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The Purpose

 

    God is the creator of the universe (Gen. 1:1). Only by the power of his Word were all things created (John 1:1, 3). God created the world with a purpose (Prov. 16:4a), and God’s purpose will never be thwarted (Job 42:2). God’s creation was very good (Gen. 1:31), and nothing happens outside of God’s purposes (Isaiah 46:6).

 

If God’s purposes cannot be thwarted, then why is there so much chaos on earth? What is God’s purpose for me?

 

The Problem

 

    The problem is not God’s but man’s. God created the universe very good (Gen. 1:31), but he did not create man (Adam and Eve) as a mere robot. Instead, God created a tree in the garden called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and God instructed Adam and Eve to not eat of this tree’s fruit (Gen. 2:16-17). The tree was a test of Adam and Eve’s loyalty and obedience to God. Instead of obeying, both Adam and Eve fell prey to the lies of the serpent (Satan), and disobeyed God by eating the fruit of this tree (Gen. 3:6). Adam and Eve as the representatives of every man committed a sin and fell from their state of right relationship with God, and they experienced spiritual death as well as the start of physical death since their bodies started the process of dying. Due to Adam and Eve’s choice and every consecutive man validating that choice by also choosing to disobey God, everyone has a severed relationship with God. Everyone deserves spiritual death and eternal punishment for their sins.

 

Man’s state does not seem hopeful, so how can he fix it? Is there a way that man can get back to a right relationship with God?

 

The Plan

 

    God did not leave man in this state of chaos and despair. Instead, even from the beginning, he started to reveal his plan to fix the relationship between himself and man (Gen. 3:15). God is the only one that could restore this relationship, man is hopeless to bridge the relational gap between God and man caused by sin. God started to reveal his plan immediately to Adam and Eve by killing an animal to make clothes for them in order to cover the shame that came along with their sin (Gen. 3:21). God killing the animal showed Adam and Eve that sin was so serious that it required the shedding of blood to be fixed. God’s people continued to sacrifice animals to shed blood for their sins, then God revealed more of his plan by choosing one man (Abraham) out of all the people on the earth to make a covenant with to show that the relationship between God and man can be healed if God is obeyed (Gen. 12, 15, 17, & 22). Part of God’s plan was that Abraham would be the father of a nation of people that would also share this special relationship with God (Gen. 12). Abraham and his sons continued this line of a chosen people that made blood sacrifices to God. However, they did not continue in obedience. They disobeyed God and had to seek his forgiveness. They wound up in slavery in Egypt (Ex. 1:11).

 

    When the people had grown large enough, God appointed a leader, Moses, and called them out of a land where they were slaves to a land that he had promised Abraham they would have (Ex. 3:8). The nation of Israel was now established as God’s people who he had built a relationship with. God told them that he would dwell amongst them and how they were to worship him (Ex. 40:35). God also brought them into the land he gave them. Their worship was special because it was in one place (the temple), where God would receive their worship. In their worship, God instructed them to continue to offer animal blood sacrifices in order to show the cost of their continued sin (Ex. 30:10). Each day more animals were killed only highlighting the cost of sin. However, they continued to disobey God and they had to again and again seek his forgiveness.

 

    God established a king to lead his people who was supposed to insure they worshiped and obeyed him. The kings started off in obedience to God, but soon the country was again disobeying God, even to the point where they split and formed two countries. God sent them prophets with specific words from God calling them to seek forgiveness for their sins. At times, they responded by asking forgiveness, but the majority of the time they continued in their disobedience. The nation had so severely broken their relationship with God that God punished them by sending them into exile and slavery. God’s nation was a nation separated from their temple and their promised land; because, they disobeyed God. Yet, he promised that one day one man would come and save them from this exile and restore the relationship between them and God. The people of Israel were awaiting their Messiah who would save them from their sins.

 

How come God’s plan did not seem to work out with the nation of Israel? Are all people doomed to the same fate as the Israelites – disobedience? Is this all of God’s plan?

 

The Point


     The whole Old Testament is one big object lesson in the sense that God is making a very specific point. No human is capable of bridging the gap that sin caused between God and man. Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, or Josiah all were men who sought a close relationship with God, but they could not bridge the gap. Instead, it had to be a man that would crush the head of the serpent, while having his heal bruised (Gen. 3:15). Only the suffering servant who would die in the place of God’s people and lead them as the true prophet, priest, and king could bridge the gap between God and man (Isaiah 53:10-12). God’s plan was to show the people of the world that no mere man could be their redeemer, but only a special man provided by God himself. Just like God provided a ram in the place of Isaac on Mt. Moriah, he would provide the man that would take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

 

Who is the man?


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