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God in the Old Testament

I have been spending a lot of my time in the Old Testament lately and my thoughts on God are changing because of it. With that kind of statement you may be thinking that I am drifting from the “God is Love” view presented in the New Testament toward the idea that “God is mean and vindictive” as many perceive when reading the Old Testament. In actuality, I cannot help but see the love, mercy and patients God continually shows to his people in the Old Testament.

Passages like Jeremiah 18:7-8 are what has helped shift my perspective.

“If at any time I announce that a nation of kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.”

Judges 3 also has examples of God’s willingness to extend mercy:

v9 – “But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer.”
v15 – “Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer”
ch4 v3 – “they cried to the LORD for help.” and he send it.

In Exodus 34 God proclaims his name as “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.”

Joel 2:13 says, “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”
This is again repeated in Jonah 4:2-3

And Zephaniah 3:17 shows the love of God in a very beautiful way. “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

This list is by no means exhaustive and I am not saying that there are not accounts of God’s justice being measured out on the world. I think though that it is evident that it never has been nor never will be God’s desire to end the lives of his creation or cause damage/harm to them.

While Jesus was on the cross, God poured out his full measure of wrath and punishment for the entirety of sin on his Son. Because of that, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. God’s arms are permanently out-stretched to receive anyone who wishes to receive this act of love and mercy.

I have been asked a lot lately what will happen to those who do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. While I think only God can appropriately judge the hearts of men, I do think that he shows everyone mercy by withholding his justice (which we all deserve as sinners) until the last possible moment, which is death. Until the last breath, he is anxiously waiting and wooing those who have not turned to him and asked for this gift of grace he so badly wants us to receive.

God is good…Old Testament and New

Categories: God, Grace, Jesus
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