Saturday, August 02, 2008

THE SUNDAY POST ed 5

Evidently while moving my blogs from Townhall.com I have placed two in the wrong order. I do hope to remedy that soon. I am trying to figure this thing out so I can place them in the proper order, anyways…

I apologize for being gone for so long, I make no excuses for my negligence. I will say that during my absence I have had a great deal of time to reflect on the “Big Three” and have concluded the following- answering the question of “…what is man…” must begin with a study of God. This makes the most sense as the first of the “Big Three” is the question of origin. Also, scripture firmly establishes that our view of everything should be Theo-centric and that turning away from a Theo-centric view only leads to ruin; Genesis 6:5,11, Romans 1:21-24, 28-32. So the text (Psalm 8) is perfect because David begins Psalm 8 with an acknowledgment of God in the form of praise. So, it is to David’s example we turn in a discussion of “...what is man…” and the first of the Big Three (the question of origin).

“O Lord, our Lord…”

From the very beginning of Psalm 8 David acknowledges God by using the word Lord twice; this is significant because in the Hebrew these two words are not the same. There are seven words used for Lord/lord in the Old Testament. The first word in this Psalm is the one that is most frequently used and it is never used to address a human being. It is the name for God which He Himself uses in Exodus 3:14 when answering Moses;

“And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you.” (NASB)

This name denotes several things as explained by Matthew Henry in his commentary on the book of Exodus;

“Two names God would now be known by. A name that denotes what he is in himself, I AM THAT I AM. This explains his name Jehovah, and signifies, 1. That he is self-existent: he has his being of himself. 2. That he is eternal and unchangeable, and always the same, yesterday, today, and forever. 3. That he is incomprehensible; we cannot by searching find him out: this name checks all bold and curious inquiries concerning God. 4. That he is faithful.”

One of the many things Scripture establishes about the character and nature of God is that He is self existent. Genesis 1:1 states plainly; “In the beginning God…”

"The Bible does not attempt to prove the existence of God; it simply declares it. The writers of Scripture accepted His existence as a settled fact."

Kevin J. Connor B.Th., M.Div., Th. D. (Hon), The Foundations of Christian Doctrine (Portland, OR) 1980