It is a daunting question for the creation to ask, who is the creator? It is also a question we can only answer with the information given to us by the creator himself because that answer is outside our realm of knowledge. While we can gain some knowledge by the world around us the real depth of the answer comes only from God’s special revelation.
So the best answer to the question, who is God, comes from God himself and God introduces himself clearly and strongly in Genesis 1. God says I am Elohim and he says it in the first verse of Genesis 1 and thirty two times total in that first chapter of Genesis. It sounds like God wants us to know that he is Elohim.
So what does Elohim tell us about who God is. The name means Mighty Creator. The idea is that God is the creator and he has authority and sovereignty. This is literally illustrated by God as he brings the universe into existence. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis !:3). God said, “Let there be a space between the waters,” and it was so (Genesis 1:6). God said, Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place so dry ground may appear,” and that is what happen (Genesis 1:9). You get the idea. When God said something it happen. It wasn’t taken to committee, the process didn’t begin, it h appened. He is Elohim, both creative and authoritative. He creates from nothing, with nothing except the power of his word. This is not the creative process man speaks so proudly of when he talks of creating something. Man uses what God has put at his disposal to create and the creative process is long and difficult. Not at all like God’s, “let there be,” declarations because man is not God. Man is part of the creation.
So what does this mean to me today? It means that God is in control. Whether you understand it or not, whether you can see it or not God is in control. One day, from the most arrogant to the most humble, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. One day, when heaven and earth passes away, God’s word will still be intact. One day, when the trump sounds and the elements melt every person who has ever lived and ever will live will stand in the presence and judgment of God and account for every idle word that has been spoken.
I don’t know about you but when I think of standing before God in judgement and accounting for every idle word, much less the other stuff, I feel hopeless. I know me and I know my righteousness and it is not pretty. That is why it is important to remember that while God is Elohim he is also Yahweh Rophe.
Ken Bradford, Elder, Campbell Street Church