03: Foundational Frameworks Part 3 (June 18, 2017)

FOUNDATIONAL FRAMEWORK. PART 03

Responses from Homework? “To you, who is God?”

Foundational Truths: The Bible is God’s self-revelation.
God also reveals Himself as the only Eternal, Sovereign Creator.

The Supernatural is as real as the Natural. Christians are scared of the Supernatural and interpret most Scripture according to the Natural. This means that many are only addressing half of reality! 

Genesis 1:1/Psalm 33:8-9. Only Elohim creates by speaking.
Ex Nihilo- “out of ________________” creation. Everything we know is made up of parts that make the whole. Not so with God. He simply spoke, and what was not was. He needs nothing! In creation, His omnipotence, eternality, and aseity are on display!

Psalm 103:19-21. God’s sovereignty is on display. Heaven is where His throne is established. The angels are God’s servants. He is the Creator, they are the creatures. Blessings are pronounced on those who do His Word (will).

Job 38:4-7. Angels existed before the creation of the Earth and were witnesses to the creation of the Earth. Their response was worship!
    There are 2 designations mentioned:
1. Morning Stars- Gives the sense of luminous beings.
2. Sons of God- Job 1:6-7; 2:1-2; Gen 6:2; Used of angels. This designation can also be used of men (Matt 5:9; Luke 3:38; 20:36). As always, CONTEXT DETERMINES MEANING.

Colossians 1:16. “All things” are created through Jesus Christ. Paul covers “heaven” and “earth” pointing us to Genesis 1:1. Various rankings of angels are mentioned. Christ is the Creator, not a creation (as the Gnostics believed). See also Ephesians 6:12.

Ezekiel 28:11-19. This is difficult to interpret because of the back and forth that seems to be taking place between the King of Tyre and the Adversary of God. Again, CONTEXT DETERMINES MEANING. What is most prominent here is the TIME & LOCATION in v. 13.

Psalm 82:1-8. This psalm has shaken a lot of people, but we MUST allow for the Scriptures to give us our theology.
v.1- God presides over a council of Elohim (this concept can also be seen in 1 Kings 22:19-22 and Deuteronomy 32:8-9).
*GOD’S ASSESSMENT
v.2- These elohim are overseers of nations and kingdoms. They have “judged” them unjustly, allowing for the wicked to prosper.
*GOD’S EXHORTATION
v.3 & 4- God encourages these elohim to “defend, do justice, deliver, and free”- note the verbs. He is calling them to change their governance.
*GOD’S EVALUATION
v.5- God notes the character of these elohim. The “foundations of the earth are unstable” because of the corrupt character of the elohim that are presiding over them (See Exodus 12:12; 15:11).
*GOD’S JUDGMENT
v.6 &7- God reminds them of the privileged position they have as the “sons of God” (“children”). He then pronounces judgment for their refusal to heed His counsel (these angels will “die like men”).
*GOD’S VINDICATION
v.8- God will inherit all of the nations back from the elohim that exercised corrupt oversight.