Emmanuel: A Comparative Narrative

This post is a little different than others. Instead of my thoughts and comments, I have simply posted Bible verses. They’re arranged to tell a story, to emphasize how although it was our sin that ripped apart our relationship with God, God Himself took the initiative to restore the broken friendship, be with us, and bring us to Himself. These verses contrast what we could not do and what God did; what we would not do and His willingness to act; our rebellion and His mercy; our unfaithfulness and His boundless love.
I pray these truths will help us comprehend the depth and breadth of what God has done and respond in love and worship.

Genesis 1:27, 31 – So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them….Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

Genesis 2:16-17, 3:6, 8 – And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”…So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate….And they heard the [voice] of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God…
Genesis 6:5-6 – Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

Genesis 6:8-9 – But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD….Noah walked with God.

Isaiah 59:1-2 – Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

Genesis 12:1-3 – Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Exodus 3:4, 6-8 – So…God called to [Moses] from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”….Moreover [God] said, “I am the God of your father–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
And the LORD said, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry…so I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…”

Luke 1:49-52, 54 – He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly….He has helped Israel, in remembrance of His mercy.

Exodus 19:16-20-22, 20:18-19 – Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God…now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke…and the whole mountain quaked greatly….Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice….And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they…gaze at the LORD, and many of them perish.”…and when the people saw [the mountain smoking], they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

Luke 1:68-69, 72, 74-75 – Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us…to perform the mercy promised  to our fathers and to remember His covenant…to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

Nehemiah 9:26 – Nevertheless they were disobedient and rebelled against You, cast Your law behind their backs and killed Your prophets, who testified against them to turn them to Yourself; and they worked great provocations.

Isaiah 59:15-16 – Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him, and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Exodus 33:1-4, 7 – Then the LORD said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt…And I will send My Angel before you…for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” And when the people heard this bad news, they mourned…And it came to pass that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp.

Hebrews 13:12 – Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Romans 5:6 – For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Exodus 33:12-14, 18-20  – Then Moses said to the LORD…”If I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My presence will go with You, and I will give you rest.”…And [Moses] said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you….You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Exodus 33:9, 11, 34:29-30, 33 – When Moses entered the tabernacle…the pillar of cloud descended…and the LORD talked with Moses….So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when…all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold…they were afraid to come near him….when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face.

2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Romans 8:19, 22-23 – For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God….For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of the body.

1 John 3:1 – Beloved, now are we children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Revelation 22:3-5 – And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: they need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

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