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“God in the Dock,” is an essay by C.S. Lewis.  The dock being referenced is not a place for fishing or securing a boat.  He is referring to the place where the accused sits or stands in a courtroom.  Lewis wrote, “The ancient man approached God as the accused person approaches his judge.  For the modern man the roles are reversed.  He is the judge; God is in the dock.”  In other words, rather than humbly approaching the bench, modern man puts God on trial and demands He defend Himself.  At question here is whether God has to answer to man for His actions.  Does God seek counsel?  Does He owe any of us an explanation for what He does?  Does anyone have a full comprehension of the mind of the Lord?  Lord willing we’ll survey Romans 9-11 on Sunday.  It appears that some of the Jews had God in the dock.  Paul’s explanation of the gospel and his commitment to take it to the Gentiles proved to be a catalyst for some questions about God’s faithfulness.  Paul’s response was lengthy, about 90 verses of history and logic.  This section ends with a doxology reminding us of our place in this world.  God doesn’t answer to us but He loves us, wants us and offers us life.  Meditating on His goodness can keep us from asking God to defend His actions.  “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.  Amen.”