The Bible from beginning to end is an amazing book that is full of entertainment, twists and turns, and dare I say bad language. I love the fact that the writers of scripture never sugar coat a situation or try to spin it, instead they give us an honest depiction of real life.
Lately, as I’ve been thinking about the Old Testament, the children of Israel, and human nature, I see recurring themes. The theme I see is that the children of Israel can’t get their act together. No matter how hard they try they continue to do the opposite of what God wants them to do. You also see that God is not very happy with them, and even second guesses why he even created this horrible race of people.
The language that the Bible uses to describe their behavior is downright shocking. Simply, they are referred to as whores. Two-timing, no good, sleeping around all over town, whores. What a symbol of betrayal. The God of heaven who continues to bail them out, gives them what they want, and protects them is married to a whore. God is heartbroken.
But, the heartbreak of God cannot stop him from loving them or us. What I have to come to grips with is their actions towards God are my actions. It reminds me of the hymn, “Come thou fount of every blessing”, where in says, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.”
We are all prone to wander. We all like sheep have gone astray. We have no choice but to wander, but God came down. The hymn also says:
“Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.”
Like the coin, the sheep, and the lost son, we were once lost but now we are found. Even in our attempts to run away we are found. His love and kindness is always pursuing us.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” – Psalm 137:7-10
It is amazing that even in our fleeing he is still guiding us.
His love is so great that no matter how many times we cheat on him, he continues to search us out and love us. This love is so amazing that there is nothing we can do to make it stop. God is love, and therefore he has no choice but to love us, even in the midst of our wretchedness. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”