This Promise Forms the Backbone of the Entire Bible

Then, before Abraham has the chance to do anything good, God promises to give him the land of Canaan, make him a mighty nation, and bless people of other nations through him (Genesis 12:1-3).  This promise is an unconditional promise; there’s nothing Abraham does to earn it, no conditions he needs to fulfill in order to ensure its fulfillment.  And this promise forms the backbone for the entire Bible.

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

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It Runs Wild and Free

You can’t domesticate charis.  It runs wild and free.

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

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

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

Lies, Lies, Lies

Some of the greatest lies you’ll ever believe are told by your eyes as you gaze into a mirror.  Lies fueled by your own doubt and a culture that worships a false standard of beauty and worth.  Beauty is formed in the eye of the beholder.  But your beholder is God.  He made you in His own image; He gave you that crown.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 45

Both are Essential to God’s Character

God creates (Genesis 1) and God relates (Genesis 2).  Both are essential to God’s character.  We can’t sacrifice either of these truths for the sale of the other.   If we see God only as transcendent, God will seem cold and distant.  And if we see God only as intimate, then we belittle Him – making Him our friend and not our Lord.  The opening chapters of Genesis describe God as both transcendent and intimate.  He’s our King and our Friend.  Though He could annihilate us with His voice (Genesis 1), He gently breathes life into our nostrils (Genesis 2).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 42