As we read the Old and New Testament, we physically can see the transition of God in His ways of doing and being. Although God is sturdy – remaining stagnant across the ages, God reveals Himself differently in both Testaments.
Do you recall a very powerful and tough God in the Old Testament? It was a time when the people did not listen to God or follow His Law. The Old Testament is quite clear in its depiction of God and how man disobeyed Him over and over again. God would basically give man what they wanted or felt as though they needed. Despite the lack of compassion or appreciation of men towards God, He continued to care for His beloved Creation. God was and still is, very giving and loving. It makes one truly understand why God began with His distributing of tough love towards all people during the course of the Old Testament.
In Numbers 16:31: “It happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split apart that was under them; 32 and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to Korah, and all their goods. 33. So they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed on them, and they perished from among the assembly.” Here we see God’s ire towards humanity. God did must have felt much anger and frustration and henceforth why God killed many humans who did not obey Him. This was not because God was not any more loving and caring as He is in the New Testament.
In the Old Testament, God had strong presence among the people. God had a mission to prepare the way for His Son who was to eventually be born. God had to literally pave the very path, Jesus was to walk. Unfortunately, to do so, God had to act powerfully while bearing His Son in mind.
After reading the Old Testament, and the people that lived during that time, it was obviously not the time for Jesus to be born. This is why God’s timing is so perfect and beautiful. He knows the exactness of each moment to make His Will happen without fail. It is man who gets in the way of the fulfillment of God’s Will. It is due to evil temptations and sin that misguide us. This is why it is so crucial to pray constantly, keeping that relationship with God, continuously strong.
Then entering into the New Testament – the time we know as the days Jesus walked about the earth. The New Testament signifies an awakening, the ultimate test of faith for both God and man. The testing of faith to God and man implies the joining of Jesus being both God and of the flesh, coinciding as One.
Jesus Christ, our Lord, was born for a sole purpose and He knew it. Jesus may not have fully known the path or journey He was to travel but He surely knew the end destination. Only God, the Father knows all things and places and paths we are to follow.
The moral of this distinction of God in the Old and New Testament was not to reveal how dark and scary God was during the Pre-Jesus era. It is not to negatively portray our Heavenly Father, so do not misconceive this message! The point of it all is that God remains steady across all epochs of time. The love God has for us only remains despite how sinful we are and continue to be.
Remember this love and compassion God has for mankind. It was through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, which helped us to see God’s pure love for us. Jesus revealed the love and goodness that God had for us all along.
Keep God’s Love in your hearts and continue to pray and repent. In this day in age, prayer and repentance is of the utmost importance.