Watch Your Walk
by David Thompson
This is another exciting passage from the Old Testament. This book is said to have been written in 742-687 BC. This was a time of the kings of Israel to the north and Judah to the south. It was written to both parts of Israel (Israel and Judah). The key verses are 7:18-19:
"Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."
Read the two verses twice through and answer these two questions:
1. Does God care for His people?
2. What New Testament themes are present in these two verses?
The chapter ends with verse 20:
"You will be faithful to Jacob,
and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
in days long ago."
What kind of pledge did God have with these two Old Testament ancestors? To Jacob, He promised that Jacob and his wife would have a direct lineage to Christ and He promised Abraham he would be the "father of great nations." We know these promises were kept. What promises do you remember from the New Testament? Perhaps, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Or, "all things work together for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." What verses can you add? All God's many promises support the phrase, "God wins, Satan loses!" Amen?
God, thank you for all you have done for us, are doing for us and will do for us. We know that your promises are true as you have done it in the past and we can only wait to see what you have in store for the present and the future. Give us listening ears to hear you. All these things we pray in Your glorious name. Amen and Amen!