1135 God, suffering of

1135 God, suffering of

God suffers on account of the failures and pain of his people, and especially through his Son, Jesus Christ. Scripture often likens God to a parent who suffers pain and grief on account of children.

God feels real suffering

He suffers pain because people sin Ge 6:6 See also 1Sa 15:10-11,35

He is angered because people sin Ps 78:58 See also Dt 32:15-16; Jdg 2:12-13; 1Ki 21:22; Eze 8:17; Hos 12:14

God identifies with suffering

He suffers with his chosen people Isa 63:9 See also Ex 3:7; Jdg 10:16; 2Ch 36:15

He suffers with all humanity Isa 16:11 pp Jer 48:31 See also 2Sa 24:15-17 pp 1Ch 21:14-17 God suffers even with those who endure punishment from his own hand; Isa 16:9; Jer 48:32-36; Hos 11:8-9

He suffers as a parent Jer 31:20 An indication that God suffers in both disciplining and loving. See also Isa 42:14; Isa 49:15; Hos 11:1-4

God’s plan of salvation causes him suffering

He suffered in giving his Son Ro 8:32 See also Isa 7:13-14; Jn 3:16; Ro 3:25-26; Ro 8:3; Gal 4:4; Heb 1:2; 1Jn 4:14

He suffers because he endures the rejection his Son suffers Lk 10:16 See also 1Pe 2:4

God’s creation reflects his suffering

Ro 8:22 See also Ro 8:19-21

God’s people share his suffering

Ro 8:17 There is a sense in which the sufferings of Father and Son are indistinguishable. See also Mt 16:24 pp Mk 8:34 pp Lk 9:23; Mt 20:22-23 pp Mk 10:38-39; Php 1:29; 1Pe 2:21

See also

1025God, anger of
1030God, compassion
1040God, fatherhood
1065God, holiness of
1125God, righteousness
2078Christ, sonship of
2570Christ, suffering
4025world, the
5560suffering
6154fall, the
6214participation in Christ