Compassion That Was and Is and Is to Come

September 15, 2011

It is gloomy out today. The dementors are on the move.

I am on my couch. In sweats. Candles and white lights glowing. Ray LaMontange in my ear as I write a lesson and plan for a dinner of PW’s corn chowder with chilies.

My lesson is about the Davidic covenant — God’s promise to David that his line will be extended forever, that his name will be remembered. Apparently it worked. We know who David is. More importantly, we know the Messiah —  the ultimate King — descended through the line of David, and ascended to the throne of heaven.

I am studying the Old Testament, and I really love it, you guys. Oftentimes people think the OT is boring, or that the God of the OT is harsh and judgmental — not the same as the compassionate God we find in the New Testament. But it’s not true. It’s not true at all.

As I was researching for this lesson, I stumbled upon a verse I had highlighted in my Bible. My old Bible with lots of things underlined and highlighted fell apart awhile ago — my new one is blank and crisp. The red lines under 2 Samuel 14:14  stood out, so I stopped. The story begins in 2 Samuel 13 and it’s pretty intense — it includes incestuous lust, rape and murder (if it were made into a movie, all those Christian movie ratings systems out there would advise you not to see it). Anyway, Absalom (the one who killed his brother) flees from the city, and David mourns for him. David’s commander Joab has a woman come in to try to convince David to allow Absalom to come back to Jerusalem. She makes her case and then in 14:14 she says, “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”

He devises ways to bring us back to Himself. This is the Old Testament, folks. God has always been known as compassionate, gracious, forgiving and kind. He figures out ways to bring us home, to welcome us back, no matter what sin we’ve committed. It’s grace. It’s beautiful. It’s the way our God works.

OK, theology lesson for the day = OT is awesome.

In other, less profound news, I love Zooey Deschanel’s new show, “The New Girl.” It’s so cute and funny. It hasn’t aired on TV yet, but it’s already available on Hulu, so you should watch it. Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!

K, gots to go. Today rest in the fact that God always has and always will be a compassionate Creator who figures out ways to bring us back to Himself.

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2 Responses to “Compassion That Was and Is and Is to Come”

  1. kerry said

    Denise, our family has been going through one of the most difficult times of hurt and betrayal we have ever experienced and in the midst of it all we continually remind ourselves of God’s forgiveness and grace. Today you reminded me when I had forgotten and given in to pain and discouragement. Thank you.

  2. denisemorris said

    Kerry, I’ll be praying for you and your family. May the Lord bless and keep you. Oh, how He loves us.

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