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  1. I wonder why God chose Abraham to make His covenant with. Of all the people of the world why Abraham? Could it be because of the way Abraham had chosen to live his life and the character he had developed? If so, then works (the way Abraham had lived his life) are very important. "Have you considered my servant Job" was God's response to Satan and God goes on to say that Job "fears God and turns away from evil". Clearly pointing to the works of Job.
    While the battle between works and grace will always be a topic of debate I think in the end both will be found equally important throughout history and until the end of time. The importance of being faithful to what one knows to be right and trusting in God's promises (faith), will always be the keys that unlock the storehouse of God's endless and amazing grace.

    Amen!(4)
  2. William after reading your comment about grace in the old testament, it never occurred to me that it is found in the old testament, I did some checking and found that it was definitely in the old testament, very near the beginning. Genesis 6:8,But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This was just after saying " I will destroy man who I have created" Genesis 6:7. It is logical when God offers His grace it is for good reason. The Bible is full these opportunities. Genesis 6:5 is one of the best examples because we are familiar. The story of Noah and the flood is a classic example of refusing Gods grace. What a terrible shame!

    Amen!(7)
  3. Love was there first, then sin entered the world and when the penalty was too great a price for the transgressors, Grace became love in action. Working to save. Grace was the answer to a broken heart. Grace was the provision made for us on the cross of Cavalry. Grace calls to see who would reciprocate that love in human form. Amidst the darkness and pull of sin, would we be able to stand out like Abraham, Noah, Job, David of old and try to love Him as best as we can? Would we then also find Grace and the promises of blessings that come with living in obedience and faith?

    Amen!(7)
  4. Good Morning William:
    Thank you for presenting this example of old testament grace found in Exodus 19:5.
    Just the verse previous is this: "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagle's wings and brought you to Myself." Ex. 19:4 NKJV

    The event referring to when Moses stood before the Children of Israel and pronounced, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold you peace." Exodus 14:13,14 NKJV

    So when God said, "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians" Ex 19:4 May we take that as a warning,a cautionary tale not to harden our hearts? In this one passage are both examples of grace and mercy accorded, and judgement rendered.

    Amen!(6)
  5. Wow! You have shone a new light on Ex 19:5 for me that really makes a difference, instead of obey and keep the commandments the LORD is saying listen to My guidance and cherish our relationship.

    Israel called Deut 6:4-6 the Shema because it starts with "Hear O Israel" and carries on with love the LORD with all your heart and His words will be in your heart.

    This shines a spot light on the covenant at Mount Sinai it was to be written on their hearts Deut 6:6, it was to be internalized and part of their whole life Deut 6:7-9.

    Amen!(0)

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