Have you ever heard someone say, “God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice?” Usually this is said in the context of a discussion on hell. You might object to the idea of torturing people forever in hell as being not very loving, and the other person might say, “Well, you know, God is a God of love, but He is also a God of justice.”
In other words, God wants to forgive, but He must be just. He must punish sin. It this true? Must God punish people for their sin? Does God punish people for sin? While it is true that God is both merciful and just, both forgiving and just, the question is “How?”
This is what we discuss in this study of Jonah 4:7.
The Text of Jonah 4:7
But God prepared a worm at the rising of the dawn the next day to attack the vine so that it withered.
In this discussion of Jonah 4:7 we look at:
- The worm that God sent to attack the plant
- Why the rising of the sun hints at justice
- Why Jonah wants justice
- Why God does not want justice
- Why God cannot both forgive AND give justice
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