If you have to miss Bible Study this morning, or are following along from another city, here are the notes from today's class.
The Creator: Elohim
El – mighty or strong
Him – plural form
Elohim is the primary word translated “God” in the Old Testament
WHY WERE WE CREATED?
What did you learn about why you were created?
To glorify God-how did Kay define this:
To give the correct opinion or estimate of God
What does this look like in your life?
What if we really focused on this purpose. Many of us have often wondered what our purpose in life is. We have asked God, should I take this job, or move to this city, or a number of other questions. But here is the question we should really ask:
Does this decision help me give the correct opinion or estimate of God to those I will be interacting with in this situation?
This might reduce the stress we sometimes put on ourselves. If our main concern is glorifying God as we make decisions, our decisions would change. Can you imagine the impact on families, friends, co-workers and communities if we continually considered how we could glorify God with our actions?
Consider a situation you are currently praying about or thinking about, how would that situation or even that prayer change if you asked God to show you how you could glorify HIM in the situation?
Maybe there are daily habits that would change if we thought about how we could glorify God in everything.
This may seem a bit lofty, but if we get in the habit of asking God show us how to glorify Him as we go throughout our day, God will change our hearts.
Here's the deal, we aren't asking God to help us glorify Him so that people will think we are GOOD CHRISTIANS. We are doing it, because it is our purpose in life: IT IS WHAT GOD CREATED US FOR!
I think we can understand God's heart behind this if we look a little more intently on
HOW HE CREATED US!
HOW WERE WE CREATED?
Let's look at the verbs,
Knit, woven, formed, hemmed
God doesn't have a holy conveyor belt that slaps on a head, arms and legs to a body mold.
And he doesn't sit at a computer and choose from a finite number of eye choices.
He knit you!
He wove you together!
He formed you!
It was an intimate act! At the beginning of class we all shared something that we like to create. Think about what you like to create.
How do you feel when you are creating? When you get in “the zone”? What emotions do you feel when you are creating?
READ REVERSE VERSION OF PS139 – see page “Personalized Psalm 139”
When you hear Psalm 139 what comes to mind?
For me I often think back to being pregnant, and what God did inside of me. It is very sweet to reminisce about that time. But I want to challenge us, to go beyond the sweet memories.
However, today as we have looked at Why & How we were created, I think we would be amiss to not ask the next question:
WHAT DO WE DO AS A RESULT?
What do we do as a result of this knowledge?
I want to ask this question in light of Matthew 22:34-40
From Isaiah 43 we can see that God created us to bring glory to him. We can accomplish that by loving ourselves and others. And sometimes it is easier to love both of these people groups if we keep Psalm 139 in mind. Often times it is easy to love ourselves and others. But sometimes it is difficult. Sometimes we have people in our lives who were created a little differently that we would prefer, and maybe they annoy us.
One day my mom was talking to my nephew and he said, “Daddy said we drive him nuts, ‘what's nuts, Nanny?” Have you ever had someone drive you nuts?
Knowing we are to glorify God in all situations, and love others as we love ourselves, how do we deal with those it is difficult to love?
WE CAN'T LOVE THOSE IT IS DIFFICULT TO LOVE IF WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. YOU WILL NEVER LOOK IN THE EYES OF SOMEONE WHO WASN'T CREATED BY GOD LOVED BY GOD.
As we read the last challenge Jesus gave his disciples we realize that we aren't just to love these people, we are to love them as Christ loves them, so that they can enter into a relationship with Jesus. We are to disciple them. To help them grow in their faith.
Maybe the person who is difficult for you to love already knows Jesus. We need to understand that this person we created in the image of God, just like you were. That all the quirky things about them makes them unique. God created that person. So for you to insult that person, you are insulting the One who created him/her. I for one do not want to insult God and His creation.
Working through the homework this week helped me have more patience with loved ones, coworkers, friends and strangers, knowing that God knit them together too.
In those difficult moments we need to remember our memory verse for the week. Revelation 4:11.
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
This is true of every human being. This week read the personalized version of Psalm 139 and insert your name. Then read it again with the name of someone whom you find difficult to love.