Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Alfred Sauer

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 20:1-16; Luke 12:32; Genesis 18:17-19; Genesis 22:16-18; Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 20:6; Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25ff; Leviticus 26:3-20; Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 7:12-24; Deuteronomy 12:28; Deuteronomy 16:20; Deuteronomy 19:8-9; Deuteronomy 26:12-19; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; James 2:21-24; Deuteronomy 6:24-25; Deuteronomy 5:16; Exodus 20:12; Genesis 3:17; Genesis 4:11-16; Genesis 9:25; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 27:29; Genesis 5:29; Genesis 8:21; Deuteronomy 7:25ff; Exodus 21:17; Exodus 22:28; Leviticus 19:14; Numbers . 5:11-28; Leviticus 24:10-23; Numbers 15:30-31; Leviticus 16:6-10; Leviticus 19:18; Exodus 21:23; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21; Leviticus 18:20-30; Leviticus 24:10-23; Numbers 31:3


A sincere and faithful child of God is struck down by some sudden misfortune or disaster. Both the suffering saint and the world about him are often quick to ask: "God, how could You?” The obvious implication of this question is, of course: “Lord, You have slipped up in Your arithmetic. You certainly did not owe that loyal child of Yours such a crushing blow. He has been serving You faithfully and well. And now this is the way You reward him?" Such reasoning reflects the inbred conviction that God is obligated to bless us if we obey Him and to punish us if we do not. In this paper we shall examine this thesis to see if it is Scripturally warranted. We shall center our investigation on this question: Does God, under any circumstances, owe man anything?

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