Part 10: Ha'azinu—Deuteronomy 32:1–32:52

The Rock, his works are perfect, for all His ways are just; a faithful Almighty without blemish, straight and righteous is He. (32:4)

It is one thing to believe that God exists. But you see bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. To believe that God is perfect and just, you need to accept that you'll never know the whole story.

The Wealthy Father

The Chofetz Chaim offers a parable. There was a wealthy businessman who had property, servants, all a man could ask for—but the joy of his life was his only son, David, whom he loved with all his heart. One day, his little boy fell ill—and it soon became clear that it was very serious. After many desperate attempts to diagnose the problem, a leading specialist discovered that David suffered from an intense allergy to red meat. He restored David to health, but the doctor gave his father the strongest of warnings to never permit his child to eat beef or veal.

He was indeed very careful—until he was called out of town on business. He warned his servants repeatedly, but on the last day of his trip, one of the cooks foolishly left a steak sandwich on the table. David wandered in, smelled the meat, grabbed a piece and ran outside. He immediately became sick once again, and his father returned to discover him near death. With great effort, the doctors were able to save David's life once again.

The Thanksgiving Banquet

The father made a special meal of thanksgiving for all his relatives and friends. As they sat down to dinner, they saw that their host had ordered a catered meal that surpassed even his ordinary standards. And of course, not serving meat would have been out of the question, and would have required all sorts of uncomfortable explanations.

Several guests, sitting near the entrance, heard something very surprising—and disturbing: the voice of David himself, crying loudly to be permitted into the dinner hall! They sat there amazed, not understanding the bizarre actions of the “cruel” father who would not permit his own son to enter, when after all it was his health they were celebrating …

Often you can't understand why God runs the world as He does. All you can do is realize that we don't know the full story.

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