Why a lesson like this? There are those who declare there is no God and then there are those who believe in a god or many gods but amongst all the talk and beliefs there is one who is set apart. The God of Israel and we are going to let him speak for himself.
Be still, and know that I Am GOD, I will be exalted among the heathen (nations) I will be exalted in the earth.
There is no God beside me.
Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any.
The heavens (plural) declare the glory (high renown or honor won by notable achievements) of God. The sky and beyond to the third heaven where God and the angel’s dwell. They continually bear witness that God is.
God is angry with people who know he exist but who suppress the truth. He has made it clear by the things which are made even his eternal power and Godhead so that men are without excuse. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools.
1 Corinthians 1:19-21
For it is written, where is it written?
Speaking by the mouth of Isaiah the prophet, the Lord declares he would destroy the wisdom of the wise men which shall perish, and they will have no understanding. Woe to them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord (through the futility of their minds) Mankind has turned the things of God upside down and declare we are our own gods because god doesn’t exist.
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.
The fool (a person who acts unwisely or imprudently (not showing care for the consequences of an action, rash) says in his heart, there is no God. God says such a one is corrupt.
It is one thing to say I don’t believe in God or if there is a God I don’t understand why such and such but to declare that there is no God is to declare I know everything about everything that there is to be known therefore the God who made you who you deny says you are a fool.
One thing that has always been puzzling to me is why majority of people spend their time, energy and money trying to disprove God and his word the bible instead of having an opened mind to investigate it. But let us see why this is.
2 Corinthians 4:1-4
The true servants of God teach the word of God the gospel (good news) faithfully in word and deed but when people don’t believe it is because the god of this world hath blinded their minds. Let us see who he is by permission.
This anointed cherub (angel, a spirit being) was in heaven and declared perfect by God his maker until iniquity (wickedness)was found in him. God charged him with sin and told him he would cast him to the ground. He was also charged with violent conduct. Let us see what sin is
1 John 3:4
Sin is transgressing/breaking the laws of God.
He became puffed up with pride and declared himself the great I AM. Let us see when he instigated violence in heaven and was cast out.
Here he is with all his titles, the great dragon, old serpent, called the Devil and Satan. He and the angels he persuaded in heaven to rebel were not strong enough and were cast out to the earth. This was before man was created. Note he goes on to deceive the whole world. Let us go to the beginning of creation.
In the beginning God (from the root word Elohim a plural unity) there are two in the Godhead. God sets everything in place and makes man (specie) in is own image not kind. He gave man governance over the earth and sea. Genesis 1 is the blueprint then God brings it forth.
The only day set apart at creation was the 7th day called the Sabbath day. The Lord has given man seven thousand years to get himself right. This day represents the one thousand year of Christ which he calls his day of rest.
2 Peter 3:8-9
One day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. Seven days make a week but also a prophetic seven thousand years.
We are to strive to enter this rest, those to whom the gospel was first preached wouldn’t obey the word of God, so he appointed another day. It was Jesus in the first covenant or old testament as people like to call it who was with Israel who didn’t enter into rest because of rebellion.
Genesis 2:7-9, 15-18, 21-24
The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathe into him the breath of life and man became a living soul. The tree of life represents Jesus and the tree of knowledge represents Satan the Devil (serpent, the dragon) God commanded the man not to communicate with him.
Genesis 3:1-6 hold your spot
Satan didn’t approach the man, he went through his wife to persuade him to disobey the command of God and contradicts the word of God. The woman communicated with Satan, listened to him and took the information back to her husband who instead of correcting his wife went along with her. Let us check this out.
They ate the fruit of lies.
Genesis 3:12, 14-19, 22-24
God passes judgement. Their will be hostility between Satan and Israel through whom the savior of the world would come. Man will have to work hard for his living until he returns to the ground out of which he was taken. Man, in this corrupt state is prevented from becoming an immortal.
Cain killed his brother Abel because he served God faithfully and brought the best of what he had and was accepted. Cain offered God the leftovers and was rejected. God tried to correct his behavior, but he didn’t listen and murdered his brother, so God disinherited him.
Psalm 96:1, 7-8
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name, bring an offering and come into his courts. Does the Lord need anything from us?
The whole world belongs to God.
1 John 3:8, 4, 11-13
Satan sinned and then tricked man to sin and murdered the creation and entices people everyday to follow him in rebellion. Those who follow Satan always hate those who obey God.
1 John 4:4-10
The people of the world who don’t believe God speak about worldly things and have their ears and their hearts tuned to the things of the world and hear not God but hear Satan who deceiveth the whole world. Those who are of God hear when we speak the words of God. God is Love that is why he gave us good laws, statutes and commandments and gave his only begotten son to save us from this eternal death sentence.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16
God has given us his word, but the natural or carnal minded person who declares there is no God can’t receive the word of God because they are foolishness to him or her.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Genesis 5:1-5, 21-29
The generations of man, God makes a statement concerning Enoch to all mankind, obey me and have life eternal with me in my kingdom. Methuselah is the oldest living man on record at 969 years so man died on the same day he was created for we read in2 Peter 3:8-9
that a thousand years is a day with the Lord. Concerning Noah, we read that this same shall comfort us because of the ground which the Lord cursed because through his lineage was the savior going to come.
Genesis 6:1-3, 5-13, 17-18, 22
The whole earth was corrupt before God, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Genesis 7:1, 4-7, 11-12, 18-22
The Lord saw one righteous man and saved him and his family but all flesh in whom was the breath of life died.