God certainly showed himself to be holy and willing to punish sin and disobedience in the Old Testament. At the same time, he also desired the salvation of all, even those in the Old Testament. Consider Jonah, the prophet of the Lord, who was sent to the Assyrian city of Nineveh to call its people to repentance.
God does not change
James 1:17 tells us that God does not change like shifting shadows. He is consistent. His nature and truth do not change. 1 Peter 1:16 quotes Leviticus 19:2, saying, “Be holy, because I am holy.” God’s standards have not changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament!
For what reasons do people believe or want to believe the falsehood that God has grown softer on sin?
The silence of God is not indifference
While God remains opposed to all sin, he is patient with us. However, we ought never confuse his patience with tolerance. Continuing in a sin when you know it is wrong is soul destroying! The writer to the Hebrews does not mince words when he says, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left” (10:26).
Read 2 Peter 3:8-13. What would you say to people who think that God will not punish sin and they can continue to do what is wrong?
God’s answer to sin
Thank the Lord that he is the same yesterday, today, and always! Ever since the fall into sin, God made his plan known to send a Savior from sin. With consistent love, God protected the descendants of the Savior until the angel made that wonderful, world-changing announcement: “A Savior has been born to you!” This has always been who God is.
Read Exodus 34:6,7: This is God’s explanation of who he is. Pick out one attribute of God from the Exodus passage and cite one example of that attribute from the Old Testament and one example from the New Testament.
God’s attribute: ______________________________________________________________________
Example from the Old Testament: ________________________________________________________
Example from the New Testament: _______________________________________________________
What does that attribute mean to you today? ________________________________________________
Author: David Scharf
Volume 107, Number 03
Issue: March 2020
- Psalm 103: When you count your blessings
- Psalm 91: When God lifts you up on his lap
- Psalm 4: When you draw nearer to the end
- Psalm 42: When you ask, “Where is God when I’m hurting?”
- Psalm 32: When you need forgiveness
- Psalm 130: When rocks fall
- Bible study: Freedom in service
- What does this mean for me? Article 6
- Bible study: Spiritual gifts
- What does this mean for me? Article 5
- What does this mean for me? Article 4
- Bible study: Rejoice in your status!
- Bible study: Baptismal blessings
- What does this mean for me? Article 3
- What does this mean for me? Article 2
- Bible study: Gifts of tongues and miraculous healing
- What does this mean for me? Article 1
- Bible study: Jesus is everyone’s Savior
- Bible study: Love one another
- Bible study: Above all things!
- Bible study: The comfort of God’s providence
- The book of James: Waiting for Christ’s return
- Bible study: Precious grace
- The book of James: Active in using prayer
- Bible study: Rewards of grace
- The book of James: Active in showing love
- The book of James: Correctly evaluating riches
- Bible study: What’s going to happen on the Last Day?
- The book of James: Avoiding loveless judging
- Bible study: Interpretation practice
- The book of James: Taming the tongue
- Bible study: The Bible’s attributes
- Bible study: The importance of the family altar
- Bible study: God’s attitude is grace
- Bible study: The Bible’s account of Easter morning
- Bible study: Different types of sin
- Bible study: God’s inspiration
- Bible study: Giving God glory
- Bible study: Judge for yourself
- The book of James: Using the Word of Truth
- Bible study: The need for the Bible and worship
- Bible study: Citizens of two kingdoms
- The book of James: Active in good works
- The book of James: When battling temptation
- Bible study: God cares
- Bible study: God made the world
- The book of James: When facing trials
- Bible study: A loving God saved people from hell
- The book of James: A blueprint for living out our life of faith
- A Bible story just for me: Guilt
- Bible study: God provides victory over death!
- A Bible story just for me: Anxiety
- Bible study: God forgives and refuses to remember our sins
- A Bible story just for me: Grief
- Bible study: God helps those who cannot help themselves
- A Bible story just for me: Depression
- Bible study: God has not grown soft on sin
- Bible study: Only one path leads to God’s presence
- A Bible story just for me: Trauma
- A Bible story just for me
- Bible study: God wants me in heaven
- Bible study: The incarnation of our Lord