"A God of truth and without iniquity..."Bro. David Chancellor
2/24/2002 11:00 AM
This was Moses last opportunity to speak to the children of Israel. He who said he wasn't able to speak, spoke well here. It speaks of the greatness and goodness of God. Moses prophesied what lay ahead for them should they depart from God. As God blesses us with good things, we don't want to be turned aside from him. "... a God of truth and without iniquity..." Humanity has iniquity and is often lawless, but God is not that way. Israel turned aside, though they had no reason to. God may have to deal with us certain ways, but it doesn't change that he is just and without iniquity. Christ, the Son, had the same qualities as the Father - just and without iniquity.
Moses in Deuteronomy pictured what would happen to the people if they turned away from God. The prophet here describes what happened to Israel when they turned from God. God hasn't gone on vacation, nor has he changed. The just Lord is still there and he hasn't changed. God will not do iniquity; he won't stoop to the level of mankind in this regard. God brings correction to his people out of love.
This doesn't begin as other letters do. It begins, "God spoke." In the times before he spoke through the prophets. Now he speaks through his son who was just like him. There was no one greater than Jesus, not even the angels. Jesus occupies a place that can be occupied by no other. God is revealed to us in the Old Testament and Jesus came to bring God to us in a more personal way. Jesus came that we could be children of God. Religion doesn't bring what faith in the blood of Jesus brings to the soul.
1 Peter 2:18-25
How we live is important. Even the servants needed to be a good example; do good even if you don't receive good. Things may not be fair; we may suffer wrongfully, but we need to stay with God. Christ used tough words, but he wanted them to see the damage that was in their (Pharisees) lives. He was telling them how it ought to be. The Pharisees justified in their own minds putting Christ on the cross. Follow the example of Christ, by his grace. We can have God within and be without iniquity. We can be dead to sin. Our suffering, if we are called to suffer, should be for the cause of Christ.
We aren't afraid of judgment, since we know Christ. There is no iniquity with God and there should not be among those claiming God. God's people are a special people, set aside for his purposes. God allowed Job to be tried, but he was no less special to God even when he was being tried.