“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
― C.S. Lewis
It’s Sunday and I woke up with so many thoughts about God this morning. These thoughts often come in the form of questions.
When I woke up this morning the debate inside my head was “is God, a loving God or a punishing God?”
Mu questions are not to question God. My questions are more of a self examinationt of how I perceive our creator.
My thoughts this morning turned to Moses on Mount Sinai where he received the 10 Commandments. Whrn God gifted moses with the stone tablets He had done so with all the dramatic effects of the 1950, epic film by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, The 10 Commandments..
The scene was powerful. The setting was filled with foreboding and frigteninhg depictions of entelems of nature which, attracted me, yet frightened me as a child.
Today mt question is was God’s messageto create fear or was the purpose more of that as a loving parent laying forth a plan to teach his children how to have a good life?
Perhaps it was a little of both.
The 10 Commandments were such an important part of God’s plan that they appear twice in the Old Testament in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.
His word serves to remind us of our frailties as human beings and His word brings us lessons that if we are truthful, loval and and loving, we will have hope and love in return.
In the list of the Commandments in Exodus 20-1 it says;
- “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
- “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
- “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
- “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
- “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
- “You shall not murder.
- “You shall not commit adultery.
- “You shall not steal.
- “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
All are very powerful messages spoken directly to the Jews, commanding them to hear his word, calling them to obedience in His name isand at the same timewarning them there would be a price to pay if his word was not honored.
It all sound like pretty scary stuff…. A jealous and venegeful God extracting his displeasureon us every step of the way? Or perhaps as a devfoted, parent who shields his children from those who wish them harm?
To me, my God is an all loving God, and although HE never forgets our falling from grace he forgivess us our sins.
God IS love!