In Deuteronomy 10:12, Moses instructs the people to “walk in all His ways”. How can we imitate God unless we get to know Him? When you meet someone you’d like to know better, you spend time with them, find out their likes and dislikes, what they enjoy doing, what makes them happy. Read the Bible! There is so much we can learn about God by spending time with Him in His word. Read the Gospels. Jesus is the perfect example for us. 🙂
Back in Exodus, God Himself revealed some of His nature to Moses. “Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.'” ~ Exodus 34:6-7 (NASB)
Here’s a link to the blog I wrote on this passage back in January, God’s Nature.
Here in Deuteronomy, Moses gives us more details about the nature of God.
“‘For the LORD your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.'” ~ Deuteronomy 10:17-21
God is the God of gods. He is the one True God. The others are counterfeit.
God is the Lord of lords. Lord, ‘adown in Hebrew, means “master, king”. He is the Master of all, King of all kings.
God is the great, the mighty, and the awesome God. The one and only great, mighty, and awesome God.
God does not show partiality. He doesn’t “play favorites”. He loves us all the same, no matter how “good” or “bad” we are. Oh, and all sin is the same in His eyes, too.
God does not take a bribe. He cannot be bought or swayed. He is Who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do. He is truly just and fair.
God executes justice for the orphan and the widow. He takes care of them. He watches out for them. “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, [is] God in his holy habitation.” ~ Psalm 68:5 (KJV)
God shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. In the King James Version, it says “stranger” instead of alien, ger in Hebrew, which means “a newcomer lacking inherited rights, a temporary inhabitant”. Strangers from other countries, wanderers, people who have no place to call their own, dare I say even the “homeless”. God loves them and gives them food and clothing. And in verse 19, Moses commands the people to love these strangers. So should we, like God does.
God is your praise. Tehillah in Hebrew, means “song of praise, thanksgiving to God, adoration, glory”. God is worthy of praise and thanksgiving for all good things in our lives. He puts a song of praise in our mouths!
God is your God. He isn’t just God. He wants a personal relationship with us, wants to be your God and my God. Isn’t that wonderful? 🙂
God has done these great and awesome things for you. He is wooing you, pursuing a relationship with us. He gives us a choice, free will, but He wants us to choose Him!
God is trustworthy. So when we are told, “You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.” (Deuteronomy 10:20), it is a safe and good thing to do. We can, and should, fear Him, serve Him, cling to Him, and swear by Him. He will never change, fail, or leave!