What is God REALLY like?
Different answers and ideas - weird & wonderful. We should be getting our information from the Bible.
?????? The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Job - truly stated/recorded but not a statement of truth. It was satan doing the destroying and stealing.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Greek words Ortho/tomeo meaning: right to cut or to cut it straight.
What you believe and perceive about God will directly impact your life and the lives of those around you. How you relate to Him and others. You can get yourself into a real muddle using the bible if you are not interpreting the information correctly.
The Bible is a progressive revelation. The Old Testament contains a lot of types, shadows and symbolism. The Old Testament contains the new but the New testament explains the Old - The good, the bad and the ugly.
1 John 4:8 …………, for God is love.
Numbers 15:32-36 Penalty for Violating the Sabbath
Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.
35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
Seems a bit harsh. What’s going on? You’ll never know what God is like until you understand His plan, His purpose and His ways – His true intent.
3 time periods of approx..2000 years: before the Law, the Mosaic Law and after the Law/ Church age.
These are three stages in a progressive revelation.
Different ways in which God had to deal with His creation to bring His plan to pass:
Pre Law - Conscience
The Age of Grace (Church Age)
A key to what God is really like is in understanding these different dispensations……… Jigsaw puzzle
1st. Pre- Law or age of conscience. Mercy
2nd The Law period. Wrath - Judgement
3rd Age of grace or Church age.
Adam committed high treason and sold out to the enemy of God, which plunged all mankind into sin and separated them from the life of God. Sin was like a festering sore that spread, e.g. bad apple in box of good apples contaminates all.
God had a plan to redeem us back to Himself and prophesied His purpose that He would send a Deliverer to redeem man back to Himself through the seed of woman.
Genesis 3:15. To Satan, God said, And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
This is a reference to the promise of a deliverer - the first Messianic prophecy. The expression “seed of woman” is a reference to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
When God says something, it will surely come to pass. Nothing can stop God’s ultimate plan and purpose.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
At the fall of man, sin was unleashed in the earth and man was on a downward death spiral.
Cain killed Abel - first murder in Bible. God didn’t drop the hammer on Cain.
Cain was fearful when people found out what he’d done and he believed they’d kill him. Mercy - God sealed him with a mark of protection so nobody would kill him.
6 generations later.
Then Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, Even a young man for hurting me. 24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.”
Lamech - I’m not as bad as Cain. My actions were in self-defence.
Men began to compare themselves and their sins e.g. “I’m better than you. You tell filthy black lies, I’m nice. I only tell white lies”. Sin was rampant.
God had to do something - Noah’s flood and Sodom and Gomorrah.
To curb the rate of sin…………… God introduces the Law. Why the Law? Because there wouldn’t be any virgins left to give birth to Jesus the Saviour.
Question? The Purpose of the Law?
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Romans 4:15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression……. Sin not imputed ….No Speed limit in Northern Territory when we lived there.
1 Peter 3:19-20 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
Man picking up sticks on the Sabbath was breaking the law. Wrath - Hammer drop.
Your perception of God will be twisted and skewed if you don’t understand the intent, plan and purpose of God.
The Law was not ‘the plan’, but a pathway to the fulfilment of God’s plan to bring forth the Redeemer Jesus. The purpose of the Law was to show mankind how sinful they were and their need for a Saviour.
True story - Ahaziah the son of Ahab and Jezebel was wicked like his parents. He fell through lattice from the upper story. He sent a servant to enquire from the god of Ekron whether he would live after his injury. They were intercepted by Elijah the prophet with the word of the Lord.
Why ??? Because Ahaziah did not inquire of the Lord. Elijah said to tell the King he will not recover but die.
2 Kings 1:9-15 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty men. So he went up to him; and there he was, sitting on the top of a hill. And he spoke to him: “Man of God, the king has said, ‘Come down!’ ”
10 So Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. 11 Then he sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty men.
And he answered and said to him: “Man of God, thus has the king said, ‘Come down quickly!’ ”12 So Elijah answered and said to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
13 Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him, and said to him: “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. 14 Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight.”
15 And the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king.
We must interpret the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. A better covenant established on better promises - New Testament grace.
Luke 9:51-53 A Samaritan Village Rejects the Saviour
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to anot