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Rose Chronological Guide to the Bible. His personality pulsates in every word. The foreshadowing of God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son, in this episode is unmistakable. Does this mean that He protects us from an angry God? I continued:. Not available in stores. When they did, they turned the world upside down with the Good News they glimpsed on the mountain that day.
May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Accessories such as CD Add to cart. Very Good. In the kindness of God, Hagar finds herself in the family God has chosen to bless. Now think about what happens next: The people from whom she learned all that she knew about God turn out to be desperately flawed believers.
That must have been devastating for Hagar. She ran from Sarah and from Abraham, and she ran from the God that they had failed so badly. The last part of the story is full of hope for every person who feels emotionally abandoned or spiritually wounded. Hagar discovers that she is deeply loved by God. Here are three glimpses of the love of God :.
The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. Genesis She is angry and resentful; she feels a sense of injustice. This hardly feels like a time when she can hear the voice of God. The question. Here you are moving away from the path of faith in Christ. Gradually, you are pulling yourself away from believing people, linking up with another crowd. Where does this path lead? Where are you going? The path you are choosing is not the path to heaven.
The command. Maybe you feel like Hagar, with Abraham and Sarah. You are on the edge of quitting the people of God.
You are right to say that the church in this world is always fractured. That is why the church can never be the hope of the world, only Christ is. But on the last day, you do not want to be separated from the church.
The promise. Walk with God in faith and obedience, and however hard your life may be, good will come of it. Blessing will follow it. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. Why would you pray to God when you are you running from him?
Not even Christians will get off easier than others. Read further in Romans Read Genesis But they were not there. The destruction of that place was just. When everything is said and done God will sit on His throne and judge each one according to their actions.
Everything will be rewarded or punished to an exact degree. God judges righteously. Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Forgiveness is something that can be easy to take for granted. Some mistakes can stain your life like coffee on a white t-shirt. But God, in His infinite love, forgives and forgives and forgives. There are conditions for this forgiveness Matthew , Acts but they are not difficult to attain.
God has made it as easy as possible for us to attain forgiveness and thereby experience His goodness and perfect will. And this forgiveness is absolute.
When we are forgiven then we are forgiven and we are washed clean again. A totally clean slate to start on again. When you think of what sin actually is and how God sees it, it really is amazing that He forgives us so often. When we sin we are not only damaging ourselves and those around us but it is a personal affront to God that we, His lowly creation, should choose to go against His perfect plan for us. It is the ultimate insult. But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. Forgiveness is really awe-inspiring and it should come with Godly fear.
It should make us so thankful for God and His goodness that we begin to fear sinning against Him. Every sin that gets wiped away is another reason to never sin again. Think how good God is to keep on forgiving, over and over again.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. God is also the God of patience. He waits for us. He is longsuffering. It would be entirely right and just to send us all to death for sinning and going against His perfect plan for creation. But God has given us a gift, an undeserved way back to Him. Through Jesus Christ we can attain divine nature and live in eternity together with Him in harmony.
We all have to admit that our progress is often slow, with many setbacks. But God never gives up as long as we have the mind and heart to serve Him. The work He has started in us will be completed.