Our Unchanging God!

Many times in our modern church world, we tend to picture God as a dual personality.  We sort of picture him as a warring God in the Old Testament and a benevolent God in the New Testament that will be there for us to slap some grace on our boo boos.

In our current emphasis on Missio Dei (God’s sending) we are looking at the fact that the same God who created us in his image and provided a remedy for us through Christ the moment we sinned, is the same God who sends various agents throughout scripture to bring the message of God’s love to the lost.  Our text for today verifies that:

“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.  (Malachi 3: 6,7)

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary gives us the following help in understanding these verses.

These verses provide a transition between the preceding sections and the one that follows. First there is a declaration of the immutability of God (v.6), the attribute of changlessness that ultimately preserves the nation from destruction. God keeps his promises to the patriarchs. He knows this evil generation will pass and that a God-fearing one will yet come to inherit the promises.[1]

While we normally ride this scripture and the ones that follow as the pastor’s annual sermon on tithing, the overall sense of the text both then and now is for us to be able to see that God is unchanging.  He was faithful to provide a remedy for our sin the moment our ancestor’s Adam and Eve fell, and he has been faithful ever since to provide people all through the ages to show his mercy and grace to put us and keep us in right standing with Him.

This week, in our study, we will be focusing on one of God’s agents he sent to get the message of grace out.  His name is none other than the patriarch Abraham.

However this morning as each of us head to a worship service, let us be reminded that the Lord does not change.  Because of that, we are not consumed, but can experience his grace day by day.  Thank God that he does more than slap grace on our boo boos!  He transforms us by his grace!

[1] Alden, R. L. (1986). Malachi. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel and the Minor Prophets (Vol. 7, p. 720). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.

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