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Full of Compassion


Today’s Scripture: Exodus 21-24
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We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

Has anyone ever told you there are two Gods in the Bible–a cruel God of the Old Testament and a loving God of the New Testament? Nothing could be further from the truth! Scripture portrays God’s compassion for His creation, and especially for those who might be taken advantage of because of their weakness or position in society.

For instance, He gave protective laws concerning servants who had suffered abuse under the heavy hand of taskmasters. Look at God’s concern toward the stranger, the widow, and the fatherless. He says, “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry” (Exodus 22:21-24).

Not only were the destitute, the timid, and the helpless not to be abused, but God’s people were to be ready to lend them a hand–to comfort and assist them, and to show them kindness.

God’s great compassionate heart is toward all His creation. For instance, the land was not to be abused or overworked. Every seventh year the land was to be given rest. So also the vineyard and the olive grove.

Scripture sets forth the God of the Old Testament as filled with compassion, care, and creative ways to watch out for those who might not be able to watch out for themselves, and puts to rest the accusations of those who portray Him otherwise.

Prayer

Lord, Your love, mercy, and fairness are the same throughout the Bible. Great is your faithfulness to me!

To Ponder

God is love!

(The Navigators)