Who is the God of the Bible? (Y1.T1.D2)
Updated: Feb 28
Thanks for continuing in the Mosaic Bible read-through. Today I'd like to formally introduced you to God.
Writing that sentence makes me nervous. How can I presume to present someone beyond description? Maybe I should start by introducing myself.
I’m a Christian, a grandmother, and a friend. Some of my titles include author, mentor, and corporate trainer. I have a melancholy temperament and an introverted personality type. My bio includes being born in Utah and living and working in over a dozen different states. If I were to refer to the part of my identity that comes from harsh experiences, I would add I am divorced and a suicide survivor.
Do any of those identifiers draw you in? That’s the goal of an introduction—to find a common bond to connect one person to another. In fact, a couple of the sentences above might lead to more questions if this was a dialogue.
If someone asked me to introduce God, I could mention his roles as Father, Creator, Savior, or names like Yahweh and Redeemer (Isaiah 44:6). He is “ready to forgive, abundant in loving kindness” (Psalm 86:5). Psalm 86:8 says that there is no one like him among the gods—which might lead you to believe he isn’t the only deity available. However, the more you read the Bible, the more you will discover that Yahweh is God alone (Psalm 86:10).
This is an important distinction. The Bible is about only one God.
Some critics will cite a verse like Psalm 96:4 as a counter-argument for multiple gods: “For Yahweh is great, and greatly to be praised! He is to be feared above all gods.” But the next verse invalidates this idea: “For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens” (v. 5).
The God of the Bible did not start off as a man or a piece of wood.
I don’t know about you, but I could never serve a puny god, or a piece of wood or metal. I need the unfathomable God of Isaiah 40:25 “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Now that I’ve introduced you to God, without further ado, let me step aside and allow you to meet him for yourself.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the God of the Bible
5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.
6 Hear, Yahweh, my prayer.
Listen to the voice of my petitions.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call on you,
for you will answer me.
8 There is no one like you among the gods, Lord,
nor any deeds like your deeds.
9 All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord.
They shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great, and do wondrous things.
You are God alone.
11 Teach me your way, Yahweh.
I will walk in your truth.
Make my heart undivided to fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart.
I will glorify your name forever more.
13 For your loving kindness is great toward me.
You have delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol. (Psalm 86:5–13)
4 Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God. Yahweh is one. 5 You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 These words, which I command you today, shall be on your heart; 7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4–9)
6 This is what Yahweh, the King of Israel,
and his Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies, says:
“I am the first, and I am the last;
and besides me there is no God.
7 Who is like me?
Who will call,
and will declare it,
and set it in order for me,
since I established the ancient people?
Let them declare the things that are coming,
and that will happen.
8 Don’t fear,
neither be afraid.
Haven’t I declared it to you long ago,
and shown it?
You are my witnesses.
Is there a God besides me?
Indeed, there is not.
I don’t know any other Rock.”
9 Everyone who makes a carved image is vain.
The things that they delight in will not profit.
Their own witnesses don’t see, nor know, that they may be disappointed.
10 Who has fashioned a god,
or molds an image that is profitable for nothing?
11 Behold, all his fellows will be disappointed;
and the workmen are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together.
Let them stand up.
They will fear.
They will be put to shame together.
12 The blacksmith takes an ax,
works in the coals,
fashions it with hammers,
and works it with his strong arm.
He is hungry,
and his strength fails;
he drinks no water,
and is faint.
13 The carpenter stretches out a line.
He marks it out with a pencil.
He shapes it with planes.
He marks it out with compasses,
and shapes it like the figure of a man,
with the beauty of a man,
to reside in a house.
14 He cuts down cedars for himself,
and takes the cypress and the oak,
and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest.
He plants a cypress tree,
and the rain nourishes it.
15 Then it will be for a man to burn;
and he takes some of it, and warms himself.
Yes, he burns it, and bakes bread.
Yes, he makes a god, and worships it;
he makes it a carved image, and falls down to it.
16 He burns part of it in the fire.
With part of it, he eats meat.
He roasts a roast, and is satisfied.
Yes, he warms himself,
and says, “Aha! I am warm. I have seen the fire.”
17 The rest of it he makes into a god,
even his engraved image.
He bows down to it and worships,
and prays to it, and says, “Deliver me; for you are my god!”
18 They don’t know, neither do they consider:
for he has shut their eyes, that they can’t see;
and their hearts, that they can’t understand.
19 No one thinks,
neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
“I have burned part of it in the fire.
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals.
I have roasted meat and eaten it.
Shall I make the rest of it into an abomination?
Shall I bow down to a tree trunk?”
20 He feeds on ashes.
A deceived heart has turned him aside;
and he can’t deliver his soul,
nor say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:6–20)
1 O Sing to Yahweh a new song!
Sing to Yahweh, all the earth.
2 Sing to Yahweh!
Bless his name!
Proclaim his salvation from day to day!
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
4 For Yahweh is great, and greatly to be praised!
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but Yahweh made the heavens.
6 Honor and majesty are before him.
Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to Yahweh, you families of nations,
ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due to his name.
Bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9 Worship Yahweh in holy array.
Tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “Yahweh reigns.”
The world is also established.
It can’t be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice.
Let the sea roar, and its fullness!
12 Let the field and all that is in it exult!
Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy
13 before Yahweh; for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
the peoples with his truth. (Psalm 96:1–13)
I love You with all I am. Help me focus on loving You more (Joshua 23:11). Thank You for being more accessible than any idol. Reveal Yourself to me. Help me see the Creator of trees rather than a forest full of wood. You are great! You do wondrous things (Jeremiah 33:3)! You are God alone! Show me how to praise You better than any roaring sea or shining star. I will sing of Your wonders today. I will rejoice because You are great and greatly to be praised (Psalm 48:1).
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