Jesus, after being born of a woman, a.k.a. begotten, living a perfect life, then choosing to give His unstained life, as the final sacrifice to end all sacrifice was not enough love from an abundant God to his precious children. Our God, Jesus also took up life again after death and then ascended back home so the comfort of His Spirit could be with all his obedient children. There is no biblical record of God the father calling Jesus forth from the grave. Jesus did it in Godly love because he is the great I Am.
This obedience is not a traditional kind of obedience that I think of as I picture obedience. God’s obedience tends to be more of an acknowledgment of our humility to him. The obedience I speak of is even more as it includes a continuous need for help from God himself (we fail regularly). It is a dependence on God for his forgiveness in our shortcomings so we can have real hope.
When I think of obedience, I do not think of misbehavior as being part of it, God includes it. I think of doing the right thing as being part of obedience. David who was in the genealogy of Jesus was never a perfect man. In fact, it is easy to throw stones at David because he made so many sinful acts recorded in Scripture. Yet, God himself said that David was a man after God’s own heart!
What a scandalous thing for God to say about a man like David who fell short of the glory of God in so many human ways. However, what about the statement from God, is it void of understanding of the man David? Not at all, God knew David! It was in complete knowledge of David, and who he is!
David in all of his life never claimed a righteous life but was continuously dependent on a merciful God for righteousness. David is a master at a short sin list with God. Look at his life record in the Old Testament. Where did David immediately go when sin was known in his life? With fellowship like this, not every little sin needs confessed. Nevertheless, God requires acknowledgment as the only hope we have for forgiveness of sin.
Where did David go when he realized the sin in his personal life? Remember, this is the Old Testament when, God was known for his wrath. David went directly to the sinless one who knew his sin and confessed the known sin. David was a man after God’s own heart because he had no doubt that the Mercy seat he so needed is found exclusively in his hope resting in the one awesome God he served.
David was not ever one to hold onto his sin. He humbled himself before his God and sought forgiveness that he knew he did not deserve. This is how David mastered pure fellowship with God. David’s pursuit of God had nothing to do with David’s great works, it had to do with David’s great humility to an awesome God who is full of mercy and grace.
Yes folks, mercy and grace are paramount players in the Old Testament. I have heard it told that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. The new and the old are interdependent on one another and cannot contradict each other in the reconciliation message at its core. Mercy and Grace given/gifted to undeserving mankind by a merciful and loving God.