God Perspectives in Human History

 Main Passages:
• Psalms 86:9; Romans 5:15-16; Psalms 96:2-3
 Referenced Article:
• “The Story of His Glory” by Steven C. Hawthorne
 Questions to be answered:
• What is definition of GLORY?
• What are the two directional God’s glory?
• What are the three categories of God’s name?
• What does worship do?
• What are the three “GREAT” things that reveal the
glory of God?
 Many
try to make Bible a human history
deals with our personal lives but the Bible
is far more about God than it is about
 The books of the Bible are not many
stories but one story that reveal who God
is, His glory to His people.
 Glory is an “intrinsic worth, substance,
brilliance and beauty.”
 God
reveals His glory to all nations in
order to receive glory from all nations.
(Ps 96:2-3)
• World evangelization is the fullest expression
of God revealing His glory to the nations with
the purpose of God receiving glory from the
Function: Reference (Words used to refer to God)
• ELOHIM: God (a plural noun, more than two, used with
singular verbs); Elohim occurs 2,570 times in the OT, 32 times
in Gen. 1. (Gen. 17:7, 6:18, 9:15, 50:24; I Kings 8:23; Jer. 31:33;
Isa. 40:1, Jonah 3:4-4:2)
• ADONAI: Lord in our English Bibles (Capital letter 'L ',
lower case, 'ord') "Master'' or "Lord" 300 times in the OT
(Gen. 15:2; Ex. 4:10; Judges 6:15; 2 Sam. 7:18-20; Ps. 8,
114:7, 135:5, 141:8, 109:21-28)
• JEHOVAH: LORD in our English Bibles (all capitals).
Yahweh is the covenant name of God. Occurs 6823 times
in the OT (Gen. 2:4; Dan. 9:14; Ps. 11:7; Lev. 19:2; Hab. 1:12)
 Function: Revelation
(God disclosed
Himself to His people)
• JEHOVAH-JIREH:"The Lord will Provide.“ (Gen. 22:14) - Abraham
• JEHOVAH-ROPHE: "The Lord Who Heals" (Exo 15:22-26) - Moses
• JEHOVAH-NISSI: "The Lord Our Banner." (Exo 17:15) – Moses
• JEHOVAH-M'KADDESH: "The Lord Who Sanctifies“ (Leviticus
20:7-8) - God through Moses
• JEHOVAH-SHALOM: "The Lord Our Peace" (Judges 6:24.) –
• JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU "The Lord Our Righteousness“ (Jer 23:6) –
God through Jeremiah
• JEHOVAH-ROHI: "The Lord Our Shepherd" (Psa 23:1) - David
 Function: Reputation
(The public report for
God’s global renown.)
• Gen 14:20 “…who has delivered your enemies into
your hand.”
• Exo 18:11 “Now I know that the LORD is greater than
all the gods...”
• Jos 9:9-10 “... because of the fame (literally name) of
the LORD your God, for we have heard the report of Him
and all that He did in Egypt.”
The ultimate value of salvation is not to be
seen in what they were saved from, it is what
they are saved for that really matter. People
are saved to serve God in worship. (Ps 96:2-4)
• Our worship is genuine relational interaction with
• Our worship glorifies God by recognizing His glory
and by honoring Him with the offerings of the lesser, but
worthy glories of the nations.
• Our worship demands our gifts to God; and then, the gifts
bring the givers to God.
• Worship not only delights and reveals God, it fulfills God’s
love for people by bringing them to a place of their
highest honor before Him.
 God
uses His people to make His name
known to all nations!
• Abraham was sent to the land of Canaanites but he
did not do everything great as missionary to the
tribes in the land but he made God’s name known in
worship. (Genesis 12:6-8)
• Abraham was blessed to be a blessing with further
purpose in order that the nations would bless God
Himself with their grateful worship. (Genesis 12:1-3)
• Abraham was given a promise that all nations will be
blessed; and His great name will be known to them
by his offspring when he worshipped God with the
sacrifice of his own son Isaac at the Mountain Moriah.
(Genesis 22:11-18)
God uses His stories to make His glory
known to His people!
The exodus: the pivotal moment when God
revealed Himself globally by name,
distinguishing and honoring His name above
any other god.
The conquer: God’s way of establishing the
purity of worship to Himself.
The temple: God’s way of signaling that
people from every nation could encounter and
worship Him personally.
 God
uses His time to make His glory
known to His people!
• Just when it looked as if Israel was going to
make God’s name widely known among the
nations, Solomon led the way in idolatry.
• Idolatry profaned, or made common and then
Israel began centuries of up and down struggles
with idolatry.
• God finally removed the people from the land,
sending them among the nations into a time of
captivity known as the Exile.
 God
sent His Son to reveal His ultimate
glory to all people, tribes, and nations.
• Jesus is the ultimate glory of God and He
fulfilled God’s purpose to reveal His glory to
the world in order to receive glory from the
• Christ is the exact representation of the Father
(Hebrews 1:3; Galatians 1:15)
 God
is God of Revelation
• He desires to reveal His glory to everything he
created and everything He loves. (Isaiah 40:3-5)
 God
is God of Worship
• God desires to see his people worship Him
alone. (Exodus 8:1)
 God
is God of Glory
• He desire to received glory from His people
(Romans 15:5-6)

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