Born 8/30 at 1:09pm
21in and 8lbs 8oz
Mom and Baby are doing well! More details to come.
|At 38.5 weeks on 8/17/12|
It is absolutely the case that God’s holiness precludes our sin from entering His presence, but it’s not because He’s “intolerant” in any sense that contrasts diametrically with His love. It’s because He’s an all-consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). It’s because sin cannot tolerate the presence of God.This is a very common Evangelical teaching: God cannot tolerate the presence of sin. We are often taught that God's holiness can be equated to His separateness from sinful things. It's a basic component to the Gospel presentation that many people use: God must eradicate all sin from his presence.
This verse in Hosea comes on the heels of God calling out Israel's sin; they certainly are not God's good little children at this juncture in the story. While they are still in a state of sin, God is in their midst. (Moreover, this verse challenges the concept that God's wrath requires him to be a God of wrath. In fact, God's holiness seems to be the reason that He isn't coming in wrath. Interesting.)I will not execute My fierce anger;I will not destroy Ephraim again.For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst,And I will not come in wrath.