He Is Just
I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments (Exodus 20:5–6, NIV).
We've heard it countless times, but it's such good news for us that it bears lingering over again. It's the synopsis of God's love story to us. Grab your favorite hot drink, sit awhile with me, and let's consider it all.
The Bible is the epic story of love that we scorned, which earned us damnation. Then because God wanted to spare us that horror, He created the legacy of grace through His Son, Jesus. Now all who accept His gift can enjoy unbroken relationship with Him.
Grace wins. Okay, so the Old Testament age of wrath is over. Where does justice fit in now? It's still there, which is either wonderful or awful depending on whether a person's heart is for or against Jesus.
Because God is utterly holy, there's no overstating how much He despises our sin nature; that's the worst news we'll ever hear. But there's also no overstating how much He adores His grace. Best news! Even during the era of wrath before Jesus came, God showed His gracious character to us. It's all there in Exodus 20:5-6.
Even though we suffer the effects of our ancestors’ sins for a few generations, He thrills to show His love to a thousand generations.
God must be just. Even so, He shows a strong preference for grace. Amazing grace—how sweet that sounds!
FAITH STEP: Think over your ancestry. Does your family tree appear to be rooted in Jesus’ grace or in suffering the effects of God’s wrath? No family is immune to sin’s curse, but you can be the generation that turns the tide toward Jesus. How are your life and faith affecting current and future generations?
Written by Erin Keeley Marshall
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