Interpreting the Bible with the Bible
Does God Create Handicapped People?
“And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11)
“Then was brought unto him [Jesus] one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.” (Matthew 12:22)
Commentary on Exodus 4:11:
2 Samuel 24:1 says that God moved David to number Israel. 1 Chronicles, speaking on the same incident, says that Satan moved David (21:1). 2 Samuel 24:1 is written due to little knowledge of Satan’s activities and is to be understood in the permissive sense. This also applies to Exodus 4:11 when compared to Matthew 12:22.
“In the deterministic idiom of the culture, actions that were simply permitted by God, mediated through agents, or accomplished through the laws of nature, can be attributed directly to God ....references to Yahweh ....creating handicapped babies (Exod. 4:11) ....are an accommodation to the mindset of the culture.” - David M. Howard, Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts, p. 58
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