“What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:41
I'm sure you've probably heard the saying, "in like a lion, out like a lamb" when referring to the month of March. In other words, if it starts out with chilly weather by the end of the month it warms up or vice-versa.
Of course we all know that doesn't always happen, but one of the reasons March comes in so fiercely cold is because of the wind. March is often a windy month, 2018 has not broken this stereotype. Wind can be a lot of different things. It can be harsh, howling, cold or even gentle and calm. It all depends on the moment. Thankfully, the Lord is in control of that wind.
We know the wind can act in many different ways and we know that God can be seen in different ways. How do you picture the Lord? Do you picture God as a kitten or a lion? Kittens are tame and playful; lions terrify us. Many of us prefer to imagine God as tame and not too demanding. The idea of God as a lion, fierce and overpowering, is not how we like to think of God.
Many times, in the Old Testament, Israel pictured God as more of a kitten than a lion: soft on sin and indifferent to injustice. As a result, the wealthy mistreated the poor. The justice system favored the rich. Evil people thrived while the righteous suffered. And the nation of Israel acted as though God didn’t care.
The prophet Amos warns Israel that God is on the prowl, and, like a lion, he will roar in judgment against sin. At first, Amos speaks about judgment on the nations around Israel (Amos 1:3-2:5), and the people of Israel would have nodded in approval about this punishment for their enemies. But then Amos warns Israel that they are also the target of God’s judgment. God the Lion was going to punish his people for their sin and injustice.
In time, God roared in judgment. At the cross, God roared in judgment against all our sin. Yet God came not only as a Lion but also as a Lamb. God sent Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb to carry our sin. In Christ, we see both God’s hatred for sin and his compassion for sinners.
For this reason, let’s give thanks to him today! See you Sunday!