The God of Grace and Wrath // Sunday, October 12
Posted: Sunday, October 12
1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Verse of the day:
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. (I Thessalonians 5:9)
Reading the One-Year-Bible can often bring some unexpected pairings: a story about Ruth, Jesus performs a miracle, David sings praises to God, and Solomon calls out for wisdom. Today’s combination seemed worth noting…
In Jeremiah 19, God is speaking to a nation of idolaters. Israel had begun to intermarry with the surrounding nations adopting their customs, religions, idols, and gods. The warning message is graphic and forlorn.
“For I will upset the careful plans of Judah and Jerusalem. I will allow the people to be slaughtered by invading armies, and I will leave their dead bodies as food for the vultures and wild animals.” Jeremiah 19:7
In the online version of the One-Year-Bible, I only need to scroll down the screen to find this opposing verse: “For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.” Why did God pour out his anger on Israel? Paul said it best: “The wages of sin is death.” God never changed his mind about sin. Sin has a price.
God’s grace does not mean that he has ignored, looked over, or not counted our sins. God’s grace means that someone else paid the price for our sins. God has not poured out his anger upon us, because he chose Jesus. Praise God that we have a redeemer! Praise God for sending His Son!
Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor