December 25 – Daily Notes – Amanda

showing mercy

How anyone is able to call God cruel or unloving, I can’t understand. Even in reading the widespread wrath of God in Revelation, we see mercy smeared all over it. Even as plagues of destruction are looming, Jesus is calling out for people to repent so he can offer salvation instead of destruction.

Zechariah 8:1-23:

  • 1-8 – God promises to restore Jerusalem and paints a desirable picture of the state to which it will return.
  • 14-17 – God reminds the Israelites of why he brought destruction on their ancestors and explains how he would like for them to live so he can fully prosper them.

Revelation 16:1-21:

  • 1-21 – This describes a series of seven plagues poured out on the unrighteous of the earth.
  • 15 – Here we hear Jesus’ voice inserted in the series of plagues. Jesus is breaking in to give yet another plea for people to repent. The people are hearing what is to come and his hope is to save as many as will turn.

Psalm 144:1-15:

  • 3-8 – David admits humanity’s insignificance in comparison to God and understands that it is a privilege to even be able to request of God. Then he continues to ask for God to reach out to him.

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