I am teaching an Old Testament Disciple Bible Study at Asbury on Sunday nights. It’s a lot of fun to dig into the Bible, really read what it says and deal with the truths of the Old Testament for today’s world.
I always love teaching these in depth studies, because I feel like I learn more than the folks in the class. I feel like when I have to study like I do for the class, and then sit together with folks for a couple of hours, I learn so much.
I learn from their experiences. From their beliefs. From their feelings. I learn so very much from the people that I’m studying with.
And someone in our class said something that has really resonated with me in this study. We can sometimes get the impression that the Old Testament is only about Law, and the New Testament is only about grace.
But that is not the case. The Old Testament is full of God’s grace and mercy. Over and over again, God was within His rights to not forgive the people of their sins. He was within His rights to start over. He was totally within line of just blowing it all up and beginning again. He threatened to do so with Moses after the people worshipped the Golden Cafe.
But He didn’t. He have them undeserved second chances. He loved them. His love for them was greater than their sin. Listen to what is says in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land
We are told today that when they turned from their sin, He heard it. And He forgave them. He loved them that much.
As He does us today. When we turn, when we ask forgiveness, when we want to start over, He lets us.
Today, God is a God of second chances. And third, fourth, fifth, sixth and so on and so chances.
Today, if we turn to Him and ask forgiveness, He will forgive. He is, and has always been, a God of grace!