Monday, May 21, 2012

No Other One!

 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 

No Other One!

I read through these five verses and thought, there is no other One like unto our God. We may be made in His image, but we do not have any natural traits that are His. All we do gain in this life is due to the grace of God, alone--none of us and all of Him!

God is a God of the oppressed. Though all men may look the other way when the oppressed are ignored and forgotten, God sees and executes righteousness judgment on their behalf. The oppressed are popular rhetoric during a presidential election year, but will be soon forgotten when the election is over. However, God will never forget. 

At the time of Moses' birth, Israel was in difficult straits. Joseph had been long forgotten when this Pharaoh gained control of Egypt. When he looked at the great multitude of Israelites he set plans in motion to enslave them, lest they become unified and take over his kingdom. God, however, had other plans. Beginning with Moses who was saved from death by the quick thinking of his mother, God made His acquaintance by means of a burning bush that burned but was not consumed. 

Checking out this strange phenomenon, Moses had an encounter with God which changed His life forever. Unknown to Moses, God had molded and shaped him for the special job God had chosen for him, long before time even began. Through His workings with the Children of Israel, God showed Himself to be merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Through the leadership of Moses, God brought His people out of Egypt with a strong arm and a mighty hand and led them to their promised land.

It was a trip which took over 40 years, due to the lack of faith of the Israelites, but God did bring them to the land He had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. However, that was not the end. Though Israel, and later Judah followed God intermittently, He faithfully chastised them and then brought them back to the promised land. 

God's people were certainly in a pitiful state when the Lord Jesus Christ was born in the little obscure town of Bethlehem. He lived obediently with His parents until the time came for Him to reveal His true nature and true purpose for this world. Spurned and rejected by the righteous religious crowd, the multitudes flocked to Him to believe in Him and receive His message of hope and new life--the same new life that is available in Christ today.

Indeed, this same Lord God is our Lord, As He showed Himself to be in the past, He continues to be merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. By His grace, He has not dealt with us as our sins have deserved, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. In Christ we find the Light of the World, the King of Kings, our dear Lord and Savior. 

God chose a special people thousands of years ago to bring His message which has now spread to the entire world. Today, He still continues to choose a people for Himself. The Gospel call is still open to those who will hear, Come to Christ, our only Hope and our only Savior, for there is no other One!

Do you think the psalmist ever suspected that thousands of years after he wrote these words, these words would still be calling people to come to Christ? Probably not, but certainly he must look down in amazement from His home with the Lord as people continue to read his written word. If he could send a message to us, he would say, to God alone be the glory, both now and forever!

Amen!

God Bless You,
Linda

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