Thursday, December 13, 2012

Exactly what is God the "God of"?


There is no doubt the God of the Bible is exactly who he says he is. But how do we inform ourselves of this? Through his Word, the Bible itself.  Therefore, it is time well spent to discover exactly what the Bible states God is the God of, using that exact "God of" word combination.

A Sovereign Lord of the Bible is the God of multiple finite things which we can have a freedom in mentioning. Those things could include internet communications, breakfast cereals and very small rocks (I had to throw that in!). Provided they are not said for comedic effect alone (Ahem), I have no problem with acknowledging these specific facts. God is certainly allowed to be God over ice cream cones, if it, in part, explains to a child how and what God has control of/over. But describing God based upon our solo thoughts outside of scripture is a foolish and self-imposed poverty. Furthermore, it is idolatry with the severest consequences (1 Kings 20:28). The Bible MUST inform our knowledge of God.


Describing God how the scripture defines him is the starting and ending point for any honorable description of Him. So, I used my search tools for the phrase "God of" in my ESV bible to discover precisely what God is the” God of”. Granted, there is other phraseology that does describe God in the Bible, but as I said, this is a decent starting point. Even though we cannot know all things of our limitless God, these results do tell us something of God's command and connection to his people. This effort was triggered by a study of Romans 15, which has three instances which God is "God of" that got my wheels turning. Of the over 400 instances, here are several noteworthies:

God is the God of Shem. (Genesis 9:26) (This is the first instance I stumbled across. God, indeed, is the God of many other individuals in the OT (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), but this was noteworthy because of it's location in scripture-which does not indicate preeminence here-and also an introduction to God's personal nature with his creation)
God is the God of seeing (Genesis 16:13)
God is the God of heaven and the God of earth (Genesis 24:3)
God is the God of Bethel (Genesis 31:13)
God is the God of my master Abraham (Genesis 24:12)
God is the God of Abraham your father (Genesis 26:24)
God is the God of my father (Genesis 31:5)
God is the God of your father (Genesis 31:29)
God is the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father (Genesis 31:53)
God is the God of your fathers (Exodus 3:13)
God is the God of the Hebrews (Exodus 3:18)
God is the God of their fathers (Exodus 4:5)
God is the God of Israel (Exodus 24:10)
God is the God of the spirits of all flesh (Numbers 16:22)
God is the God of gods (Deuteronomy 10:17)
God is the God of our fathers (Deuteronomy 26:7)
God is a God of faithfulness (Deuteronomy 32:4)
God is a God of knowledge (1 Samuel 2:3)
God is the God of the armies of Israel (1 Samuel 17:45)
God is the God of hosts (2 Samuel 5:10)
God is the God of Jacob (2 Samuel 23:1)
God is the God of my lord the king (1 Kings 1:36)
God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (1 Kings 18:36)
God is the God of David your father (2 Kings 20:5)
God is the God of our salvation (1 Chronicles 16:35)
God is the God of David your father (2 Chronicles 21:12)
God is the God of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 32:19)
God is the God of my righteousness (Psalm 4:1)
God is the God of my salvation (Psalm 18:46)
God is the God of glory (Psalm 29:3)
God is the God of my life (Psalm 42:8)
God is a God of salvation (Psalm 68:20)
God is the God of vengeance (Psalm 94:1)
God is the God of my praise (Psalm 109:1)
God is the God of your salvation (Isaiah 17:10)
God is the God of the whole earth (Isaiah 54:5)
God is the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16)
God is the God of all the clans of Israel (Jeremiah 31:1)
God is a God of recompense (Jeremiah 51:56)
God is the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:28)
God is the God of Daniel (Daniel 6:26)
God is the God of justice (Malachi 2:17)
God is the God of the living (Matthew 22:32)
God is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers (Acts 3:13)
God is the God of this people Israel (Acts 13:17)
God is the God of the Jews and the God of the Gentiles (Romans 3:29)
God is the God of endurance and encouragement (Romans 15:5)
God is the God of hope (Romans 15:13)
God is the God of peace (Romans 15:33)
God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:3)
God is the God of love and peace (2 Corinthians 13:11)
God is the God of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:17)
God is the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10)
God is the God of the spirits of the prophets (Revelation 22:6)

This is quite a list that contains some wordy and Bibley words. God is the God of big and small things. God is the God of groups and individuals. God is the God of ideas and realities. He is the God of many things, yet a God of such specific things. It would seem that these variances are the point. God is the God of somethings, someones and somewheres because he is the God of everything, everyone and everywhere. Whatever else you notice, that fact would be tough to miss.

God is the God over all. We have to be careful to let our scriptural knowledge of him inform our experience, rather than the other way around. It's altogether right to defer to God's description of himself, not our ideas Him based upon misunderstandings. Furthermore, we can state these things of God with confidence, because the Bible teaches us that "all your words are true." (Psalm 119:160) Shine in darkness.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I love lists. I can't wait to take some time to break this down. Thanks for sharing your work on this subject. Also, great use of the word "Bibely." :)

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