Sunday, May 17, 2015

Victory Series Bible Study Week 2: The Nature of God

Greetings, gents!

Today's post is week 2 of our 30 week male devotional Bible Study. This week, we focus on the nature of God, the creator, and we build the discussion around Psalms 19: 1-14.

19 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."
The key point to take away is that God reveals himself to be a part of all life. God is not an impersonal creator who has walked away from creation. God desires to have an intimate relationship with his creation and this is revealed in the majesty of creation and divine revelation. This theme is reinforced in the New Testament in Romans 1:20:
20 "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse"
The key thing that I took from this is that we as men should understand that God is both the author of and hero of our lives. Men seek to be heroic and creative forces in their life, and therefore we look for these qualities in others to emulate. On this point, study author Neil T Anderson states that Jesus is the "fullness of the Godhead" and "our example for social relationships." To emulate Jesus is to emulate God, our ideal hero and creator. Like God, we should seek to be intimately involved in all aspects of our life.
Anderson closes this week's study by asking us to consider God's revelation. What evidence from scripture indicates that God wants to be involved in his creation? What comfort can you take from knowing that God is integral to all parts of your life? How does it make you feel to know that God wants you to know him? In what ways has God made himself personally known to you?
I hope these questions give you pause for thought as you go throughout your week. Take care everyone!
-Hunter

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