THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 9-17-17

LESSON TITLE: “THE GREATEST BEING”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO GOD. THANKS FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US! AS ALWAYS, IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE TO OUR GOD AND TO STUDY FROM HIS PERFECT WORD! I HOPE EACH OF US WILL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW, LET’S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN, TO BE YOUR SERVANTS. AND FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS ACCORDING TO THE BOOK, THE BIBLE, AS YOU HAVE DIRECTED US THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT, THAT WE MIGHT BE BLESSED TODAY AND ULTIMATELY BLESSED ETERNALLY. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS BECAUSE, FATHER, WE KNOW THAT THROUGH JESUS ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. AND FATHER, WE PRAY THIS PRAYER THIS TIME IN HIS WONDROUS NAME AMEN.

MOST OF US ARE NOT TOO CRAZY ABOUT GOING TO THE DOCTOR. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU REALLY GET SICK OR IN NEED OF MEDICINE, WE ALL GIVE IN AND TRY TO GET SOME HELP TO FEEL BETTER. IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE, WE ALSO SOMETIME NEED A DOCTOR. THE GREAT NEWS IS, WE HAVE A PERFECT PHYSICIAN WHO ALWAYS KNOWS WHAT’S RIGHT, WHO WILL ALWAYS GIVE US A GOOD DIAGNOSIS, AND HIS MEDICINE WILL ALWAYS HEAL US. THIS MORNING, OUR FIRST SONG FOCUSES ON THE GREATEST PHYSICIAN KNOWN TO MAN. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “THE GREAT PHYSICIAN!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I WAS READING IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION THE OTHER DAY AND I CAME TO A VERSE WHICH REMINDED ME OF THE MAGNIFICENCE OF GOD. IN CHAPTER 22:13, THE INSPIRED JOHN SAID, “I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE FIRST AND THE LAST.” THINK ABOUT THE ALL ENCOMPASSING WORDS USED HERE IN THIS VERSE. THEY REFLECT SOME VERY IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

NOTICE HERE THAT CHRIST IS MENTIONED TO BE THE VERY FIRST AND THE VERY LAST, AND THE BEGINNING AND THE END. IN OTHER WORDS, HE IS EVERYTHING FROM START TO FINISH. I THINK THIS IS WHAT DAVID HAD IN MIND IN PSALM 41, WHEN HE SAID, “BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING! AMEN AND AMEN,” VERSE 13. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS GREAT MAN OF GOD REALIZED EXACTLY WHO GOD WAS. BUT YOU MIGHT WONDER, WHAT DOES THIS BEGINNING OR EVERLASTING MEAN. WELL AGAIN, DAVID CONSIDERS THIS IN PSALM 8:23, WHERE HE SAYS, FROM EVERLASTING MEANS, “FROM THE BEGINNING, BEFORE THERE WAS EVER AN EARTH.”

THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS ALSO DEALT WITH THIS TOPIC AS THEY TRIED TO HELP GOD’S FOLLOWERS UNDERSTAND THE EVERLASTINGNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. IN JOHN 1:1-2, WE READ, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD.” VERSE THREE GOES ON TO SAY, “ALL THINGS WERE MADE THROUGH HIM, AND WITHOUT HIM NOTHING WAS MADE THAT WAS MADE.” THIS CLEARLY TELLS US THAT OUR EVERLASTING JESUS WAS IN THE BEGINNING AS GOD, WITH THE FATHER GOD!

ANOTHER WORD WHICH HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND THIS SAME CONCEPT IN ETERNAL! NOTICE WHAT PAUL SAID IN 1 TIMOTHY 1:17, “NOW TO THE KING ETERNAL, IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, TO GOD WHO ALONE IS WISE, BE HONOR AND GLORY FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN.” AGAIN WE FIND THAT THE FATHER AND SON ARE EQUALLY ETERNAL OR EVERLASTING, WITH NO BEGINNING AND NO END.

NOW WE NEED TO MENTION THE THIRD PERSONALITY OF GOD, BECAUSE THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD AND IS ETERNAL. READ WITH ME IF YOU WILL FROM HEBREWS 9:14, THERE IT SAYS, “HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, WHO THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT OFFERED HIMSELF WITHOUT SPOT TO GOD, CLEANSE YOUR CONSCIENCE FROM DEAD WORKS TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD?” IT IS CLEAR IN THIS VERSE THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS LIKEWISE ETERNAL AND CONSIDERED AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE GOD HEAD.

SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHO OUR GOD REALLY IS AND WHAT HE IS ALL ABOUT, WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT HE IS TRULY ETERNAL AND EVERLASTING WITHOUT BEGINNING AND WITHOUT END. ONLY GOD COULD HAVE THIS CHARACTERISTIC WHICH MAKES HIM STAND OUT ABOVE ALL ELSE THAT WE HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU READ FROM VERSES LIKE MATTHEW 28:19, WHICH GIVES US THE GREAT COMMISSION, REMEMBER THE FACT THAT THIS GOD WHO SAVES US IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIND AND AWESOME ONE. THAT’S WHY JESUS SAID, “GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” HAVE YOU OBEYED HIS WILL OR ARE YOU READY TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT TODAY?

TODAY WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED “THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY WILL FOCUS ON “THE GREATEST BEING.” SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES AND WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN. BROTHER BRENT IS THE MINISTER FOR THE HWY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BOLIVAR, MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR MAIN THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY.”

LESSON

BRENT GREEN

WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE IT IS AS ALWAYS TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THE WORD OF GOD AND STUDY IT. I WANT TO BEGIN IN PSALM 126 IN VERSE THREE WHERE WE READ THE FOLLOWING, IT SAYS, “THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US, AND WE ARE GLAD.” AS WE BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT SOME NEW IDEAS HERE ON THE PROGRAM ABOUT GOD'S WORD, WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US. AND REALLY THAT'S WHAT THE PSALMIST THERE REMINDS US OF, OF ALL THE GREAT THINGS OF GOD.

YOU MIGHT THINK FOR A MOMENT FROM CREATION ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE END OF THE NEW TESTAMENT WE SEE THE GREAT THINGS THAT GOD RECORDED FOR US THERE IN THE SCRIPTURE. THE AMAZING IDEAS THERE THAT WE FIND IN GENESIS CHAPTER 12 WHERE GOD SPOKE LIFE INTO EXISTENCE, THE MIRACLES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND OF THE NEW AND ALL THE AMAZING THINGS WE READ ABOUT, ALL SPEAK OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT GOD HAS DONE ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE GLAD BECAUSE OF THAT. AS WE THINK ABOUT THESE GREAT THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US, THEY COULD'NT HAVE BEEN DONE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE GREATEST BEING: GOD HIMSELF. AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE WANT TO CONSIDER AT THE TIME ABOUT HOW GREAT GOD IS IN ORDER THAT HE CAN GIVE US SUCH GREAT THINGS IN OUR LIVES AND AS WE THINK ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE THROUGHOUT TIME.

CONSIDER, IF YOU WOULD FOR A MOMENT, THAT GOD IS UNIQUE. THERE IS NO GOD LIKE HIM. THE FACT IS HE IS THE ONLY GOD. FOR SOMETHING TO BE UNIQUE IT MEANS HE'S ONE-OF-A-KIND. MANY OTHER RELIGIONS TODAY WOULD SPEAK OF OTHER GODS. AND EVEN THE BIBLE WE MIGHT READ ABOUT THE GODS THAT OTHERS WORSHIP THERE. BUT AS WE THINK ABOUT THE REALITY OF WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES, THERE'S ONLY ONE GOD AND THAT MAKES HIM UNIQUE. AND AS THAT UNIQUE ONE TRUE GOD, HE IS THE GREATEST BEING THAT THERE IS. AND THAT SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT'S REASSURING TO US. AND WE MIGHT CONSIDER EVEN FURTHER AT THIS TIME, WHAT IT IS THAT REALLY MAKES GOD LIKE NO OTHER GOD. THERE ARE SEVERAL EXAMPLES IN THE SCRIPTURE THAT I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO THINK ABOUT THAT REALLY MAKES THIS POINT. ONE IS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS, EXODUS CHAPTER 8. HERE THE SCENE IS THAT IN WHICH THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT ARE WELL UNDERWAY. AND ONE OF THE PLAGUES HERE WAS THE PLAGUE OF THE FROGS. AND OF COURSE, THE TIME CAME FOR PHARAOH TO FINALLY COME TO MOSES. AND HE SAID, ‘YOU KNOW, DO SOMETHING TO GET RID OF THESE FROGS.’ AND SO MOSES TOLD PHARAOH, ‘WELL, YOU PICK THE TIME.’ AND PHARAOH SAID TOMORROW. EXODUS CHAPTER 8 IN VERSE 10, THIS IS WHAT WE READ, IT SAYS, “SO HE SAID, ‘TOMORROW.’” (THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF PHARAOH), “AND HE SAID, ‘LET IT BE ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD, THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT THERE IS NO ONE LIKE THE LORD OUR GOD.” SO WHEN TOMORROW CAME THE FROGS OF THAT PLAGUE WERE TAKEN AWAY. AND WHAT WOULD THAT PROVE? THAT THERE WAS NO GOD LIKE "THE GOD". YOU SEE, THE GODS OF EGYPT COULDN'T TAKE THE FROGS AWAY. THEY HAD NO POWER BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T REAL. BUT THE STATEMENT THERE: THERE IS NO GOD LIKE GOD. WHY? BECAUSE HE'S THE ONLY TRUE GOD. BECAUSE HE IS THE GOD WHO IS THE GREATEST BEING.

JUST A FEW CHAPTERS OVER IN EXODUS, ALSO THERE IN EXODUS CHAPTER 15, WE FIND THIS STATEMENT AFTER THIS DELIVERANCE THAT GOD PROVIDES FOR HIS PEOPLE, THE SONG OF MOSES AS HE RECORDED. AND THESE ARE THE WORDS WE FIND IN EXODUS CHAPTER 15 VERSE 11. IT SAYS, “WHO IS LIKE YOU, O LORD, AMONG THE GODS? WHO IS LIKE YOU, GLORIOUS IN HOLINESS, FEARFUL IN PRAISES, DOING WONDERS?” WELL, THE QUESTIONS ARE ASKED AND THE ANSWER IS THERE IS NO GOD LIKE GOD ALMIGHTY! HE IS INDEED THE GREATEST BEING! AND SO THE TIME OF MOSES, WHEN ISRAEL WAS IN EGYPT, GOD WAS THE GREATEST BEING. THERE WAS NO GOD LIKE GOD THAT HISTORY WOULD CONTEND IN THE OLD TESTAMENT FOR THE NEXT 40 YEARS AS ISRAEL WAS THERE IN THE WILDERNESS. GOD BROUGHT THEM OUT OF EGYPT, HE GAVE THEM HIS LAW THERE ON MOUNT SINAI, AND TOOK CARE OF THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR TIME OF WILDERNESS WANDERINGS. HE PROVIDED FOOD AND WATER AND EVEN CLOTHES THAT WOULD NOT WEAR OUT. AS YOU THINK ABOUT THE GOD WHO TOOK CARE OF THAT, HE AGAIN IS KNOWN TO BE THE GREATEST GOD BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER LIKE HIM WHO COULD TAKE CARE OF HIS PEOPLE IN SUCH A WAY.

MOSES, AS HE WOULD DELIVER HIS FINAL MESSAGE OR ONE OF HIS FINAL MESSAGES BEFORE HIS DEATH, SPOKE THESE WORDS ABOUT GOD IN DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 33. WE WANT TO LOOK AT THEM THERE TO SEE WHAT IT IS AGAIN THAT IS SAID ABOUT GOD IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHO HE IS COMPARED TO ANY OTHER BEING. IN DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 33. AND THE WORDS STAND OUT BECAUSE AGAIN THEY IDENTIFIED THAT'S THERE'S ONLY ONE GOD AND THAT HE IS THE GREATEST GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DOES. DEUTERONOMY 33 BEGINNING IN VERSE 26. IT SAYS OF GOD:

THERE IS NO ONE LIKE THE GOD OF JESHRUN, WHO RIDES THE HEAVENS TO HELP YOU, AND IN HIS EXCELLENCY ON THE CLOUDS. THE ETERNAL GOD IS YOUR REFUGE, AND UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS; HE WILL THRUST OUT THE ENEMY FROM BEFORE YOU, AND…I WILL SAY OR… HE WILL SAY ‘DESTROY!’ THAT ISRAEL SHALL DWELL IN SAFETY, THE FOUNTAIN OF JACOB ALONE, AND THE LAND OF GRAIN NEW WINE; HIS HEAVENS SHALL ALSO DROP DEW. HAPPY ARE YOU, O ISRAEL! WHO IS LIKE YOU, A PEOPLE SAVED BY THE LORD. THE SHIELD OF YOUR HELP AND THE SWORD OF YOUR MAJESTY! YOUR ENEMIES SHALL SUBMIT TO YOU, AND YOU SHALL TREAD DOWN THEIR HIGH PLACES.”

AND MOSES' WORDS THERE IN HIS LESSON, HE'S REMINDING ISRAEL OF HOW GREAT GOD WAS AND OF ALL THAT HE HAD DONE FOR THEM. HOW INDEED HE IS THE ONE WHO RIDES ON THE HEAVENS, THE IDEA THERE THAT HE'S ABOVE ALL. THE IDEA ALSO THAT HE SAVED HIS PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. GOD, THERE IS NO OTHER LIKE HIM. AND THAT'S THE LESSON MOSES WAS TRYING TO TEACH ISRAEL. AND BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOD LIKE GOD, HE IS THE GREATEST BEING, THE TRUE GOD.

ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE IS WHAT WE FIND IN RELATIONSHIP TO HANNAH IN THE BOOK OF FIRST SAMUEL CHAPTER 1. HANNAH BELIEVED IN THE ONE TRUE GOD, THE VERY GOD WE ARE SPEAKING OF. BUT SHE LONGED TO HAVE A BABY, PARTICULARLY A MALE CHILD, A SON THAT SHE COULD GIVE AS AN HEIR TO HER HUSBAND. BUT YET SHE WAS BARREN. AND SHE PRAYED VERY DEEPLY THAT SHE WOULD HAVE A SON. AND SHE PRAYED TO GOD, THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD TO GIVE HER THAT SON. AND OF COURSE, HE GRANTED HER HER REQUEST. AND SHE KEPT HER PROMISE THAT SHE HAD MADE TO GOD IF GOD WOULD GIVE HER SON THAT SHE WOULD GIVE THAT SON BACK TO GOD, THAT HE MIGHT LIVE HIS LIFE IN SERVICE TO THAT GOD ALMIGHTY. AND WHAT SHE SAYS IN HER PRAYER IN FIRST JAMES IN CHAPTER 2 STANDS OUT BECAUSE SHE ACKNOWLEDGES THE VERY THING WE SEE WITH MOSES. THE VERY THING THAT WE SEE ALREADY THERE WITH THE NATION OF ISRAEL. IS WHAT WE FIND THERE IN FIRST SAMUEL CHAPTER 2 IN HER PRAYER THAT AGAIN ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD, THE GREATEST BEING! FIRST SAMUEL CHAPTER 2 THERE IN VERSE TWO WE FIND THESE WORDS. IT SAYS, “’NO ONE IS LIKE THE LORD, FOR THERE IS NONE BESIDE YOU NOR IS THERE ANY ROCK LIKE OUR GOD.’” WHAT IS IT THAT HANNAH PRAYS IN RESPONSE TO WHAT GOD HAD BLESSED HER WITH? THAT GREAT PRAYER ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE'S NO ONE LIKE GOD. WHO ELSE COULD GIVE HANNAH A MALE SON, A CHILD THAT SHE COULD GIVE TO HER HUSBAND AS AN HEIR FOR THE FAMILY? SHE HAD BEEN BARREN FOR YEARS BUT BY THE POWER OF GOD SHE WAS ABLE TO CONCEIVE. AND SO AGAIN WE SEE THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THERE IS NO ONE LIKE GOD BECAUSE HE IS THE GREATEST BEING TO PROVIDE SUCH FOR A WOMAN LIKE HANNAH.

GOD ALSO IS KNOWN TO BE THE ONLY GOD IN THE LIFE OF DAVID. IF YOU THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT GOD DID FOR DAVID. HE HELPED DAVID TO SLAY THE GIANT GOLIATH. HE ACTUALLY THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE AND MAYBE EVEN AT TIMES BEFORE GOLIATH AND TIMES AFTER HE HELPED DAVID OUT. WHETHER IT WAS FROM WILD ANIMALS OR EVEN FROM GETTING AWAY FROM KING SAUL, THERE ARE MANY OCCASIONS IN WHICH DAVID ESCAPED BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM. FURTHERMORE, HOW WAS DAVID EVEN ABLE TO CONQUER ALL OF HIS ENEMIES HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR GOD? GOD THE GREATEST BEING WAS PROVIDING SUCH FOR HIS SERVANT DAVID TO ALLOW HIM TO HAVE THE VICTORIES AND TO SPARE HIS LIFE TIME AND AGAIN. AND WHAT WE UNDERSTAND IS THAT IN SECOND SAMUEL IN CHAPTER 7 THAT GOD MADE SOME GREAT PROMISES TO DAVID. AND THERE WE SEE THAT GOD PROMISED DAVID THAT HE WAS GOING TO MAKE HIS DESCENDENTS TO CONTINUE TO SIT ON THE THRONE, THAT HE WOULD MAKE HIM A HOUSE THAT WAS ENDURING, A RULING DYNASTY EVEN ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR HIS SON TO BUILD THE TEMPLE. AND IN A RESPONSE TO THE PROMISES THAT GOD GIVES DAVID, WE FIND THESE WORDS IN SECOND SAMUEL CHAPTER 7 BEGINNING IN VERSE 18. THIS IS DAVID'S THANKSGIVING TO GOD.

IT SAYS, “KING DAVID WENT IN AND SAT BEFORE THE KING; AND SAID: ‘WHO AM I, O LORD?’…OR HE SAT BEFORE GOD WHO IS THE ULTIMATE KING AND SAID TO HIM…‘WHO AM I, O LORD GOD? AND WHAT IS MY HOUSE, THAT YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME THIS FAR? AND YET, THIS IS A SMALL THING IN YOUR SIGHT, O LORD GOD; AND YOU'VE ALSO SPOKEN OF YOUR SERVANT'S HOUSE FOR A GREAT WHILE TO COME. IS THIS THE MANNER OF MAN, O LORD GOD? NOW WHAT MORE CAN I, DAVID, SAY TO YOU? FOR YOU, LORD GOD, KNOW YOUR SERVANTS. FOR YOUR WORD’S SAKE AND ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN HEART, YOU HAVE DONE ALL THESE GREAT THINGS TO MAKE YOUR SERVANT KNOW THEM. THEREFORE, YOU ARE GREAT, O LORD GOD. FOR THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU, NOR IS THERE ANY GOD BESIDES YOU, ACCORDING TO ALL THAT WE HAVE HEARD WITH OUR EARS.’”

DAVID SAYS OF GOD, ‘GOD, YOU'VE DONE GREAT THINGS.’ DAVID WOULDN'T BE IN THAT POSITION THAT HE WAS IN AS KING HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR GOD. DAVID COULD COUNT ALL OF HIS BLESSINGS KNOWING THAT GOD HAD BROUGHT HIM THUS FAR AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE WITH HIM. HE SAYS, ‘GOD, YOU'VE DONE GREAT THINGS BECAUSE THERE'S NOBODY LIKE YOU. NO BEING.’ WHY? BECAUSE GOD IS THE GREATEST GOD.

WE MIGHT ALSO THINK OF DAVID'S SON SOLOMON. SOLOMON, OF COURSE HAD SO MANY THINGS GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD. FROM HIS WISDOM, TO HIS RICHES, TO THE EXPANSE OF HIS KINGDOM, BOTH THE NORTH AND SOUTH, SOLOMON CONTROLLED A GREATER PORTION THAN ALL OF ISRAEL HAD EVER CONTROLED DURING HIS REIGN. GOD DID ALL THOSE THINGS FOR KING SOLOMON. HE EVEN ALLOWED HIM TO BUILD THE TEMPLE, THE GREATEST STRUCTURE THERE OF THE ANCIENT NATION OF ISRAEL, WHERE THEY COULD COME AND WORSHIP GOD, WHERE GOD'S PRESENCE WOULD DWELL THERE IN THE MOST HOLY PLACE. WE UNDERSTAND OF ALL THAT GOD DID FOR SOLOMON. BUT I WANT YOU TO THINK AGAIN ABOUT THE WORDS THAT ARE SPOKEN ABOUT GOD CONCERNING ALL THESE THINGS. WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF FIRST KINGS, FIRST KINGS CHAPTER 8 IN VERSE 23, SOLOMON WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE VERY SAME LESSON WE'VE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN SO FAR. FIRST KINGS CHAPTER 8 IN VERSE 23 SOLOMON SAID, “’THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, THERE IS NO GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE OR ON EARTH BELOW LIKE YOU, WHO KEEP YOUR COVENANT AND MERCY WITH YOUR SERVANTS WHO WALK BEFORE YOU WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS.’” AS GOD'S PEOPLE SERVE HIM AND LIVE FOR HIM, GOD BLESSES THEM. GOD IS THERE FOR THEM, GOD HELPS THEM AND PROTECTS THEM. AND SOLOMON ACKNOWLEDGES ACCORDINGLY THAT THERE IS NO GOD, NO OTHER GOD WHO COULD DO SUCH BECAUSE GOD AGAIN IS THE GREATEST BEING. GOD: THERE IS NO GOD LIKE HIM. NO GOD THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE, THERE IS NO MAN ON THE FACE THE EARTH PAST OR PRESENT OR WILL EVER BE WHO COULD EVER COMPARE TO GOD. THERE IS NO OTHER GOD WHOSE NAMES AND WHATEVER RELIGION THAT MIGHT BE THAT WOULD BEGIN TO COMPARE TO GOD ALMIGHTY BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD. AND HE IS INDEED THE GREATEST BEING THAT THERE EVER HAS BEEN THERE EVER IS PRESENTLY AND THAT THERE EVER WILL BE. AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE AS WE'VE SEEN THESE EXAMPLES.

I WANT TO DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO SOME WORDS THAT MIGHT HELP US TO UNDERSTAND AS WE BRING THESE IDEAS TOGETHER SPEAKING ABOUT JUST HOW GREAT GOD IS. ONE SUCH PASSAGE IS THERE IN PSALM 89. THE PSALMIST HERE DECLARES IN A GREATER EXTENT JUST HOW GREAT GOD IS. PSALM 89 BEGINNING IN VERSE FIVE SAYS,

“THE HEAVENS WILL PRAISE YOUR WONDERS, O LORD. YOUR FAITHFULNESS ALSO AN ASSEMBLY OF THE SAINTS. FOR WHO IN THE HEAVENS CAN BE COMPARED TO THE LORD? WHO AMONG THE SONS OF THE MIGHTY CAN BE LIKENED TO THE LORD? GOD IS GREATLY TO BE FEARED IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SAINTS, AND TO BE HELD IN REVERENCE BY ALL THOSE AROUND HIM. O LORD GOD OF HOSTS, WHO IS MIGHTY LIKE YOU, O LORD? YOUR FAITHFULNESS ALSO SURROUNDS YOU. YOU RULE THE RAGING OF THE SEAS; WHEN IT'S WAVES RISE, YOU STILL THEM. YOU HAVE BROKEN RAHAB IN PIECES, AS ONE WHO IS SLAIN; YOU HAVE SCATTERED YOUR ENEMIES WITH YOUR MIGHTY ARMS.”

AND AS THE TEXT SPEAK OF SOME MIGHTY THINGS GOD HAS DONE THE PAST, IT REMINDS US STILL TODAY THAT THERE IS NOBODY LIKE GOD. AS THE TEXT CAN BE COMPARED TO HIM BOTH IN HEAVEN ABOVE AND ON EARTH BELOW. BECAUSE THERE'S NOBODY LIKE GOD! HE IS THE GREATEST BEING. THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE WE FIND THOSE WORDS, THE QUESTION IS ASKED IN ISAIAH 40 IN VERSE 18, “TO WHOM THEN WILL YOU LIKEN GOD?” AND THERE IS NO ONE TO WHOM WE CAN LIKEN GOD. THERE IN JEREMIAH 50 VERSE 44, “FOR WHO IS LIKE ME?” THE STATEMENT MADE FROM GOD'S PERSPECTIVE. AND OF COURSE, THE ANSWER IS NO ONE. AND AS WE CONSIDER THAT LET US LOOK AT ONE FINAL PASSAGE THERE IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1. WHAT WE SHOULD RESPOND WITH ACCORDINGLY WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS THE GREATEST BEING? FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1 VERSE 17 SAYS, “NOW TO THE KING ETERNAL, IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, TO GOD WHO ALONE IS WISE, BE HONOR AND GLORY FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN.”

AS WE CONSIDER THE FACT THAT GOD IS THE GREATEST BEING LET US RESPOND ACCORDINGLY, AND ALWAYS OFFER UP WITH OUR LIVES, WITH OUR WORDS OF PRAISE, AND TO HIM THAT HE MIGHT RECEIVE THE GLORY AND HONOR FOREVER FOR BEING THE GREATEST BEING.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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