One Thing About God Bible Study Chapter 6
Chapter 6 – God’s Way of Doing Things
A big part of being drawn to God is understanding His way of doing things. When you understand His plan and how He operates it, it will facilitate a relationship with Him and make it much easier for you to want to go to Him. Jesus is our refuge. He is a safe place we can go no matter what. Jesus is God’s way of drawing us to Himself.
Ch. 6 Outline – God’s Way of Doing Things
- We say actions speak louder than words. Jesus is God’s action towards us.
- Jesus is God’s body language. If what you hear about God doesn’t line up with Jesus, then you’re at the least not hearing the whole story and at worst hearing the wrong story
- God is the most misunderstood person of all-time. In order for us to know who He is we needed an interrupter. He sent Jesus so we could understand Him, to show us His way.
- Many times we get into a bad habit of measuring God’s love for us based on what happens in this world. When you do that you are setting up stumbling blocks for yourself. Jesus is the measuring stick for how much God loves you.
- Jesus told the Pharisees all the scriptures point to Him. Types and shadows in the OT are awesome.
- Joshua 20
- Just another example of God’s character
- Ephesisans 1:4-5
- John 5:39
- Joshua 20
- What is the measuring stick for how much God loves you?
- What do we NOT want to base God’s love for us on?
- Think about a time when you might have based God’s love for you on a false belief. What effect did that have on your relationship with Him?
- What do all the scriptures point to?
- What is God’s way of drawing us to Him and into relationship with Him?
- Nobody wants to just be tolerated in a relationship. They want to be celebrated for who they are. How does Jesus signify God celebrating us and not just tolerating us?
- What are some types of shadows of Jesus in the Old Testament?
- What are the cities of refuge in Joshua chapter 20? What do their names represent and mean?
- How can we prevent ourselves from basing God’s love for us on the wrong things?
- What are some practical things you can do to ensure that you are basing God’s love for you on the correct belief?
Chapter 6 – God’s Way of Doing Things
God is the most misunderstood person of all-time. For us to truly know who He is we needed an interrupter. He sent Jesus so we could understand Him, to show us His way. Jesus is the manifestation of God’s ways. God decided on how He would relate to us and how we would relate to him and His name is Jesus. We see this in the scripture Ephesians 1:4-5:
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Many times we get into a bad habit of measuring God’s love for us based on what happens in this world. When you do that you are setting up stumbling blocks for yourself. God’s proof is that He sent Jesus on the cross. It’s often said “actions speak louder than words”. Jesus is God’s action towards man. Jesus is the measuring stick for how much God loves you.
Bertie Brts once said that Jesus is God’s body language. Body language as described by Wikipedia is a kind of nonverbal communication, where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviors, such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.
So we see that these physical behaviors (body posture, gestures, etc.) communicate something to us. This language helps us understand others on a deeper level and many times speaks louder than our words. The example Bertie gave was if he asks his wife how she is doing and she says fine, but then starts vacuuming the floor violently, slumping her shoulders, and giving him mean looks then her actions are communicating to him how she is really doing, despite the fact that she said she is doing fine. If we are going to try to understand others, we really need to pick up on the nonverbal communication they are speaking and interpret it.
Jesus told the Pharisees of his day that they were searching the scriptures because they thought the scriptures gave them eternal life, but that the scriptures point to him (John 5:39). The scriptures they had at that time were the Old Testament. The New Testament hadn’t been written yet. That means that even in the Old Testament we can find scriptures that show us Jesus. I used to not study the Old Testament too much until I started learning about types and shadows of Jesus in them. Now I love studying the Old Testament to find more revelation of Jesus. I won’t go in depth into all of them now but here are few examples:
- Noah’s Arc – picture of the believer in Christ being pitched within and without with the atoning blood of Jesus. God sheltering His people and protecting them against all judgment of sin.
- The life of Joseph – put to death by his own people, falsely accused, exalted by God, etc.
- The Cities of Refuge in Joshua Ch. 20 – a picture of the refuge we have in Jesus
- Jonah – in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights then resurrected.
Obviously we have the Gospels too. Four different accounts of Jesus’ life. Some highlights I think about that show God’s body language are:
- Healings – blind see, lame walk, dead raised, etc.
- No condemnation – Woman in Adultery
- Abundant Supply – Feeds the Five Thousand
- Humble Servant – Washes The Disciples Feet
- Unconditional love – The Cross
We are tempted many times to think God just tolerates us, but he has cleansed us. As Jesus is now, so are we in this world. He is seated at the right hand of glory. It was God’s pleasure not to relate to us based on our works. That was never part of His good pleasure. It gives God the most pleasure when we stand before him conscious of our innocence. That’s God’s M.O. That’s His way of doing things to draw us to Him and into relationship with Him.
I mentioned the cities of refuge above in Joshua 20 as a type and shadow of Jesus in the Old Testament. In light of us looking at God’s way of doing things by drawing us to Him through Jesus, I think the cities of refuge provide us an awesome picture of this.
The Cities of Refuge were six cities allocated to the Levite tribe in the Old Testament that provided asylum for perpetrators of unintentional manslaughter. Divinely appointed and subject to Mosaic Law, the cities offered offenders refuge and protection from retribution of the avenging family until their case went into trial.
It’s very interesting when you look into the meaning behind the names of these cities. Again, I think this gives us a deeper understanding of the character of Jesus. Check it out:
- The first one listed is Kedesh, which is in Galilee in Mount Naphtali. Kedesh means to sanctify, set apart, consecrate and therefore to make holy.
- Shechem in Mount Ephraim is next. The word Shechem means between the shoulders or burden bearer
- Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. Kirjatharba signifies City of the Four which typically points to the Holy City of the Age to come. For this Holy City we are told lies foursquare. Hebron meaning joining or fellowship. So through Christ, a believer is inducted into the Foursquare city of the future and enjoying Fellowship with the Father and the Son.
- Bezer is in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben. Bezer signifies a fortified place and Reuben is an exclamation. See a son! So protection is afforded those who clearly see and understand the relationship of the Father and Son in its bearing.
- Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad. The word Ramoth is derived from raam signiftying to be high, raised up, exalted. Gilead is derived from the word signifying. The Heap of Witness and Gad is company. So the name of this city promises elevation with the company of witnesses to the truth.
- Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. Golan is said to be derived from Galah, to remove, deliver or pass away. It could also be derived from gai signifying to rejoice. So it is rejoicing through deliverance.
Jesus always provides us with a safe place to go to no matter what. The Cities of Refuge can be viewed as a foreshadow of God’s plan for our salvation through Jesus Christ.
God’s Belief In Action
We can see a good example of God’s way of doing things through His belief in action in Abraham’s life. Remember God called him the Father of many nations (Gen. 17:4). This was when Abe’s situation looked hopeless. He was way passed the age when people have kids and so was his wife. As a matter of fact, because the situation seemed so hopeless, they tried to help God out by allowing Abe’s servant Hagar to sleep with him. This is where we get the term “creating Ishmael’s”. Meaning trying to create things in your own power. I can definitely sympathize with Abe and Sarah here, but the point is God didn’t need their help. Eventually Abraham and Sarah did have a baby and they called him Isaac. Who knows if they still would’ve even been trying to have a baby at that age still had God not spoken to them. So even though they messed up along the way, God believed in them, He spoke forth a word to them which originated from that belief and that word persuaded them to continue on in belief despite the situation looking hopeless.
Through the shedding of His blood, Jesus offers us protection from eternal death. But that is not His only goal in salvation. See if you think that He wants to save you but is still upset at you then you still won’t be drawn to Him. But when you hear about how He finds no fault in you, it draws you close. He wants you to know that you can come to Him and He wants you to be close to Him. He wants you to know His thoughts about you.