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Posted by International Church at Mont Kiara on Saturday, June 27, 2020

 

Who is Our God? – Creator and Judge (Genesis 1-11)

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Good morning again, church family. I saw a stunning photo in my news feed this week, and underneath this photograph was a long caption, which reads and shows “Massive great white shark prowling below six oblivious surfers.” Maybe some of you saw it as well. It was a picture taken from the footage of a drone camera hovering over a beach off Cape Town, South Africa, and the drone reveal that there was this large shark swimming underneath the surface. And directly above it, were about six surfers lazily wandering there in the sun with the waves totally unaware of the shark. Imagine you had been there enjoying the sun, enjoying the waves, having a good time with friends and understandably so. You’re just focused on what’s around you, your surfboard, the waves totally oblivious to the fact that danger was all around. It would have been helpful for those surfers to have a broader perspective of their situation. Let’s switch analogies. Here’s a common phrase. Maybe you’ve heard it before. Don’t miss the forest for the trees, idea being you can study a tree so much looking at the bark and twigs and the leaf, that’s a good study but don’t forget that one tree is a part of a bigger forest. And that’s an important part of the story as well. You need to study the forest, not just the trees. Most Sunday mornings, when we come to our sermon, we do a study that similar to studying a single tree. We go through a book of the Bible. We read it verse by verse, chapter by chapter. That’s a very good way to study the Bible. We just concluded our study of Ephesians doing that over many months. When we come to August, Lord willing, we’re going to do that same similar kind of study for the Book of Numbers, the fourth book of the Old Testament. But it’s also helpful to have sermons, which give more of the whole forest viewpoint That us give us the viewpoint of the drone camera looking above everything. And so that’s our intention for the next six-weeks sermon series. We want to have more of a wide-angle big picture overview of the first 3 books of the Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus. Now, of course, in these three books, there are many themes to study, and we’re going to be covering large sections each week. But I think a helpful way to summarize these books is to consider primarily what did they tell us about our God? Really, that’s probably the best way to describe the purpose for the Bible in general. The focus of the Bible is not us, it’s not me. The Bible is not just a collection of inspirational stories and motivational speeches. The main message of the Bible isn’t even how we can be forgiven and go to heaven. The focus of the Bible is God revealing himself, God communicating, God speaking, showing us how we could be in a relationship with him and restored to him as our God. That’s that big overview picture we’re going to consider these next six weeks.