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I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of what Jesus said about God – “He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).
- What does the context contribute to the meaning?
- What are some of the broader implications theologically and philosophically – in terms of the way the world works?
- People sometimes pray for sunny days for their outings. Are such days reserved for the good and the just?
- How directly is God involved in distributing sunny and rainy days?
- And who fits in each category? Who are the “evil” and “unjust”? Who are the “good” and “just”?
- How does reference to the “just” relate with those who are declared “just” in Christ?
- How does this fit the larger discussion about common grace?
Context: Jesus words are seated in a startling countercultural command: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (vv. 43–44). Why? “That you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
- Matthew 5:43-48 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
More thoughts to come, and I welcome your input.