Who is God?

Have you ever stopped and thought about who is God and how great is He?  It is a mind boggling endeavor.  Being able to identify God and begin to grasp His greatness is almost an impossible task.  But, thanks to our God, and Moses his servant, we have both of our questions answered in one short passage of scripture.

In our text, Moses, the leader of the nation ofIsrael, publically declares the identity and greatness of the God of this world, allowing us all to answer the question… “Who is God?”

THE SCRIPTURE:

Deut 32

1) Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

2) My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

3) Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

4) [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.

THE STUDY:

  1. The Contextof this message –
    1. Deut 31: – Moses hands authority for leadership of Israel to Joshua
    2. Deut 32:-33: – Moses farewell address to the Israelites
    3. Deut 34: – Moses dies
    4. Here in Deut 32: – We have a part of the final message Moses delivers to the Israelites.  What did he want to leave with the Jews?  The greatness of his God!
  1. Vs 1- The Importanceof the message – “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. “
    1. Both men and angels, I am calling upon you to listen carefully to what I have to say.
    2. I “will speak” – to arrange words carefully
    3. The “words of my mouth” – speech, phrasings
  1. Vs 2- The Resultsof this message – “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:”
    1. “my doctrine” – “the received thing” the truths which I have received through revelation and experience I will now hand down to you.
    2. “as rain”, “as dew”, “small rain”, “showers” – all speak of gentleness – Through Moses gentle words and sayings great truths would be handed down.  They would be truths that would bring about growth, nourishment and increase for all the nation of Israel.
  1. Vs 3 – The Purposeof this message “Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.”
    1. “I will publish the name” – To reveal the identity of God
    2. “ascribe ye greatness” – To explain the greatness of God.
    3. “LORD” – “Jehovah” – “The Existing One” – Jehovah is the only TRUE GOD.  He is the only God that actually exists.  Other men may create Gods but Jehovah is the only True God.  That is why He told Moses to call Him “I AM”… in other words, “I exist”. (Exodus 3:13-15)
    4. “God” – “Supreme One, Worshipped One” – This same Jehovah is also described as God by Moses.  This teaches us that He is the One who is over all of us.  He is Supreme and deserves our worship.
  1. Vs 4 – The Message – “[He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.”
    1. “He is the Rock” – Jehovah is the Creator and Sovereign Lord of all. He does nto change. He is the firm foundation upon which everything exists.  He can be relied upon for our physical life and needs, our spiritual life and needs, our daily walk with Him, and our eternal existence.  He is the refuge to Whom we can run.
    2. “His work is perfect” – All of His works are without blemish and complete.  He leaves nothing undone, He commits no sin, He makes no errors.
    3. “all His ways are judgment” –  His workings among men are always fair, He never mistreats anyone nor does He unfairly favor anyone.
    4. “a God of truth” – His teachings are actual to fact, He is faithful to His promises, He can be relied upon
    5. “without iniquity” – He can do no sin.  He is not tainted with the filth of sin, He is not dirtied.  His nature is pure and untouched by sin
    6. “just” – He lives by the same set of rules that He Himself sets. He keeps His own laws
    7. “right” – He is straight, forthright, and honest.  He is not shady, sneaky or misleading.

Jehovah is the Only True God.  He is the Creator, the Lord, the Redeemer and the Holy One.

You can personally know this same God by simply turning from your sin and coming to Him in faith, trusting Him to forgive you of your sin debt, and grant you eternal life.  May the Lord bless you in your search for the True God and a relationship with Him.

1Thess 1:9-10 (KJV) – For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

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About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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4 Responses to Who is God?

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  2. ptl2010 says:

    We were in our first lesson of the Purpose Driven LIfe by Rick Warren book, with a few new students from China. Having been taught about God since childhood, and coming to know Him as my Lord, it flustered me as a leader when a question was raised by a student – Who is God? Those who come from Communist countries do not know the meaning of the word God. Since then I have always made sure when sharing with a pre-believer that they know the meaning of God before sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for if they do not understand our Righteous God and our Just God, they will see no need for salvation. We need not terrify them but explain that He is righteous and just which demands the effect of sin is death and separation from God.It is then there will be appreciation of our God of love who gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Praise the Lord.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      “I have always made sure when sharing with a pre-believer that they know the meaning of God before sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for if they do not understand our Righteous God and our Just God, they will see no need for salvation. We need not terrify them but explain that He is righteous and just which demands the effect of sin is death and separation from God.It is then there will be appreciation of our God of love who gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins”

      I agree with you 100%. When we speak to others about their sinfulness, need and eternal destiny when it is done with a loving concerned spirit it is a wonderful way to glorify God and motivate others to come to Him. Lord bless.

  3. >> “Being able to identify God and begin to grasp His greatness is almost an impossible task”

    So very, very true! It is indeed mind-boggling! If we were to dedicate our time 100% to recording all that God is, we would not have enough years to scrape the bottom.

    And the most amazing thing about that? This amazing God wants to have fellowship with me, and He wanted it so badly that He gave His most precious to make it possible. This amazing God loves ME so much that He adopted me into His own family and is a true Father to me. WHY? We cannot answer. We cannot understand, but we know the REALITY of it and we rejoice with joy unspeakable.

    What a truly, truly, amazing God!

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