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Exodus 15 - The Song of the Warrior King

June 13, 2018

It can feel uncomfortable to read about God described as a warrior.  The reality is that our God fiercely opposes evil, and fiercely defends His glory.


Recall also that when Jesus returns, it will not be as a baby, but that imagery of the warrior will be a better description (Revelation 19:11-21).  (Remember though that Revelation is imagery and metaphor.)


I sometimes find myself tempted to think of God as being simply love, being happy to forgive my sins and embrace me for who I am.  It’s true, of course, that God embraces me, just as I am.  But he doesn’t embrace my sins.  He despises my sins; and my relationship with God could only happen because Jesus paid the price for those sins.  Bought with such precious blood, I am conscripted into Jesus’ service.  As a follower of Jesus, we can’t be complacent about our sins.  Through the Holy Spirit, we are being transformed to be more like Jesus.


Having a realistic appreciation of the fullness of God’s character, not just His love and mercy, but also His holiness and His majesty, aids us in that transformation.  A realistic appreciation of who God is fuels our praises.  How do you picture God?




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