Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Ant Hill Story

I like the example that Leong Tien Fook set out for us as to how God has prepared us throughout history to help us understand that we need a saviour. It's a story of an ant hill. It goes like this:

There was once an ant hill. A big tractor was coming to flatten it. You observe this happening and you love ants! You want to save them and so, you became an ant in order that you may communicate to them to move house because a big tractor is coming. But the ants ask you "What is a tractor?" [the end]

Oops, you have not prepared the ants to understand the meaning of a "tractor"!

God could not have sent Jesus Christ to save us right after Adam's fall. But throughout history, God spoke to his people through prophets. Through them, he introduced the law to show us what a righteous and holy God He is. For 1,500 years, the Israelites failed to follow the law. Similarly today, if you are trying to carry out good works or charity or acts of repentance - you will fail because you will never match up against a holy God. God hates sin. The law was put in place to show us that we actually sin, that we fall short before a holy God.

And because we cannot save ourselves, He then started speaking through the prophets about the coming of a Saviour (and a Prophet, a King, a High Priest [Hebrews 1:1-4]) and indeed He has come! Yayyyy! Praise the Lord! The prophecies has been fulfilled through Jesus Christ. So, I am beginning to plow through the bible to read all about this all over again. I hope you will too! :)

Hebrews 1:1-4

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs

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