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Do you know God?
....i Was Just Wondering?
How do you trust in something that you don't see?
"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:8
God is right beside you, right now at this very moment.
3 Characteristics of God
There are three very unique and extremely distinct characteristics about God, that I find extraordinary and fascinating!
1. God is omnipresent: He is everywhere at the same time.
- "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3
- "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there, Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. Psalms 139:7
- "Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off?" Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?" declares the LORD, "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD." Jeremiah 23:23
2. God is omniscient: He is "all-knowing," "all-seeing," "all-wise".
- “Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” Isaiah 40:13
- “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you." Psalm 139:15
- "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33
3. God is omnipotent: He has unlimited power, able to do anything.
- “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1: 18
- “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5
- “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Greek Word for Accuse
Kategoreo: to be a plaintiff, to charge with some offense
Who is the accuser?
- a person who claims that someone has committed an offense or done something wrong."I dislike any law that puts the burden of proof on the accused rather than the accuser"
"For the accuser of our brothers and sisters...has been hurled down."— Revelation 12:10
Who is this "Accuser"?
This awesome recording is captured in I Kings the 19th chapter of the Bible. Queen Jezebel has just been updated with the breaking news about Elijah!
The story begins here....
Ahab finally caught up to Elijah after all this time.
Ahab calls to Elijah, "Is that you, oh destroyer of Israel?"
Elijah replies, "I have not destroyed Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you have abandoned the LORD's commands and followed the Baals (a pagan god that the LORD's people were to avoid at all costs).
Call all the people of Israel!
Call 450 prophets of Baal
Call 400 prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel's table!
So, Ahab did as Elijah requested.
When all of Israel arrived, Elijah asks......
"How long will you hesitate between two opinions?
If Yahweh is God, follow Him. But if Baal, follow him.
But the people didn't answer him a word.
Then Elijah said to the people..."THE GOD WHO ANSWERS WITH FIRE, HE IS GOD!"
Apparently the 400 prophets of Asherah didn't even bother to show up, so this would be between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal.
"Let two bulls be given to us." So, Elijah took one bull and the prophets of Baal took the other. Baal's prophets took the bull and prepared it for the morning offering. The story notes that the 450 prophets of Baal began to cry out from morning til around noontime; they danced and hobbled around the altar, but their was no answer from their god, Baal.
At noon, Elijah begins to taunt the prophets of Baal because their god has not answered.
"Shout loudly, for he's a god! Maybe he's thinking it over; maybe he has wandered away; or maybe he's on the road. Perhaps he's sleeping and will wake up!
The prophets of Baal began shouting loudly and cutting themselves with knives and spears, as was their custom, until blood gushed over them. All afternoon they kept on raving until the offering of the evening sacrifice, but there was no sound; no one answered; no one paid attention.
The Altar of God was torn down...
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near me." So all the people approached him.
The altar apparently had been destroyed and torn down. Elijah quietly began to repair the LORD's altar in front of all the people. He took 12 stones, one for each of the children of Israel. He made a trench around the altar, deep enough to hold 4 gallons of water. He then cut the bull into pieces and placed it on the altar and he said to someone, Pour a gallon of water over the entire sacrifice. They did it and he said, "Do it again." They did it a second time. He said, "Do it a third time and they did as he commanded.
The water then began overflowing into the trenches and Elijah talks to the LORD and says,
"Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, I am your servant, and that at Your word I have done all these things. Answer me, LORD! Answer me so that this people will know that You, Yahweh, are God and that You have turned their hearts back!
Then Yahweh's fire fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench!
When all the people saw it, they fell face down and said, "YAHWEH, HE IS GOD! YAHWEH, HE IS GOD!
Victory for Elijah!
"seize the Prophets of Baal! Do Not Let Not Even One of Them Escape!
So, they seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the Wadi Kishon and slaughtered them there.
Oh My! Elijah kills all of the prophets!
Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a rainstorm."
Why was the rainstorm so important? Well, I'm glad you asked! Elijah prayed and asked the LORD to stop the rain on the land for three years and the LORD stopped the rain. James 5:17 records it like this:
"The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit."
Now, to tie it all together, I Kings 18:1 says, "After a long time, the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year. Go and present yourself to Ahab, I will send rain on the surface of the land, so Elijah went to present himself to Ahab."
It's not recorded if the LORD told Elijah to call the prophets of Baal & Asherah and do this whole sacrifice ordeal, but what we do know is that God did indeed answer Elijah with fire from Heaven that consumed the entire offering and everything that was around it, to include the dust particles. The LORD was not playing any games, He wanted the people to know who the True and Living God was, and His name was introduced to them this day as Yahweh meaning "I am Who I am."
OK, so....the test is over, the prophets are all dead and Ahab has went back to tell his wife, Jezebel everything that just happened. Now, also keep in mind that Jezebel and the prophets of Baal are recorded in scripture to eat at the same table, which would have meant that Jezebel worshiped the Baal gods. She is so furious that she threatens Elijah. She sends a messenger to Elijah saying,
"May the gods punish me and do so severely if I don't make your life (Elijah) like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow!" So, she basically puts a hit out on Elijah and threatens to kill him.
How do you think he responds after this tremendous victory?
Oh, what would you do?
Jezebel threatens to kill Elijah because he killed the prophets of Baal....what do you think was his immediate response was?
Elijah was afraid and immediately ran for his life!
He left his servant at Beer-sheba that belonged to Judah, and went on a day's journey into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He said, "I have had enough! LORD, take my life, for I'm no better than my fathers. Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree.
The broom tree represented restoration or renewal and a new freshness; what is faded or disinegrated is made whole. (Roth, 2012)
Suddenly, an angel touched him. The angel told him, "Get up and eat." Then he looked, and there at his head was a loaf of bread baked over hot stones, and a jug of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. He was so exhausted that he could barely finish the bread and water, he was nodding off again and the angel returned for a second time and touched him again. "Get up and eat - or - the journey will be too much for you."
The angel was sent by God to strengthen Elijah for what was still up ahead of him. He thinks that he is escaping the hands of the Queen, yet, he doesn't realize that he is falling into the hands of the Living God!
He's getting prepared for his next assignment!
So, he got up, ate, and drank.
Then on the strength from that food, he walked 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, The mountain of God.
He entered a cave there and spent the night.
Then the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him,
"What are you doing here, Eliah?"
The LORD says, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the LORD's presence."
At that moment, the LORD passed by. A great and might wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
He repeats his same answer as before and the LORD commands him to go back the same way he came and when he gets back to the wilderness, he is to annoint 3 people, Hazael as KIng over Aram, Jehu as King over Israel, and Elisha as prophet in place of Elijah. And he does as the LORD commands.
What is God telling you to do?