Old and New Testaments. Many fail to see any connection betweenthe two. They ask themselves, ³What does this book have anything todo with Jesus?´ So instead of pursuing this question throughengaging the communion of saints, many Christians simply refuse toread the Old Testament at all. Some, who are not so bold, will opt toread some narrative portions of the Old Testament, especially thosenarratives which make it in children¶s picture Bibles. Others will find solace in the Psalms yet they yield some things hard to swallow; evenmany find guidance from the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, yet wonder about the goodness of God in the face of suffering and evil.Many yet struggle, I admit as do I, with the depictions of the terribleand holy God who judges nations by sanctioning their exterminationand the God who delivers nations into each others¶ hands as a sign of his judgment. God as the Divine Warrior, the one fights on behalf of his people doesn¶t sit well with modern Christians trying to live in peace in a present-day warn torn world. Nevertheless, as a preacher of God¶s word, I have an obligation to accurately handle the word of truth.Brothers and sisters, I declare unto you this morning that the God weserve is holy; his ways are not our ways as Isaiah reminds us. TheLORD God who sits on the throne of heaven and makes earth hisfootstool desires to be known and to know us as his people. I believe,my brothers and sisters, it is our calling and mission to understand the One who alone is holy; the One who has redeemed us from the perils of sin and death, from the hands of the evil one. For Christ¶ssake, we must understand the One whom Jesus called ³
bba,Father.´ This call is for us to know God and worship him in the beauty of holiness.In the nineteen chapter of Leviticus, the LORD God calls Moses tospeak on his behalf to the people of God. The LORD says to his people, ³You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God, am holy.´ What follows from this call is a series of commandments.Interspersed between these commandments is the refrain, ³I am theLORD.´ These commandments are not arbitrarily given to the people,but are given because of who God is. Who is the LORD that Israel must follow him?