Some Thoughts on the Love of God and His Continuing Offers of Salvation in the Bible

Well, it begins in the beginning: Genesis. God’s love is clearly seen in making man like Himself and setting man up in the Garden of Eden. So, what does man do? Man sins. What does God then do? God does expel man from the Garden along with some other consequences, but God doesn’t destroy man, which would have been a just response. He sends man out into the wide, wide world where man can have a very good life if he will only cooperate with God.

Over time man does not cooperate with God and The Flood happens. However, again God does not destroy everyone – He saves Noah and his family. God places a value on human life and sends Noah out into the wide, wide world to repopulate it and use it for his benefit. You cannot read the Bible story and escape being overwhelmed by the love of God and His continuing offers of forgiveness/salvation.

The story continues. Man would sin and God would be patient. Man would eventually repent and God was eager to forgive and accept man back into relationship. God was a thousand times more eager to forgive than to take vengeance. We have made that Biblical point in sermons here.

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, 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 NKJV)

Notice how God’s mercy is associated with the number “thousands,” and God’s vengeance is associated with the number “four.”  God had 1000 to 4 rather be merciful than vengeful.  BTW, this text is sometimes called the “Golden Text” of the Old Testament.

The story continues today. The culmination of it all was Jesus. We can be His disciples today and God will eagerly accept us into a relationship of security and blessings with Him. We can be a part of God’s family right now!

The Lord is . . . longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)

God loves you.  He always has.  He always will.


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