“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.’
Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid…..’”
Exodus 20: 18-20a
So is the God of the Old Testament somehow different from the God of the New Testament? My Mom used to say, God was always angry in the “Old” Testament but He is loving and kind in the “New” Testament.
But let’s think about the context for these verses. God was giving the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions! He was working with a group of people and establishing them as a people that should be different, than the other people around them.
His people were told to not worship idols, to not commit adultery, to not sacrifice their children to idols. Yes, unfortunately there was human sacrifice in other nations. God’s people were to be different, but in a positive way. So, in a sense God was “laying down the law.”
Now in the times of the Messiah, there were quite a few cases of his blasting away at the hypocrites! He often called them, snakes, vipers, serpents! And remember the time he chased the money changers (people making a profit at the Temple) with a whip? Look out!
My point is God did not change, but the context of His interactions with us humans did. God is the same yesterday, today and forever! Yes, God is loving, kind and forgiving. And yet He is also holy, mighty – far above the heavens, and all powerful too.
Lord God, as we follow You, help us to have a balanced view of Your holiness and Your love. Thank You My God that we don’t have to afraid of the thunder and lightning, and that we can pray to You, with humble hearts as we seek to do Your will.
We praise You, and may You forever be praised!
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quote from the NIV Bible