First of all, apologies for taking such a long time to write. For some reason, I didn’t feel like blogging but I’m here now. Isn’t God good? No, really, let’s ponder on that question. It is, often times, asked and although some people get the answers, some do not or are simply not satisfied with the responses given. I hope I would be able to do justice to this.
A lot of people think that God in the old testament is different from the new testament; they say He changed. But how true is that? Did God really change? Or man’s knowledge of who He truly is changed? Let’s see some things about Him in the Old Testament.
God in the Old Testament
- “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” –Gen. 1:32 NKJV
- This happened after God had created the world and when you read through Genesis 1, after He created everything, He called them good. Everything good comes from God. The first time something bad happened was when the devil came into the picture, and he tempted Eve.
- “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:43 NKJV
- This verse is taken from the Old Testament, where the Israelites praised God and they called Him good.
- My favourite at this time is the story of Jonah, God had sent him to Nineveh to warn the people to repent of their sins but Jonah fled and went ahead to Tarshish. On the way, there was a storm and the men on board were afraid. Afterwards, Jonah told them that he fled the presence of God and when asked what they could do to calm the storm, he told them to throw him into the sea lol. In actual fact, the solution was to turn around to Nineveh but Jonah preferred to die. Why?
- Jonah 4:2-3: “So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness, One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!” This is my God! In the old testament, mind you. In Chapters 3&4, Jonah was swallowed by a fish and was dead for 3 days (yes, he died. He wasn’t in there with a lantern or whatever. Matthew 12:39-40 confirms this). This happened because he rather died than tell the people to repent. When he eventually warned them and they listened, he was angry because he knew God would be so merciful and forgive them. I heard once from a spoken word artiste that we would be really surprised at the people we see in heaven: the thieves, adulterers, etc. It would be one big party!
God in the New Testament
In the NT, we see the God who is rich and merciful and kind and loving. One who has died for the forgiveness of our sins and given us life eternal. Why then, do we only now see the good things? It is because He revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. To have seen Jesus is to have seen God; to know Jesus is to know God. And we see and know Jesus in the Gospels, the Epistles and other books of the Bible. Paul, the apostle, never saw Jesus but see what great lengths he went for Him, writing 1/3 of the NT books.
In James 1:17, it says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of light, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” God has always been good but man’s perspective of who He is is what has changed. Not who He truly is.
Differences in the OT & NT.
None. Nada. Zero. Nothing. The world has changed, people have changed but He has not changed, has never and will never change.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”-Hebrews 13:8
Similarities in the OT & NT.
Every. Single. Thing.
He has never changed and never will. God is good, all the time, always has and will always be. Forever and ever. Amen.
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