Thursday, March 1, 2018

In the book of Isaiah, the prophet compares Yahweh to the false gods.  He shows how ridiculous it is to worship a god made of wood, stone, or metal.  He asks what can they do?  He challenges the idols to give a history lesson from the past or predict the future.  Then, he shows what Yahweh has done and what He says about future events!  Isaiah gives a detailed description of Israel’s future one hundred and fifty years in the future!  He also gives more passages than any other prophet concerning the coming Messiah.

Jesus comes to reveal Yahweh to the world.  He told the Samaritan woman, “God is spirit” (John 4:24 ASV-NIV).  What does “spirit” look like?  When you pray to the Father, what do you envision?  God is not finite material!  So, what do you see?  Do you picture nothing?  If you picture something finite, is that Yahweh?  If you picture something less than the infinite Yahweh, wouldn’t that be the path chosen by idol worshipers?  You do it mentally, they had the mental thought made into wood, stone, or metal.

Even scripture paints a finite frame for us to attach God’s picture to.  John 1:1 refers to the Messiah as “the Word.”  If God speaks, we visualize a mouth!  In the Garden, Adam and Eve “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden” (Genesis 3:8).  If God “walks,” wouldn’t one picture moving legs and feet?  Giving God human attributes is called anthromorphism.   It is inspirations way of revealing God’s attributes through language we can understand.  Yet, it is finite language to describe an infinite God.

Philip approached Jesus with, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied” (John 14:8).   Jesus’ reply was, “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (v.9).  Was Jesus saying the Father and he were identical twins as far as their “looks” were concerned?  Or, was he saying their spiritual attributes were identical?  Before the man named Jesus was given a name or conceived in the womb of Mary, he was “the Word was God” (John 1:1).  As a man he had given up his previous form (Philippians 2:6-8; John 1:14).  He became a servant or doulos, which may be translated as “slave.”

Before Stephen died, he stated, “‘Look, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’” (Acts 7:56).  Two things are revealed.  First, Jesus is standing near God.  Second, even this sight is wrapped in finite terms.  Is Yahweh limited to having a left and right side for Jesus to be standing to one side of Him?  Or is what Stephen saw revealed to him in finite terms which he can understand and describe?  Apparently, Jesus is in human form for Stephen to identify him.  Yet, Yahweh is not in human form.  Yahweh is spirit.  Since Jesus was the Word of God prior to the miraculous conception and birth, is he not now that same Word?  He is no longer a “servant” (Philippians 2:7 – doulos).  Yet, he has a glorified body that Stephen can see and identify.  Is the Word of God limited to a human, finite body?  Yahweh God is spirit.  The Holy Spirit is spirit.  Are there two spirits, one Holy and Yahweh who is spirit but without the “Holy” epitaph??  Is the Holy Spirit not Yahweh God (Acts 5:3-4)?  Paul told the Ephesians, “There is one body and one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4).

Yahweh is greater than our finite words.  He is beyond describing in our human language.  He does not have literal human limbs nor human limitations as we do.  He is Spirit!  So, when you pray to Him, what do you see?