The Heart of God; Genesis to Revelation
by Sandy Asoofi
The Word of God is nothing short of precious in the eyes of the child of God. From the days of old and onto today, the Word of God is alive and active; sharper than any double-edged sword. As one psalmist would even say, the words spoken by God are sweeter than honey to the mouth (Ps.119:103).
Many people read the Bible unaware of the fact that it is all about God, from beginning to end. The Word of God displays God’s continuous pursuit of man and exposes humanity to the Creator. One of the most precious aspects about the Word of God is the way God reveals Himself in His Word. The Lord shares His heart through His Word from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation. All over the Old and New Testament, we can read about who God is and come to know His heart.
His Word reveals His wonderful works during creation and His perfect plan to redeem humanity through a small nation called Israel. The Word of God also reveals the heart-shattering pain which humanity causes God all throughout the Old Testament. Yet, He maintains His perfect and unrelenting love for His creation.
Idolatry, adultery, complacency, and all kinds of wickedness are continually offered before God by humanity. One day His people Israel are rejoicing over their God and the next they forget who brought them out from the house of bondage. They desire the world and all that it offers rather than the God who loved and rescued them. Nevertheless, He desires to be near His people and gives Moses instructions to build the Tabernacle so He may be in the midst of them. That is His desire. To be in the midst of His people and to be their only love. But we must remember, this is not only true for the Israelites but also for us because we are His inheritance through Christ.
The books of the prophets, which are found in the Old Testament, are one of the unique books in the Bible which reveal the pain of God. The books show how God’s people continually reject and forget Him. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Hosea are some of the books in which we find God sharing His heart with humanity.
The book of Hosea is a powerful one that reveals the jealous love of God for Israel. God commands Hosea to take a wife of harlotry because of the great harlotry Israel has committed against God. Israel is the bride before God just as Gomer is the bride before Hosea. All throughout the book, God reveals the devastating reality of a people which are called by His name. God speaks about how His own people cheated Him and forgot Him when He says,
“She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot…” (Hosea 2:13).
Israel fell in love with the foreign gods around her and forgot her God, yet the Lord’s mercy endured. These are the sweet words of God to His people whom He has been forgotten by;
“I will betroth you to Me forever, Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness and you shall know the Lord” (Hosea 2:19-20).
In the book of Hosea, God also remembers the days when His people came out from Egypt singing praises to His name (Ex.15). How precious the praises must have been before God that He would desire to hear them again hundreds of years later. He claims in the book of Hosea that He will comfort Israel and bring her back to those days; the amazing love of God. In the book of Jeremiah, God uses similar language to describe Israel’s faithless love towards Him.
“..My People have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to worthless idols (Jeremiah 18:15).
Likewise God shares His heart in the book of Isaiah when He states,
“But you have burdened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities” (Isaiah 43:24).
The common theme we find throughout these books is the unfaithful and disloyal love of humanity in comparison to the passionate, gentle, and zealous love of God. Israel cheats their God and the wrath of God is present before them but in His wrath He remembers mercy, always. The love of God is truly indescribable and no one can fathom the depth, width or height of it.
The cross, where God’s perfect Gift to humanity was given, tops it all. The cross is His perfect demonstration of how much He loves. If we were to paint the love of God, which is shown all throughout the Old Testament, in one picture, it would look like John 3:16. He has done above and beyond to prove His love towards humanity, from Genesis to Revelation. Now it’s our turn, as children of God called by His name, to be faithful to Him and never forget His relentless love. As His bride, we must be faithful until the day we meet our loyal bridegroom face to face.
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