The King most high and His love for us | Faith
by The Press and Standard | May 19, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 15, 2019 at 10:12 am
“You shall therefore love the Lord your God.”
At Mount Sinai, the people of Israel were right to fear the God that was before them, cloaked in fire and darkness — a most dreadful sight it must have been. Their fear was founded in the knowledge that this God was powerful, and He was righteous above all else. Truly, He is an all-consuming fire, and He will by no means clear the guilty. The people understood these sobering truths and were right to fear Him.
But, as God would have it, mercy was administered to the people that day. And, it was to us as well. For, although this God is a being of perfect justice and righteousness, He is likewise merciful and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. As John, the apostle, would describe Him, “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
On the contrary, the gods of the ancient pagan myths were not ones to love. They were unpredictable and selfish. In fact, they were gods to flee from, rather than toward. But the God of Israel, the true God, is no such thing.
He is not unpredictable. For, from the beginning, He declared that He would crush the head of the serpent and set the race of man free from sinning for all time. This was decreed in the beginning and will, one glorious day, come to pass.
And, neither is He selfish. For, through the blood of His own Son, He saved the world. Truly, in the greatest act of love this world will ever know, the Father sent the Son to die upon the cross for the sins of mankind. Think on this for a moment. What greater gift can one give than their self? On that day, God gave His own self. That day, upon that cross, love’s most high was given for us — the innocent for the guilty.
And, lastly, He is a God to flee toward, not from. The gods of the ancient world were a set of deity to distance one’s self from, but this God wants you to draw near. As God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to Israel, He also speaks to us today, saying, “Assemble together and come; draw near together, you survivors of the nations. They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols and keep on praying to a god that cannot save … there is no other god beside me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!” (Isaiah 45:20-22).
This is the only God that we may flee toward, for only in Him is there salvation. And, while this a God to be feared, He is also a God to be loved. He calls us through His Word to love Him; for, as this precious Word reveals, He first loved us.
Open your Bible, the only Word that He has given to us, inspired and perfect, without error or falsehood, and see the wonders of this great God for yourselves.
If you have any questions regarding anything we have talked about or if you would like to know more about the faith, please reach out through the email provided below. Until next week, God bless.
(Jeremy Breland of Ruffin is a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He can be reached at email@example.com.)