Friday, February 8, 2019

Grace and Truth ...

"The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” - Exodus 34:6
My dad was an incredibly gracious man. He was generous to a fault and and showed kindness when I needed it the most. At the same time he was firm and always meant business when I needed correction and guidance. He disciplined me when needed and forgave me when I apologized. Did I have two fathers? No; I had only one, but he practiced two God given qualities... Grace and Truth.
I have heard some people say that the God of the Old Testament was very different from the God of the New Testament. They come to a quick conclusion without considering the complexity of God's nature. God gave Moses the Law, but in addition, He revealed His eternal nature.  The above passage is one of the most profound statements concerning  the qualities of the God of the Bible... Grace and Truth.
The New Testament speaks of the Word becoming flesh and the Son making the unseen God known in John 1:14-18. Jesus gave us a closer and more intimate view of our God. We see Him walking on the shores of Galilee, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, blessing the children and raising the dead. But, we also see Him cleansing the temple, rebuking the pharisees and speaking of eternal judgement. We have One God who possesses two wonderful qualities ... Grace and Truth

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