This little parable is told by Gamaliel, the great Israelii teacher, to his young student Saul in a book I am listening to: Apostle Paul: A Novel of the Man Who Brought Christianity to Western World; by James Cannon and narrated by J.C. Hayes. Young Saul answers very simply, “Under God there is always justice. Not always do we see His purpose or comprehend His wisdom. But we believe and know that God is just. Surely the good boy is in heaven, sitting with Abraham. In your parable, I see the abundant mercy of God which passes all understanding.
The book is an excellent historical-fictional retelling of the life of the Apostle Paul, and I do recommend it, though not the audio version which I have through Audible. J.C. Hayes is a very dispassionate reader, with no voice changes or anything. Tonight, I just got to the part where Steven was martyred, for example. It’s almost comical listening to Hayes read about the brutal murder as if he were reading Winnie the Pooh or some bedtime story. But, don’t take my word. Below is the story of the stoning for you to hear yourself.
But, I am wandering from my point here. In the little parable of Gamaliel above, the question is asked, “Is there justice?” What do you think? Is there justice in the world? The Law was a Hebrew Code. It was their form of Justice. They outlined specific ways to behave towards God and your fellow man. It was so delineated as to become cumbersome. You could barely turn around without violating one of the 613 laws; they had swelled to such proportions by the time of Jesus. No, justice was not obtained with the Law. Justice was only obtained when Jesus came to Earth and died on the cross. That was when justice was meted. Someone had to pay the price for sin, and Jesus did that for us. Is there justice? You tell me.