The Father (God, the Father, Jehovah, The creator of Heaven and Earth, The great I AM)
It is difficult to put into words, any earthy comparison of God the Father. We know only what He tells us of Himself throughout the Bible.
He is huge: His hand spans the universe: (Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance?)
He is sensitive: He saves the tears of every one of His children in a bottle
He is omnipotent: He has knowledge of all events, nothing can be hidden from Him. He knows the future, and He knows the past. He knows your actions before you do them. He knows the thoughts of your heart. He can cause you or anyone, to follow His plans. And He can control all events simultaneously.
He created the heavens and the earth.
He is a jealous God. He will not allow His children to turn to false gods.
He is just and righteous (Visiting the iniquities of man to their third and fourth generations).
He is all powerful. Man and nature obey His every command.
He is patient.
He is love.
He protects His Children.
He is the great I AM. He is everything, to everyone who knows Him and calls on His name.
He is open to all who come to Him.
In the Bible is the story of the smallest group of people in History, through who, He chose to show Himself to the world. It started with a man, Abraham, Who's greatest attribute was his love for God. He made a man into a nation. God blessed Abraham and told him that from his seed he would make a nation, numbered as the stars in heaven.
Through Abraham came Isaac, and from Isaac came Jacob (Israel) and from Jacob came Joseph, one of the twelve sons (tribes of Israel). Through amazing events and trials, these people migrated from a place north-east of modern day Israel down into rich and lush Egypt. In Egypt and through many generations the nation of Israel (the Jewish Nation) grew to a point where they out numbered the land's original inhabitants, the Egyptians themselves. But these people were subjected to the tyranny and injustice of the Egyptians, and were treated as slaves and oppressed in the fields. Forced to labor hard and treated without decency. The people labored hard and grew stronger and larger in number. Even under this torment, the people were blessed by God, increasing in number and in strength. About this time, God used one of His people, Moses, to step up and lead the people out of the land of Egypt, from slavery to a Land flowing with milk and honey.
The Five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, describe these early days and the covenant that God entered into with this people. God gave the people the laws and statutes which He required of them. If they followed, then He promised to go before the people and bless their paths before them. He promised to bless their lives, and they would all be fruitful and multiply and live in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Going to Deuteronomy chapter 29. We can see where this new covenant was no longer just with the people of Israel, but this covenant was now open to those who were not there. This can be read as the new covenant which God later sealed with the world which all can enter into with Him, through the gift of His son Jesus.
Excerpts as stated in Deuteronomy 29: 1These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.
2Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land—3the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. 4Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. 5And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. 6You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God. 7And when you came to this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out against us to battle, and we conquered them. 8We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh. 9Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
10“All of you stand today before the LORD your God: your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11your little ones and your wives—also the stranger who is in your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water—12that you may enter into covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oath, which the LORD your God makes with you today, 13that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
14“I make this covenant and this oath, not with you alone, 15but with him who stands here with us today before the LORD our God, as well as with him who is not here with us today 16(for you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we came through the nations which you passed by, 17and you saw their abominations and their idols which were among them—wood and stone and silver and gold); 18so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood; 19and so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart’—as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
20“The LORD would not spare him; for then the anger of the LORD and His jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the LORD would blot out his name from under heaven. 21And the LORD would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law, 22so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the LORD has laid on it:
23‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’ 24All nations would say, ‘Why has the LORD done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’ 25Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt; 26for they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them. 27Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against this land, to bring on it every curse that is written in this book. 28And the LORD uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’
29“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Those who are called, are touched by the Spirit ( the Holy Spirit); And, they are revealed the nature of God. In the story above God continues to invite more to Him. To develop the story of Israel above, through the many generations in Egypt, many did not know the God of their fathers. The miracles performed before Moses, Pharaoh and the people; were performed to both get Pharaoh to release these slaves, and to encourage the people of Israel to leave the life they knew and follow God to the promised land. This holds true today for all who seek Him. Any captivity or bondage you are subject to, He is capable of freeing you of.
To this day, God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the Word (the bible) and His church (those who know Him and follow Him) continue to gather more, and call more into this everlasting covenant with Him. God promises life more abundantly in this world and throughout eternity in Heaven with Him. Ask Him today, in your heart, to reveal Himself to you. Begin to think of what miracle He could perform in your life. Don't ask immediately for the millions, but if their is something in your life or personality that you would like changed or are struggling with, ask Him for these personal changes. You will be amazed at just how far God will go to get you to come to Him. God gives to each man a portion. To those who do righteously with the portion given to him, they are given more, and to those who do not, even that portion that is given to them will be taken away and given to the first man who did righteously in the eyes of God. Ask Him to increase your faith, and see that you do righteously with the portion that He gives you. If you continue to follow Him and His laws soon you will find yourself as a vessel filled to overflowing, with blessings and life more abundantly, peace and security, filled with Love.
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