GodReflection: Is Grace Still Amazing?
When I contemplate specific God acts found in Scripture designed to prepare me to receive his grace, I should stand in holy amazement. Grace so amazing that I’m covered with it now—and yet it is grace so grand—I will only know its complete fullness in the next reality.
In the previous post I began to explore eight high points of grace found across the pages of Scripture. To aid in my understanding, I’ve identified them as Grace Peaks. Last time we visited Promise Peak and Nation Peak. Today, I want to look at two more.
Once again, I find myself on desert flats. This time as I cross the arid sin filled desert of 2 Samuel, I note over eleven hundred years have passed since God promised Abraham: In you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
A third grace peak appears. High on the mountain there is a pinnacle that reaches toward the heavens. It is King Peak. the Prophet Nathan is sent by Holy God with a promise to King David: Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever (2 Samuel 7:19).
In the peace and abundant reign of King David, God’s nation received a hint of a time when God’s King would rule the earth as the Prince of Peace. Truly, all families on earth awaited a new presence with the Holy.
However, after the promise to David, once more, Old Testament Scripture descends the mountain to the Salt Flats of human attempts to determine its own path without the presence of the Holy. Sin’s barren results dominate the landscape. A peak of Hope is visible on a distant horizon.
On Hope Peak, the echoes of the prophets can be heard as they ring from every mountain valley. Those voices cut a trail to the pinnacle. From the mountain’s cap God’s prophecies are heard through echoes of every valley. From Hope Peak vibrate sounds of fulfillment of King David’s forever throne. The voice of Isaiah is loud and clear:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, and other God-servants join with Isaiah to proclaim King Jesus the Messiah to be sent from God as Savior of humankind and creation.
As the four Old Testament Peaks fade over time’s distance horizon, I sense a new horizon is about to reveal something even more exciting. Four additional mountain tops appear. My Old Testament journey closes and I enter the story of God’s new covenant.
In the New Testament God’s grace is released in full force. All grace hints and promises from Old Testament history are about to become reality. The Messiah is ready to make his appearance. Next time we will look at Son Peak and Spirit Peak.
Come with us and may we all stand amazed.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Grace Peaks Create Amazement