The Old Testament God of Love

Honestly, I grow tired of the accusations! “The Old Testament God is a God of wrath; the New Testament God is a God of love.” As if we are dealing with two different Gods, or the God of the Old Testament matured out of His childish ways. How absurd!

There is only one God. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament declare this: “Listen Israel: the LORD is our God, the LORD is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:9). He does not change: “For I, Jehovah, change not” (Malachi 3:6).

God has always been a God of love… ALWAYS! Deuteronomy 7:7-8 states: “The LORD was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, form the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (emphasis mine).

“Ah, but the Old Testament also says that God is ‘a consuming fire, a jealous God’” (Deuteronomy 4:24).

True, but why is God jealous of us? Is it not because He loves us? I am not jealous of any woman, but I am jealous for my wife. You can flirt with any woman—respectfully, of course—but flirt with my wife at your own risk! I’ve been known to take up for my wife a few times.

Even in His discipline, it was always as a loving father correcting his son.

Remember this: it was—actually and technically—still the Old Testament period when God sent His Son into the world because He “so loved the world” (John 3:16). That happened a lifetime (60-100 years) before the New Testament was written.

There is only one God. He has not “grown up”; He has always been the same. God’s love for you is constant and sure.

He has always been—and always will be—the God who loves you.