Grace in the Old Testament?

Grace. To a lot of people, this was a new concept introduced by Jesus. It wasn’t. As he said in John 5:19, his own acts of grace and mercy were rooted in what he’d watched the Father do from the beginning. This is actually one reason so many of the Jewish believers who followed Jesus knew he was from God. God was a source of grace, and Jesus was a source of grace, so Jesus’ claims to be from God rang true to them. (<–Hey…there might be a parenthetical message in there)

For an example of how Israel saw the grace of YHWH in the OT, just check out this excerpt from Nehemiah:

“You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. Even when they had made for themselves a golden calf and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies, you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go. You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.” – Nehemiah 9:17-21, ESV


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