I often find myself expecting Grace to be given after a few prayers or an intense but short time with God. And then, I get disappointed or give up on the request when it doesn't come at my speed. It mustn't be in God's will, I foolishly rationalize.

I am then reminded of the heroes of faith, who were promised a certain Grace and had to wait years for it -  despite some often questionable actions during that waiting period. 

Noah was promised to be saved from a devastating flood at 500 years old. He built an ark for years (100 at most) while being mocked by his peers. He was then in the ark for a little more than 1 year. He was graced with life and he saw the promise-rainbow.

Abraham was promised to be the father of a great nation, at 75 years old, while being childless. He waited 25 years in which he lacked faith, took some horrible decisions to accelerate God's plan, assumed his way was better than God's. He was graced with a child.

Isaac, Abraham's son, was the child of promise and was saved from being sacrificed. He waited 20 years before he was graced with twin boys.

Jacob waited 14 years to marry the woman he loved. He waited more than 20 years to reunite with a favored son he thought was dead. He was graced with joy and a full life.

Joseph dreamt of greatness. He was then sold to slavery by his brothers, unjustly sent to jail for keeping his integrity and forgotten in jail by those who promised to vouch for him. Joseph waited nearly 20 hard years. He was graced with greatness.

Moses was 40 when he decided to associate himself with Israel as their deliverer.  It was not in God’s timing, and after having taken matters into his own hands and killing an Egyptian, he fled into the wilderness of Midian.  There he married, had two sons, and met God at the burning bush when he was 80.  So at 80 years of age, Moses marched back into Egypt and demanded the release of the Jewish people, which he led out of Egypt across the Red Sea.  Then, after Israel's disobedience, he wandered for another 40 years in the desert. Moses waited a total 80 years before seeing the grace God promised him: the Promised Land.

Job did not even know what was happening to him. The richest man in his time, he lost everything (including his children) and had no explicit promise of grace to hold on to. For months, he suffered the worst kinds of pain, unswayed by his friends' bad advice, staying faithful to God. He was graced with double of everything he had.

David was annointed king at around 20 years old and waited until he was 30 to be crowned. He waited another 7.5 years to reign over all of Israel. During that time, he killed Goliath, he played the harp in Saul's court, he fled to the wilderness to evade Saul's pursuit and he became the champion of the oppressed. He was graced with a kingdom and a lineage that would produce the Saviour.

Simeon the Righteous was promised to see the Christ before his death. He was an old man when he was graced to hold Jesus in his arms. The prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying for close to 14 years. She was graced to see him at 84 years old and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Jesus spoke in the temple at 12 years old and then waited 18 years to begin his public ministry. He knew of the hardships to come and yet still pursued. During His ministry, He was mocked, hated, used, misunderstood and reviled. Before Jesus arrived at the cross He patiently trained the disciples. Even after His miracles and proclamations of being the Son of God, the disciples were often confused as to who Jesus was. Jesus was still trying to teach them how to persevere in prayer up until the moment He was taken in the garden to be crucified. At the cross, He endured the worst death penalty created by man to give believers access to the Father. He was Grace and Truth incarnate. He recieved resurection, glory, power and dominion over everything. 

He is the ultimate example of waiting for the promised grace God gives us.

Grace. It sometimes takes time... but it's worth it!
 
 
The premise of this series is to crawl through the biblical text and determine how each of God's actions were full of Truth and Grace, the 2 characteristics describing Jesus in John 1:14,17. 

We often think that God was 'justice' in the Old Testament and was 'love' in the New Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth. I hope this series will help show that God never changed and was equally Truth and Grace from the very beginning.

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GENESIS
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Truth was God's standard, Grace gave man choice
Truth saw that wickedness of man was great on the earth, Grace grieved
Truth pronounced judgement on all living things, Grace found favor in Noah
Truth gave Noah specific instructions, Grace gave him promises
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Truth applied the judgment and made it rain to drown all living things, Grace waited for the ark to finish and be full, and closed the door behind Noah and his family
Truth killed all living things, Grace saved Noah, his family and the animal species
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Truth surrounded Noah with rain and water, Grace remembered him, restrained the rain, gave him an olive-leaf, dried up the earth and made it livable
Truth brought Noah to offer a sacrifice of clean animals, Grace accorded favour to Noah and promised the earth's continuity
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Truth established its initial laws, Grace established its covenant and made the rainbow its symbol
Truth found Noah naked, Grace had 2 of his sons cover him
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Truth applied Noah's curse to Ham and Canaan, Grace multiplied the sons of Noah on the earth and gave them the land
 
 

The premise of this series is to crawl through the biblical text and determine how each of God's actions were full of Truth and Grace, the 2 characteristics describing Jesus in John 1:14,17. 

We often think that God was 'justice' in the Old Testament and was 'love' in the New Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth. I hope this series will help show that God never changed and was equally Truth and Grace from the very beginning. 

---GENESIS
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Truth created the world, Grace made it good for man
Truth created the world in order, Grace created man, in His image, at the end of the order so man could benefit from it
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Truth created the world in six days, Grace rested the seventh day
Truth created the world, Grace gave man dominion over it and blessed him
Truth created and forbade the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, Grace created and gave the Tree of Life and whole Garden of Eden
Truth put man in the Garden to work and keep it, Grace gave him a helper called Eve, and created marriage
Truth gave man specific instructions in the Garden, Grace walked with him everyday
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Truth forbade them to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Grace gave man the freedom to choose
Truth revealed man's nakedness, Grace killed an animal, provided man with coats of skins and covered his sin
Truth shamed man into hiding, Grace sought them out
Truth pronounced judgment on Adam and Eve, Grace spared their lives, clothed them, prophesised of the coming hope in Christ, gave them a family
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Truth rejoiced in Abel's offering and rejected Cain's, Grace told Cain how to do right offerings
Truth pronounced judgment on Cain, Grace spared his life, protected him and gave him a family
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Truth brought death to Adam's seed, Grace gave them many many years
Truth was Enoch's guide, Grace took him before he died
 

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