A GOD OF GRACE

“The nations have heard, and they tremble with fear; the Philistines are seized with terror”.

Ex 15:14 GNB

Plenty of things happen in the arena of world affairs that send shock waves throughout the international community. The attack on the twin towers in New York in 2001 announced to the world that international terrorism was busy at work. The vote by the British to leave the European Union sent shivers through stock exchanges. The arrival of thousands of migrants in Mediterranean countries created fears of unwanted refugees throughout Europe in 2015.

No doubt the news that the Israelite nation had escaped from their slavery in Egypt some three thousand four hundred years ago spread throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Each nation had its own god, and the surrounding nations would have interpreted what happened as an act by which Israel’s God had defeated the Egyptians’ god. In fact, God was acting in grace to redeem his people and to set them free. From the perspective of thousands of years down the road we can now see that God was “setting out his stall” as a God grace for all the world to witness. When Jesus Christ came he was the culmination of all God’s acts of grace – and the promise of more to come.

No doubt the news that the Israelite nation had escaped from their slavery in Egypt some three thousand four hundred years ago spread throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. Each nation had its own god, and the surrounding nations would have interpreted what happened as an act by which Israel’s God had defeated the Egyptians’ god. In fact, God was acting in grace to redeem his people and to set them free. From the perspective of thousands of years down the road we can now see that God was “setting out his stall” as a God grace for all the world to witness. When Jesus Christ came he was the culmination of all God’s acts of grace – and the promise of more to come.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, thank you for the grace you have shown me.