Reading "The Bible Tells Me So" this verse made me think. Abraham confronts God with this remark. A few things crossed my mind:
- It is not out of order to disagree with the word of God (another example would be Ex 32). We may, and may actually be justified in doing so.
- We may do so, based on OUR concept of what just is. In the Scriptures, the words "just" or "love" say something about God from our point of view that is true, and He accepts that. So if He doesn't live up to OUR concept of love or justice, we may indeed confront Him and need not accept His initial word. We may in fact change His mind.
- Like Job, we can, as it were, appeal to God against God. And be justified. We might call that using a canon within the canon.
- God obviously does have the last word. But He still takes us seriously. An Islamic kind of submission is alien to the Scriptures.