Memorise Hebrews 13:8
“He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living”
IS THE OT GOD DIFFERENT FROM THE NT GOD?
There are times when you would read the Old Testament, and perhaps find a conflict with the God that you see described therein. We would ask questions like how can the God of love command those killings, judge so harshly, and decree such curses! We then dichotomise, and perhaps think that the God of the Old Testament is not the same as the God of the New Testament, or that somehow God has changed through the years, and softened in His approach towards man. However looking at scriptures we see that clearly that is not the case.
In Mark 12:26-27, Jesus defends the fact that God is a true and living God, and is a God of the living and not the dead. Whilst the main teaching point of this passage is not about the immutability (unchanging nature) of God, we can certainly see proof of it here. What Jesus states here is that when God appeared to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus 3, He described himself as the present God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Although they were saints who had died more than 400 years ago, God is still presently (‘I am – present tense used) their God. Just as he was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he was the same God of Moses, and by extension, the same God that Jesus was preaching to them. They were worshipping the very same God of the Old Testament, and God never changes!
Likewise, the God that we read of in the New Testament and the God whom we worship today is the same as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All the promises that He gave to them still apply to us today, and all the warnings of judgment against sin and punishment for the wicked also still are in effect. The Bible makes a similar statement about the Lord Jesus Christ who is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Therefore when we read the Old Testament, realize that the same God who delivered Israel out of bondage, led them through the wilderness and into the Promised Land, is the same God who saved us out of sin and will lead us to heaven one day. The same God who then punished Israel for her wickedness and idolatry and sent them into captivity is the same God who warns of the coming judgment upon the world at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Thought: God never changes, His promises are always true!
Prayer: Lord I thank You that You are the almighty unchangeable God.