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Purpose

In reading the Old Testament we see God do mighty things with nature not to show off but to reveal His purpose. He divides the Red Sea to let the people of Israel escape the slavery of Egypt so they can become His people. He stops the sun from going down to let Israel's army press a battle and win. These were done with purpose to extend Himself to His chosen nation, Israel. God not only extended Himself to Israel but extended Himself to us. John says it so beautifully: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:17) He comes to earth not to belittle or denigrate man but to save him from himself. Salvation rather than condemnation is God's purpose in sending the Son of God to earth. This is done because He loves the world, which is humanity in the world. God sacrifices His "one and only Son" to provide what is necessary to reconcile those He has create with Him. The purpose of God, i.e. to pr…

God's Love

How do you measure God's love? Do you use a ruler, yardstick, mileage, or other incremental device? The Psalmist said, "As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear him.." (Psalm 103:11) This helps us to see the greatness of God's love. How? Well consider that you and I often spend time on planes. These travel at between 30,000 to 40,000 feet above the earth. That would be 5.6 to 7.6 miles above the surface of the earth. That is a big distance and one you wouldn't want to fall from. But consider that Proxima Centauri, the closest star to earth, is slightly closer than its sisters Alpha Centauri A & B at 4.22 light years away. That is 24.94 trillion miles from us! Voyager I is traveling on an interstellar mission away from the sun at a rate of 17.3 Km/s. If Voyager were traveling to Proxima Centauri, at this rate it would take over 73,000 years to arrive. Even traveling at the speed of light, an impossibility they say, i…