This morning I read the story of Jesus sending the demons into the 2000 swine. (Matthew 8) I admit that I have not done a long or deep study on the passage, so that may account for my present confusion.
My confusion is this - did Jesus destroy the livelihood of the owners of the swine as a result of doing a righteous thing for the two demon possessed men? I know that is not the heart of the story, but I do wonder. What does this event tell us about the working of God? Does the ownership of the swine not matter to God?
I love these sort of questions because they usually lead to a deeper thinking and understanding of the character of God. I love Biblical questions that challenge my view of who God is because they normally sharpen the understanding of who God is after meditation.
We should not just skip through thinking about such tough questions. We should not be afraid of such challenges, or try to "re-form" God into the person we have imagined Him to be - but rather clear our minds and in faith look at what Christ concerning the pigs and say: Lord, teach me about your character through this Word of God.