Thought on entering a new year

 

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

 

The beginning of 2020 brings with it several milestones. 

 

We are 20 percent through the 21st century! This January marks the beginning of a new year and a new decade. February will be a day longer as we observe a leap year. April 1 will be the decadal census of the United States. In November will be the election for president of this nation. It will be an eventful year.

 

With the increase of rigid partisan politics, civility suffers. People are quick to judge and dismiss others who hold a different point of view. Political correctness demands that you accept everyone else for how they define their gender and sexual practices. Others have freedom of speech but you or I don’t unless it agrees with the prevailing whims of the moment. Public discourse is increasingly vulgar and angry. If events do not go a particular way, will there be violence on the streets?

 

History repeats itself in cycles back to the Garden of Eden. The first-born to Adam and Eve murdered his brother. Sin increased globally until it became the only thing on people’s minds (Gen. 6:5). 

 

God preserved Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives in the universal flood. Afterward, sin continued. 

“The intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth [infancy].” — Gen. 8:21

 

Through it all the Lord intended mercy and grace through the Seed of a woman. His appearing would see God set things right in His Son.

Israel had the promise and knew that the Messiah would come through them. The cycle of sin, rebellion, repentance and forgiveness continued through the Old Testament and into the New.

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