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Kristi’s Korner: So Just Who is God?

So Just Who is God?

 

People have many ideas as to who the God of the Bible is whether they have read the Bible or not.  Creator, Savior, Lord, Judge, Healer, Ruler, a “force,” Law-Giver, like Santa but bigger, Father, uninvolved, involved, cosmic busybody, doddering old man – are all things I have heard people say when asked about God.  So, who is God and does it matter?

According to the Bible God is.  Period.  He is eternal.  He doesn’t need to justify His existence.  He doesn’t need to be believed in.  He doesn’t need to be understood  When asked by Moses, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’  What shall I tell them?”  God answered, “I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites:  ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  God is.  He has always been.  And He is complete within Himself.

God is complete, so why did He create everything?  God created because He wanted to.  He felt like it.  Part of who He is is Creator.  God is not just the Creator, He also desires to have a relationship with His creation.  God wants a relationship with mankind.  God wants a relationship with you and me.  Why?  Because He loves us!

Moses obeyed God and, God’s people, Israel, eventually were allowed to leave Egypt.  God used the time of the Exodus to show Israel more of who He is.  The people saw God as the pillar of cloud during the day and the pillar of fire at night, protecting and leading them.  They saw a cloud descend on the mountain when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  God is holy and people cannot handle actually seeing true holiness, so God allowed one man, Moses, to come talk to Him.  God’s glory was visible by way of a cloud and fire.  God showed the people a visible manifestation of Himself, but with Moses He was a bit different.  God spoke to Moses “face to face.”  In Exodus 33:11 we read, “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend…”  In Numbers 12:6-8 God says, “…When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams.  But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house.  With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD…”  We know that Moses did not see God’s face because according to Exodus 33:20 no one who sees God will live.  When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God granted him that special privilege and protected Moses as He passed by him.  God hid Moses in a cleft of a rock and covered him with His hand in protection as He passed by, and God spoke to Moses clearly as a friend. Read Exodus 33:18 -23.  Wow!

Abraham was also called a friend of God.  We read in James 2:23, “…‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.”  Abraham believed God.  God wants us to believe Him and in Him.

Fast forward to John 11:11,  Jesus had waited four days after being informed of Lazarus’ sickness, He told the disciples, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep;…”  Jesus called Lazarus, friend.

We read in John 15:13-15 that Jesus says “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you…”  Did you catch that?  Jesus chose us to be His friends!

 

If someone asked you, “Who is God to you?”  What would you say?  Is He your friend?