Who God Is
article originally began 17 Nov 15
posted to this site 18 Nov 15
photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/May 2011
Many times I have wondered why God bothered to create Adam and Eve.
They failed to obey the one instruction they were given.
The cost to the planet and all its inhabitants was immeasurable.
He could have given up on humanity completely.
He could have erased them from existence immediately.
He didn’t do that.
Even though the man and woman had to
suffer the consequences of their disobedience,
God continued to provide for them.
Why would he do that? It revealed His character of Divine Love.
He IS Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides.

It’s important to note that this is when death entered the scene on our planet.
Definitely dire consequences…sin ushered in death…but even in their sinfulness…God still cared about their nakedness (their innocence was forever gone)
and provided them covering; clothing that cost
the life of the animal whose skin was used to make it.
He allowed them to live and work to survive.
Centuries later, He provided salvation through Christ
 to cover humanity again, even in the midst of our sin.
A bridge was provided to cross the divide
between mankind and our Holy, Loving Father.

I have heard many claim that no loving God
would condemn anyone to hell and torment.
However, they fail to see that it is our freedom to choose whether to cross the bridge provided. It’s hardly fair to stand on the opposite side
of the chasm, defiantly refusing to cross and then blame the One who built the bridge (at great cost to Himself, I might add)
for finding yourself eternally separated from God and Heaven.  
Choose wisely or foolishly…
but do not blame the Builder for the result of your choice.

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden
to work the ground from which he had been taken.
Genesis 3:21-23

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so,
but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:6-11

I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:19-23

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