Monday, August 31, 2015

The God of The Old Testament and The God of The New

 For the lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

When most people think of God they think cold, hard, domineering and cruel. Would you believe me if I said that there is a completely different side of God that people miss?

  The image painted of God in the Old Testament is far different then the God you see in the New Testament. In the Old Testament God was intentionally hard on the Children of Israel. The Children of Israel had come to the faulty conclusion that they didn't need Gods help.  They wrongly assumed they could do God's job for him. (Exodus 19:8). Because of their pride, God laid a law on them so heavy they had no hope of fulfilling it. The whole process was meant to show Israel that they couldn't live without God. It was a measure to draw them back to Him. God was cruel only because there was no other choice given to Him.

  Based on the scripture from the book of Zephaniah that is quoted above, God is more then just the cruel being that Israel encountered. He is also a full of love and compassion. The God that is full of love and compassion is the one that we can know today. On Wednesday I want to show you when God went from being one who required us to live by the law to the God we see in the New Testament. Where,  He is loving kind and forgiving. And ultimately, I hope that you see that God passionately loves you. We were made to live and thrive even while on the Earth.

Be Blessed,

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