Focal Passages: Psalm
19:1-6; Acts 17:22-29; Hebrews 1:1-2
I could summarize this
lesson in one verse: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Ps.
14:1b, RSV). Case closed.
God doesn’t need our
defense. He doesn’t need us to plead his case. He is God.
Need some proof?
Try reading Job 38-41 out
loud and see for yourself.
It begins with the Lord
answering Job out of the storm. God said, “Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
“Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid
the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions?
Surely you know!” (Job 38:2-5a, NIV).
I’ll try to keep my
commentary on this lesson simple and straight to the point.
The Bible begins and ends
with God in charge:
- “In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1, NIV).
- “Then I saw a new heaven
and a new earth…He who was seated on the throne said … I am the Alpha and the
Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 21:1, 5-6, NIV).
I would say God has an
airtight case concerning this matter on His existence.
But in the event there is someone
out there who actually needs further evidence, our focal passages point us to
four witnesses to the existence of God:
1) Nature points us to God.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his
hands” (Ps. 19:1, NIV).
Paul made it abundantly
clear: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His
eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from
what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20, NIV).
2) The Bible is God’s Holy
“In the past God spoke to
our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Heb.
3) Jesus is the Living Word.
“But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb. 1:2a, NIV).
“In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … The Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us” (Jn. 1:1, 14, NIV).
4) Our spirits bear witness
to God. Paul told the Athenians who were worshipping an unknown god, “Now what
you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you” (Acts 17:23b,
“I am the Alpha and the
Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the
Almighty” (Rev. 1:8, NIV).