8: Section 1
purpose of God revealed
In this section we are
going to look at the real purpose of God in creating
the earth and the human race. One clue is given in Isaiahís
Isaiah 45 v 18
Another clue is given
in the last book of the Bible:
at Revelation 4 v 11
The book of Numbers gives
us more information:
Numbers 14 v 21
you have marginal references, this verse in Numbers
sends us looking at other passages giving the same idea:
at Psalm 72 v 19
2 v 14
these verses you learn that:
God created the world to be inhabited
The inhabitants were created as part of Godís purpose,
or "will", and
That purpose involves filling the earth with His
could ask, "What does filling the earth with God's
the principles we learnt in the "Concordances"
section (Session 5 Section 1), we look up "glory"
and see that the word "glory" in the last
three references mentioned above come from the Hebrew
word "kabod". We also notice in the list of
references in the concordance:
33 v 18 Ė "And he (Moses) said, Please, show
me Your glory"
this reference help in telling what "the glory"
Exodus 33 v 18 to 34 v 8
you look at this passage carefully you learn:
Godís Name, Glory and Goodness are interchangeable
expressions (v 18 Ė 22).
Godís Name is His character or attributes. This
character is a perfect blend of "mercy"
and "truth". That is to say, that God
is merciful, but He cannot alter His standpoint.
This is the foundation principle of all Godís dealings
revealed in the Bible.
out for "echoes" of the principle. We will
look a little more at this idea later.
You have learnt that
it is Godís plan to fill the earth with His mercy without
compromising His principles. What a contrast with how
things are now! There are several word pictures given
of what this will involve.
at Psalm 72
Notice how the human
race will eventually live up to Godís standards. People
will obey God and acknowledge that He knows best.
The character, purpose
and glory of God
Look at the references
we have mentioned and write down in your own words what
they are saying about Godís character, purpose and glory.
If you have a Bible with crossĖreferences, look up the
crossĖreferences and write down where they lead you
and what you learn from them.