Summary: PENTECOST 1(A) - The Triune God is the only true God who has done mighty deeds and who desires our devotion.
THE TRIUNE GOD IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD
Deuteronomy 4:32-35, 39, 40 - June 6, 2004 - Pentecost 1
DEUTERONOMY 4:32-35, 39,40
32Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
35You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God; besides him there is no other.…
39Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. 40Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time.
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Dearest Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:
How many false gods are there in this world? We could make quite a list, couldn’t we? The list might go on page after page of those false gods that people worship. Sometimes those false gods are very obvious and are given names--Confucius, Allah, Buddha and the list goes on. Sometimes those false gods are not so obvious. They still can certainly distract us from time to time--our family, our own pride, our own wisdom and that list goes on. Today, you and I as believers realize there is only one true God. Even though people around us might say that living a good life or just believing in something will get you to heaven. This is just not the case. The Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the only true God and the only way to heaven.
God blessed Solomon, the son of David, abundantly. God gave Solomon wisdom beyond his years, and God gave Solomon blessings beyond the wealth of any nation that lived at that time and any nation or person today. We are told in Scripture that when it came to his wealth, the gold was weighed out not in ounces or pounds, but in tons of gold. Solomon and his people were so wealthy at that time that silver had no value at all. Yet Solomon realized that it was not his doing. It wasn’t his glory or his wealth. All these blessings only came from the Lord, the only true God. Solomon was blessed as David’s son to rule and to also build a temple for the Lord. When it came for the dedication, "Solomon said: ’O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below--you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way’" (1 KINGS 8:23). Solomon stated there was only one true God and this is what we will study today. Moses reminds us in these words of Deuteronomy that
THE TRIUNE GOD IS THE ONLY TRUE GOD
There is only one true God, I. our Triune God, who has done mighty deeds.
There is only one true God, II. our Triune God, who desires our devotion.
I. OUR TRIUNE GOD HAS DONE MIGHTY DEEDS
In the book of Deuteronomy Moses is ready to send the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Before he does that, he speaks to them a number of times about their faith and about their God. Today Moses wants them to remember back when they wandered in the wilderness, and he wants them to remember back even farther than that. Verse 32 says: 32Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Moses says the people should look back in their history even to beyond their own history to the history of ancestors and beyond to the creation of the world. Moses says they should ask all around and ask anyone they want about creation and what took place. The answer will be the same. Moses asks the question: Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? There wasn’t. The creation of the world began because of the Word and the Triune God. There was darkness and the Lord said, "Let there be light." The earth was empty and formless. There was a great void and the Lord said, "Let there be the sun, the moon, the stars," and there was. "Let there be land, the oceans, animals" and there was. Nothing like creation had ever happened. That is the mighty deed that God had done. He created the heavens and the earth.