that is the ultimate equalizer (v. 5-7, 10-11, 18-35).

    (renumbered for the sake of reference)
    1Samuel 2:1-10

    Then Hannah prayed and said,
    1 “My heart exults in the LORD;
    2 My horn is exalted in the LORD,
    3 My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
    4 Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

    5 “There is no one holy like the LORD,
    6 Indeed, there is no one besides You,
    7 Nor is there any rock like our God.

    8 “Boast no more so very proudly,
    9 Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;

    10 For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
    11 And with Him actions are weighed.

    12 “The bows of the mighty are shattered,

    13 But the feeble gird on strength.

    14 “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,

    15 But those who were hungry cease to hunger.

    16 Even the barren gives birth to seven,

    17 But she who has many children languishes.

    18 “The LORD kills and makes alive;
    19 He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
    20 “The LORD makes poor and rich;
    21 He brings low, He also exalts.

    22 “He raises the poor from the dust,
    23 He lifts the needy from the ash heap
    24 To make them sit with nobles,
    25 And inherit a seat of honor;

    26 For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S,
    27 And He set the world on them.

    28 “He keeps the feet of His godly ones,

    29 But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
    30 For not by might shall a man prevail.
    31 “Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
    32 Against them He will thunder in the heavens,

    33 The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
    34 And He will give strength to His king,
    35 And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”

    The way you have posted this makes it sound like God didn’t clarify, and that he is playing mind games with us by bringing us up and then back down. But God “kills” the wicked and the righteous he “makes alive” and I don’t see an inconsistency in scripture or God’s character, in this verse.

    So if God does ALL these things, do we want to be against him? Whose side do we want to be on? It seems to be a little off balance, one sided and not much of a choice as far as “who do we want to side with,” but look at the many who choose the not-so-obvious option. The cross, it is the ultimate divider. God did not spare his own Son. But Christ did not seek anything but to do the will of his Father. Can we stand upright and walk to the Father, forsaking everything that hinders?……. like our very life? ………Or sin?

    When you can read Psalm 119 and not think about what it costs YOU to have the same opinion as the author, then you will smile with Hannah at these verses because the cost wasn’t even paid by YOU. Although, you can choose to pay your own way. It Just requires eternity. We all have that much available to us to spend as we like, but I think I’ll save it and let someone else pay my way.

    God bless,

    Sam

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