Sometimes it’s easy to think that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New displayed in Jesus. but QT today yielded a nice couple of verses to show the consistency of His nature.
The compassionate God who loves the oppressed, and fights for their justice:
You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. (Exodus 22:22-24)
The God who teaches us to love our enemies:
If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it. (Exodus 23:4-5)
And a final verse from the talk at CF last night; a nice way to end off:
And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, [but] by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7)
This is our God – the God who is both compassionate, yet righteous.