I recently heard a message where a reference was made to people in the Bible God killed… which probably sounded as harsh to you as it did me. It was said a lot could be learned from doing a study on that topic when the main thought of God’s holiness is kept in mind.
That was enough to hook me on learning more about God’s Holiness and why He does what He does. So I did a quick search of people in the Bible that God, for one reason or another, took their life. What I found is detailed below… which is not an exhaustive list.
The first thought I have is, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. Whatsover a man sows, that he will also reap.” The next thought I have is that my question ought not to be… “Why did God take their life,” but rather, “Why is He allowing me to continue breathing?!” My third thought is, because God is holy any infringement upon that is a SERIOUS offense… therefore I need to live in order to glorify God.
I’d be glad to read your thoughts if you have any you wouldn’t mind sharing. What follows is not an exhaustive list. Just the ones I could think of in a short amount of time.
The People of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:34-35).
First Born In Egypt (Exodus 12:29-32).
Egyptian Army In The Red Sea (Exodus 14:26-28).
Korah And His People (Numbers 16:31-33).
Uzzah (2 Samuel 6:5-7).
Ahaziah’s Messengers (2 Kings 1:9-16).
Anannias and Sapphria (Acts 5:1-10).
Herod (Acts 12:21-23).
A near death experience in Corinth (1 Cor 5:1-5)
Corinthian Believers (1 Cor 11:29-32).
Others? (1 John 5:16-17).
God is serious about sin. God is serious about His glory. God is serious about holiness.