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Is God mad at Tony?

June 11, 2013

In my reading this morning I visited two old friends, Psalm 103 and Isaiah 43; both speak to the grace and forgiveness of the Father and are a reassuring glimpse of the Father’s heart for His people. He truly does not treat us as we deserve nor does He remember our sins, removing them, “…as far as the east is from the west…” (Psalm 103:12). Think of that image! If you go to the west you will never be going east and that is the picture He gives us of taking our sins from us.
Many mistakenly view the God of the Old Testament (TANAK) as an angry, vengeful Person Who is quick to smack us upside the head when we sin and who is against joy or happiness; using one of the verses in Psalm 103, “As for man, his days are like grass…” (vs. 15) and some would add that God is the lawnmower! But this isn’t true of the Father Who so loved the world that He sent His own Son to be the final and complete sacrifice for all sin for all time. He is angry at sin and poured out all of His wrath and judgment upon His Son at Golgotha.
In Christ God has erased our transgressions, not because of any good or holy thing that we have done (as if we could), but for His own sake. For those who have believed in His Son, He chooses to no longer remember our sin and views us as already holy and perfect in His Son. One of the most exciting verses (to me) in Scripture is Isaiah 43:1;
“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
He has called me by name, I am His forever; if ever there were words to encourage me in my daily life, those are the ones.

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