What does the Bible say about: Us?
We are starting a new series today. What does the Bible say about: Us? We will be going over various scriptures from a topical standpoint instead of verse by verse. As always the sermon is available on iTunes or at the bottom of this post.
Scripture: Psalm 139
- The Bible says we are created by God
- Verse 13 says we were knit together by God.
- In Hebrews this word for Knit literally means something like “weave together” but it also shows a process that isn’t over yet. It shows that God started the process in your mother’s womb but God didn’t finish it there. God doesn’t just kickstart the process and then walk away at your birth. God starts it and keeps it going your whole life.
- The Bible says we are known by God
- Verse 1 says we were examined by God and God knows everything about us.
- Verses 2-4 says that God even knows what we are doing at the moment we are doing it.
- this has implications in light of Romans 3:23 that says everyone has messed up and not impressed god.
- Verse 5 says we are completely surrounded by God.
- God set His hand on us. This isn’t like hard. It is like two friends putting their hands on each others shoulders to support and guide.
- The Bible says we are set apart
- In the realm of all created order we are set apart as unique from all of creation.
- Verse 14 says we are marvelously set apart.
- Some translations say “fearfully and wonderfully made”
- Actual Hebrew is that human beings are yare palah
- Literally means set apart in awe
- You were created by God separately than every other creature in the world.
- Genesis 1. When God made everything it was spoken into existence.
- Genesis 2. when God made people he started with some dirt and breathed into it.
- You were not created like everything else. You were hand knit by God in your mother’s womb.
- Ephesians 2:10 says you are gods workmanship. You are the thing that god created special. There may have been other things that god created but you are the special creation.
- Your presence is not some pathetic small existence. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You are God’s marvelous creation.
- Next time you doubt your importance in life you remember Yare Palah. that you are God marvelous creation
- This is all really uplifting stuff. Stuff that should change the very way we see ourselves.
- We could say it the way Stuart Smalley used to say it: ”I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”
- Or we could say “I am God’s marvelous creation.
- Far too often we forget this. We believe we aren’t good enough. We believe that there is nothing special about us. Too often we fall into the messages we hear around us “If you don’t buy this you will never be happy.” or “If you don’t dress like a hooker you will never find someone who thinks you are special.” We constantly hear these messages that tell us we will never measure up and we will never amount to anything but the truth is, we already have. We already are successful, powerful, magnificent, and awesome in the eyes of the creator of the universe. Not because of anything we could have done but simply because god created us.
- Verses 19-22 God knows them too that is why they aren’t wiped out. even though we think they should
- How often have we said this to God. That they would wish death upon others.
- If we are honest we do this more than we care to admit
- We so often want to judge people by our own ideas but god looks at the inside and say “I created them. I know they hurt me, and I know they hurt you, but I love them too.”
- God knit our enemies together in their mother’s womb.
- Those wicked PennDot workers that only exist to make you late for work, God knit them together.
- Your in-laws…..God set them apart too.
- That guy in front of you in the express lane that has 25 items instead of 12? God set him apart too.
- As often as you want others to be judged and killed, there are others that wish the same thing about you too.
- But God sees better in you than they do.
- But God sees better in them than you do.
- 1 Samuel 16:7 says that God looks on the inside. God sees potential. God sees potential in you, and God sees potential in that weird kid who lives in your house and their voice cracks and there friends are weird and you can’t figure out where they keep all that food and their room smells gross and there is no way God is going to use that kid…but God sees potential in them. That’s why God doesn’t strike them dead.
- God looks at you and see that you are good. God looks in you and sees potential god looks at your enemies and sees potential. Not because of what you can do or what you can produce but because God created you.