Friday, February 1, 2013

God heard our cries

Exodus 2:23-25   23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.  24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.  25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

Judges 3:8-9   8 The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.  9 But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, who saved them.

1 Chronicles 4:10   10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request. 

These are only few verses that shows to us when people of God cried out to Him in time struggles or suffering, God hears their cries and deliver them. God hears our cries and responded to our cries but interestingly, when Jesus cries out to God when He was hung upon that cross, God could hears it, but He did not respond to it. IF God responded to it, then sin could not be broken.

Mark 15:34   34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-- which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Imagine how painful it is. Jesus responded to our cries - the cries of bondage of sins, being chained by the power of darkness. Jesus responded to our cries by sacrificing Himself on the cross. And when He cried, God did not respond to him, but rather to our cries. Because of what Jesus had done on the cross, God hears our cries.

Isaac

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