GOD’S INITIATIVE

“Then you will say on that day, ‘I will give thanks to You, O Lord; for although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me’” (Isaiah 12:1).

Do not misunderstand what is described. The holy God of all creation has not had a change of heart regarding sin and its offensiveness to him and the laws of the universe. As a result of their rebellion and disregard for the things of God, even the people know that God’s anger against them is justified. They understand that his anger will be turned away only because of a blood atonement (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22); that another will be the sacrificial recipient of God’s wrath. We are comforted by the fact even in his anger against sin, God has unceasingly worked for the forgiveness of the sinner.

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