God’s Attributes 12 

“God With Us” 

Pastor David Moore

Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 20:5‐12 

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel, I swore with uplifted hand to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt.  With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the Lord your God.”  On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands.  And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt.  I am the Lord your God.” 

“‘But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt.  So, I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.  But for the sake of my name, I brought them out of Egypt.  I did it to keep my name from being profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they lived, and, in whose sight, I had revealed myself to the Israelites.   Therefore, I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness.  I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, by which the person who obeys them will live.  Also, I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy. 

Theme this week is a transition week for our study into Romans.   God did not sequester Himself in Heaven but came to humanity and proved who He was repeatedly.  God is with us

New Testament reading: Romans 1:1‐4 

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord

Christianity today in America and at Christmas the culture wants peace, love, joy, hope, gifts, and good will, with no connection to Jesus. 

All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.    ~David Jeremiah 

The Christmas theme is full of hope.  When it is rejected, the ability to know God is lost, which is an exclusive claim that will divide those who accept the Christ and the others who reject Him. ~D. Moore 

The principle we must believe is that Jesus was fully God and fully man.  He has two natures—one from God and one from His human ancestors.  ~D. Moore 

Our standards are most clearly seen in how we hold others accountable, not ourselves.  If we apply our standards to ourselves, we let ourselves off easy.    Then we know that we don’t measure up to our standards.  ~D. Moore

We need God in order to endure the suffering.  If Jesus hadn’t been God, the value of His death would not have been infinite.  ~D. Moore 

Acts 20:28  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. 

Jesus being fully human, just like you, has experienced all those feelings, felt all the pain and betrayal, now I think He is someone we can trust implicitly.  This Jesus is one who we can go to with all our failings, sin, and hurts and He will understand us.  ~D. Moore 

II Corinthians 5:21  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

It is hard to think of God as God and as human at the same time.  ~D. Moore 

If we rely on the Holy Spirit, we shall find that our prayers become more and more inarticulate; and when they are inarticulate, reverence grows deeper and deeper.  ~Oswald Chambers 

I owe a debt I could never pay, He paid a debt He did not owe. 

If Jesus is not enough, the person you met wasn’t Jesus.  ~Alin Sav 

Jesus does not just bring good news; He is the good news.  ~Timothy Keller 

We believe God is God and is fully human.  It is all about Him, all the principles that come from His teaching are the by‐products (fruits) of the belief and focus on Him.  Dwell on these thoughts this week.   When you focus on Him, His peace and freedom in your life will become the home God wants for us.   God Bless.