1/27/19 “God’s Incomprehensibility” Don White

Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:9-16, 23-24. Theme: our God is bigger than we can comprehend.

1. All that we know is true of God, He had to ____________ to us.

A. He’s kindly revealed Himself in our language & history.

B. He’s spoken to us in these last days by His Son.

2. How can we fully know Someone Who is _______________?

A. His reason He personally revealed Himself by spoken Word only, 12, 15.

B. Who can make a ‘box’ to put God into? How can the finite map the Infinite?

3. God’s _______________ should fill us with awe & reverence.

A. Both His greatness & condescension are cause for humble worship.

B. Practical applications in brief statement form.

Questions for further study.

What are some ways people consciously or unconsciously try to put God in a box/limit Him? E.g., My God would never send anyone to hell. Why would we want God to fit in our ‘boxes’?

Our God is bigger than we can completely understand/comprehend. See, e.g., Job 38-41; Isaiah 40:12-17; 55:8-9; Romans 11:33. His incomprehensibility means He and His ways can be mysterious to us. There’s always going to be more to our God than we can ever know. Why is this not a hindrance to believers who walk with Him by faith?

Regarding our Lord, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Author C.S. Lewis put these words in Mr. Beaver’s mouth, “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King,

I tell you.” Later, regarding Aslan the Lion, who represents our Lord, Mr. Tumnus the faun testifies, He’s not a tame lion. To which Lucy adds, no…but He is good. What is Lewis trying to tell us about our Lord?

If our God’s essence & Being are incomprehensible—bigger than we can possibly fully understand, that means all His other attributes/characteristics are as well. What does incomprehensible love look like? (hint, I John 4:9-10).

Incomprehensible faithfulness?

John Calvin’s favorite Scripture text was said to be Deuteronomy 29:29, The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us & to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. How does this address our fallen tendency to speculate on spiritual things—things Scripture does not address?