A Trophy of God’s Scandalous Delight

But after studying and teaching the Old Testament several times, I realized that very little of my childhood view of Abraham was true.  Yes, he was sort of faithful and did obey from time to time, and yes, it is true that Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac at God’s command.  But none of this can be rightly understood apart from grace – God’s stubborn delight in stubborn people.

Far from being a faithful saint, Abraham is a trophy of God’s scandalous delight.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 51-52

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That is the Promise of Genesis 3:15

The offspring of Satan are all who oppose God’s plan of redemption – Cain, Ham, the Canaanites, and the pharaoh in Egypt who will end up enslaving God’s people for over four hundred years.  God orchestrates a plan to fix creation by working through the womb of women.  Ultimately, a descendent of Eve will “bruise” (or “crush”) the head of Satan.  That’s the promise of Genesis 3:15.  And that’s why this verse is the first of many so-called messianic promises of the Bible.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 50-51

Instead of Zapping them With Lightening…

Instead of squashing Adam and Even or zapping them with lightning, Yahweh forgives them.  He then sets up a plan to weed out the cancerous evil that has invaded His creation.  GOd will stop at nothing to fix their mess and relate with them.

So in Genesis 3:15, God promises to redeem the world and bring us back to Eden – that place where Creator and creature live in perfect harmony.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 50