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“In your goodness you provided for the poor”.
Ps 68:10 GNB
We sometimes say, “It takes all sorts to make a world”, referring to the vast variety of personality types we meet up with. We could almost say a similar thing about God, there are so many aspects of his nature used in the Bible. He is the creator who makes heaven and earth. The Israelites knew him also to be a judge “who rules with equity” (or justice). At the time of the exodus from Egypt he was seen as a warrior, then later as a deliverer. On the journey, at Sinai he became a lawgiver. Later still they described him as the shepherd of his flock. Gradually they began to understand him to be a father. Psalm 68, a hymn sung much later in the Temple in Jerusalem, thinks of him as a general commanding his army – a picture we wouldn’t use now. In that amazing sequence of events that started in the escape from Egypt God led his people and took charge of them, just as a general gives the orders when his army goes into battle. Only a strong leader, a victorious general determined to gain the ascendancy would have been capable of bringing them through the ordeals and journeyings that brought them finally to Israel or Canaan as it was known at that time.
Our understanding of God changed dramatically as Jesus revealed him both as Lord and Saviour. But that element of “Commander-in-chief” is still valid. God does give out of love. But he also demands our obedience, our loyalty, our membership of his community. The Germans say “He is Gabe und Aufgabe” meaning both gift and demand. The question we have to answer is “How does God command you? Where does he send you?”
Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, bless all paramedics and ambulance drivers who get called to assist at road accidents. Make them sympathetic to the condition of those who are injured, and help them to be gentle, to move fast and be thoroughly professional. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
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