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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Compassionate God of the Old Testament

Oh the Lord is good and compassionate towards His people. Deuteronomy 24 describes how the people should live and respond to each other in various situations of life. At first glance, you might think its just a list of rules and regulations.
Just reading the chapter you might miss the care God outlines for His people. Therefore, to help you discover God’s grace in the Old Testament try this approach:
as you read, make three column list. In the first column list all the “when or if” statements you find. In the second column list the response the people were to follow. In column three list the reason the people should follow it.
Reap fields and forget a sheafDon’t go back to get itIt shall be for the stranger, fatherless, and widows that the Lord may bless you in all the work of your hands.
Review the table you created after you read the chapter. You will begin to see God commanded the children of Israel to do or not do certain things, for the benefit and care of the people.
If you thought the God of the Old Testament was hard and condemning, with the help of the Holy Spirit this technique may help you see Him in an entirely new light. The God of Old Testament is the same God of New Testament. He is loving and compassion and caring.
He knows what is best for us. His ways are higher than ours. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His plan and purpose is to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us a future and a hope.
Lord, thank you for revealing your compassion through your word. Help us see you on every page we read. Let us cling to you. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
~Elizabeth Marks~

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