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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

God describing God

Day 3 at camp, started a 3 part series.  Who is God?  Who are we?  Let's go!

In Exodus 34:6,7   God describes Himself.  Well you can't get much more direct than that, so we read it.  "The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” "

I emphasized when God says "slow to anger" it is far more amazing and big than when we say, slow to anger.  With the Ammonites, it took about 400 years!  Then we looked at the mercy hidden in visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children.  I personally know of a man saved from alcoholism when his 3 year old daughter looked at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Why are you doing this daddy?"  Seeing that your sin is affecting those you love, may be the thing that wakes you up.

Next we looked at Micah 7:18  "Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love."
Seeing the amazing love that even has an answer for rebellious acts, intentional acts, and seeing that if we can think of things that we delight in, then consider that God delights in unchanging love, we are beginning to get a true picture of the God we serve. 

Once again sitting on a hillside at camp with about 60 young people and their counselors, what a privilege!  Thank you God of unchanging love!

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