Georgia – (I have found The Sims. The Sims Two specifically. I don’t quite have a verdict on the game. This is our last day of having Bugsy around. It didn’t take him long to like everybody. My sister finally called after a couple of months of not hearing from her, she wanted to tell us that she invited her husband’s grandparents to our Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll be able to scramble to get more food for more people, at least she didn’t tell us the day before Thanksgiving.)
Sometimes people differentiate The God of the Old Testament and The God of the New Testament as if something changed about Him in the four hundred years inbetween the two.
1 Samuel 15:27-29, “27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore. 28 Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you. 29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.””
Now when we read the Old Testament, we can’t help but notice that God instructed the Israelites to totally destroy the people living in the land of Canaan. We don’t see that so much today. There aren’t any severe famines or draughts in the land. We know the New Testament story, but we must not forget that God has not changed. We still provoke Him to anger and that must be dealt with. Perhaps our economy is an indicator that He is still in control and it is by His grace that we aren’t already in the Second Great Depression. Perhaps all the goings-on are a gentle nudge to get us to pay attention to Him before he has to send famines and draughts. I don’t know, but God does.
Malachai 3:6-7, “6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?'”
Do you know how much of a blessing it is to have a God who tells you what He wants from us and does not change? There are some who work their entire religions knowing that if their god decides that they didn’t work hard enough, good enough, or rightly enough that everything they did can’t get them into their heaven. Remember Paul telling the Athenians about God? He said that God has commanded all people, everywhere to come to Him. That has not changed.
James 1:17, “17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
So where is that Old Testament God? He is the God of both testaments and He’s waiting for the ultimate showdown as described in Revelation. (I was going to say Apocolipsis, but I forgot that most people don’t know that it’s the name of the book of Revelation in the Spanish language Bible!) That’s why we need Jesus. He has provided us a way out of his wrath that was described in the Old Testament by sending us His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the ransom for all of us. If we reject Jesus, we are due His full wrath. There is no other way. This will never change.