The Lord God Jehovah

“That they may know that You alone, whose name is Jehovah, Are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:18)

The evidence that there is a God is not the mystery that the doubters purport it to be. Any one of the five senses that we have can know the truth that there is a God who created all that there is known to man and beyond. The idea that that the universe was created by circumstance is a ludicrous thought and not worth much conversation. There is too much unity in the universe to think that it happened by the luck of the draw. If it had, then how is it that our finite minds have not begun to grasp the ability of the universe to work in unity within itself? We cannot not even know the number of its members or the extent of its vastness. There was a plan, a plan that only a superior infinite intelligence could conceive and only that intelligence can keep the universe functioning. The Bible itself, written thousands of years ago, speaks to things that we have only learned about recently.

To the days of Christopher Columbus man thought of the world as flat. In the Book of Job it is written in the assumption that the world was a sphere as the sun and the moon. “He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing.” (Job 26:7) The Prophet Isaiah conveyed the same thought in his writings that the earth was a sphere. “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” (Isaiah 40:22) How did they know if God had not told them?

All of Creation sings praises to the Lord God Jehovah. Even the stars of space sing praise to God the Creator. “NASA has discovered a group of massive red stars that are actually humming to themselves. The planet-hunting Kepler space telescope recently spotted sound waves emanating from the stars.” This was big news but if man had read the Bible he would have known the stars sing. “When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 28:7)

This idea that some have that a bunch of dead stuff just came together and became alive is unfounded fantasy. When you read the first chapter of Genesis you see that God spoke everything into existence. (Genesis 1:1-31) Can any man do that? Well that wasn’t exactly true. God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) This is the difference between man and all other living creatures, God formed us and God breathed life into us. I believe that man was created eternal. At first physical and spiritual but after the fall to sin spiritual. This is the question for man, to which destination will he go after departing earth? To deny the existence of God is to deny the existence of yourself, as man was created in the image of God. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)

Any man that cannot see God through His creation or in himself is a foolish person. There are those who do not believe in any God at all. They call themselves atheist. If one cannot see God in the creation around them, or the work of a mighty God in His handiwork of themselves, then I agree with the word of God. “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.” (Psalm 14:1) They should pick up a Bible and read it, or re-read it, and search the Scriptures and they will learn that God reveals His nature, His character, and His work in His written word.

Knowing that there is a deity that has the power to create all that there is minimizes any power on earth or in the universe. How fortunate we are that Jehovah is a God of love. I do think that everyone should at least investigate who Jehovah is. First thing to do is to seek Him. He is near and I am inclined to think that will not always be true. In Isaiah we read. “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) A God that is all powerful, is all knowing, and ever present. All knowledge came from Him and man has twisted His truth, His wisdom. A deity as great as He is a God that is to be feared and a God that will impart His wisdom for the asking. As the wisest man Solomon said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Provers 1:7)

I have been told that is just my stinking opinion that Solomon is the wisest man that ever lived. So, prove me wrong by accepting this challenge. There are 31 chapters in the book of proverbs and I challenge you to read one day for seven months. Don’t just punch the ticket, read it. After seven months you will see how frail the worlds watered down wisdom is.

There are many false notions about God because people listen to what others say and never seek Him for themselves. If one has a false notion about God then they are worshiping a false God which is idolatry. “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.” (Psalm 50:21) God reproves the wicked for their false accusation that He is like a man. How foolish as God is nothing like His creation. God is holy, He is a part from all of creation “For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15) The Lord Jehovah is the Supreme Being who is the Creator and ruler of all that there is. He is self-existent and perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom.

To seek God we seek to learn His nature. He is the Creator and perfect in every way and if we want to elevate ourselves above the fray of this fallen world, then we want to be more like He is. God’s mercy endures forever. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 118:1 KJV) By His mercy He has revealed some of His nature to us. God is a Spirit and is not a tangible person as we are. At the creation of the earth God was moving across seeing His handiwork. “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) When we worship God we can worship Him as a man but we must worship Him in spirit. As God is all knowing then we must also worship Him in truth. It would not be wise to lie to a righteous God. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)

It is difficult from man’s mind to fully comprehend but there is but one God, “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.” (Isaiah 44:6) God exists in three persons that are equally God. There is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We can see all three present at the baptism of Jesus, God’s Son. “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

God is eternal, He has no beginning and no end. God is an infinite being who lived in the eternity before creation and will live in the eternity after the creation has passed. “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17) There is no comparison to God, He has no equal and He has no opposite. “For this reason You are great, O Lord GOD; for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” (2 Samuel 7:22) In the world the rules change with popular opinion but the Lord’s words endure forever as they were spoken. He is unchangeable and is the same today as yesterday and will be the same tomorrow. “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6)

There is nowhere in His creation that God does not exists. He is not a deity that has abandoned His creation but is actively involved and in control of events. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:7-12)

God is all knowing and nothing is hidden from Him. “Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:28) God is all powerful and everything that He has created He has authority over. “Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” (Revelation 19:6)

God’s Word is His and through His Word He reveals to us His character. By our study we know that God is just. “Because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31) He is a God of love. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Ephesians 2:4-5) All Truth is found in God, as His Word was before the beginning. (John 1:1) “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) A God is holy, set a part from His creation. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

The Lord God Jehovah is full of compassion for His people. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” (1 Corinthians 1:3)  Though we are worthy of the wage for our sin God shows His mercy upon us. “For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Romans 9:15) God is a God of grace towards mankind. And to those who follow His Son in faith His grace is sufficient to accomplish the work He has set before them. “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

God will judge the sin that has not been covered by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. “The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.” (Psalm 5:5) Out of God’s love, mercy, and grace He offers forgiveness through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. “But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.” (Psalm 135:4)

God is actively at work throughout His creation. We can understand God better as His work flows from who He is. Let us look at the works of God in the past, present, and the future. God is the Creator and He created the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) It is God the Creator who spread out the earth and formed it according to His plan that it would be perfect and whole. It was God the Creator that provided the way that the earth would replenish itself and be fruitful and multiply. It was Cod the Creator who formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed His life into them and provides His Spirit for the people who would walk in it. “Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it.” (Isaiah 42:5)

God existed before creation and all of creation is His handiwork and all creation is sustained by Him. “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17) All was provided by God for man to have dominion over and to be good stewards of. (Genesis 1:28) All was predestined by His will and good purpose and is maintained by the counsel of His will. “Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.” Ephesians 1:11)

Man fell into temptation in the Garden of Eden and allowed sin to come into God’s creation and now suffers the wage for his sin which is death. Out of God’s love and mercy He provided away that man may be redeemed from his fallen state. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”– in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14) It is God who draws people to His Son who is the Savior of mankind. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) God actively disciplines His children as a loving Father that they may be fully sanctified to enter into the Kingdom. “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6) In the end God will settle all accounts and judge the quick and the dead according to their deeds. And those who trusted not the blood of the Lamb of God will face the second death. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

God became as a man though His Son Jesus. He came not to judge the world but to save those who had become lost in their way. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) It is imperative that man develop an intimate and personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God and became the Son of man and forms the bridge between God and man. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus is the only way and there is none other. He is the door to the Kingdom of Heaven. (John 10:9) Jesus is our High Priest and mediates between God and man. “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

Only through Jesus can we find forgiveness for the sins that we have committed. It was Jesus who paid the wage of our sin and only Jesus can grant us forgiveness for those sins. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7) Through Jesus we can be reconciled unto God. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10)

When we follow Jesus in faith serving Him by allowing Him to live through us we receive eternal salvation and life in the Kingdom of Heaven. “For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10) Jesus is fully God and He is fully man. “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:9) To know God and to know who He is, all we have to do is to know Jesus as our personal Savior. “Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.” (John 14:9-11)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, June 30, 2016

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