Thursday, June 09, 2011
Today’s Topic: He Knows Not
Today’s Text: Isaiah 44:6, 8b “This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God… Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”
I remember as a teenager when my dad preached a sermon that fascinated me. It was entitled “Five Absolute Impossibilities with God.” I still have the notes from that sermon in an old Bible. Here they are:
- It is impossible for God to bring anyone into His eternal family without them first being made new in Christ.
- It is impossible for God to save anyone from their sin without the shedding of Christ’s blood and its application to man’s sin.
- It is impossible for God to save anyone without repentance from sin and a confession of belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
- It is impossible for God to save anyone after death.
- It is impossible for God to save anyone who neglects the opportunity for salvation provided by the Holy Spirit.
If we think about it there are more examples of things that are impossible with God. Logic dictates that for every absolute God states there has to be an impossibility.
What made me think of that sermon this morning were the words of God in Isaiah 44:8 when He says, “No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” There is something God doesn’t know.
Okay, before you go off on a mental rampage that the pastor has broken from the truth, I admit that’s not a completely accurate statement. You see, because God’s knowledge is infinite – He is omniscient, knowing all – He therefore can state that He has no knowledge of any other God that would be His equal. But this points out how easily we can be misled when we interpret Scripture.
We can also be misled in the application of truth. Please follow along as I delineate a progression of truth about which we may be in denial in our lives.
- The first commandment God gave to Moses in the covenant of the law was “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
- When God created Adam and Eve He was there one and only source of value and worth. Their identity was completely God-defined.
- When Adam and Eve sinned, they chose to seek their identity from another source other than God. They questioned their worth and value, and sought to enhance it apart from God.
- Since that time man’s selfish pride has motivated the pursuit of self-worth and identity.
- When God gave Moses the law He dealt with the primary issue of man’s sin first – seeking value and identity from any other source other than God.
- Any person other than God, any pursuit, or any activity that we allow to define us and give us value and identity is another god that we have authorized to replace Almighty God.
- We are all guilty of daily idolatry.
- We are all in denial of that fact.
Please think about this – if we need people to affirm our worth; if we need intimate relationships (sex) with another person to give us a sense of value; if we need perfection in performance to prove our significance; then we are guilty of having other gods other than the One and Only God. He alone is the one who defines us and tells us our worth. And we are worth enough that He sent His one and only Son to die for us that we might be His children forever. Let us build our lives on that Rock, for there is no other rock.