God Guffaws

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There is blight that ravages the Western world, a blight giving man false assurance in his own intelligence, a blight that makes him confident that if there is anything he can’t understand, it can’t be, a blight that makes him think empirical pursuits are his only way to sure knowledge, a blight that makes his head so swollen that not only is he unable to put on T-shirts anymore, he actually thinks himself wiser and smarter than God, evidenced by his dumb-as-a-donkey doubting of the simple testimony of Scripture.

And in response, does God quake? Does he shift from side to side nervously? Does he pine for approval? Does he change how he speaks to be more palatable? Does he seek to defend himself, as if on trial by his creatures?

God guffaws.

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?…For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

The refrain from God of, “Bend thy knee before me”, reverberates loudly throughout the Bible, exemplified in just the opening salvo of God’s written revelation.

God has always been; and God made everything, the very heavens and the earth. He did so in just 6, 24 hour days. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:1-5).

“Bend thy knee before me.”

All humans come from one marriage. God took dirt and formed Adam, and breathed life into him. God took a rib from Adam and made from it Eve. “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7). “And the rib that the LORD GOdhad taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:22).

“Bend thy knee before me.”

Satan, the ancient dragon, tempted Eve to disbelieve and disobey God. All evil and suffering in our experience of life can be traced back to Adam and Eve’s compliance with this enemy. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made” (Genesis 3:1).

“Bend thy knee before me.”

Our first ancestors lived for centuries. “Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years and he died…Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died…Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died” (Genesis 5:8-14).

“Bend thy knee before me.”

There was a time when angels saw that women were beautiful; and so they took them as their wives and so were birthed giants in this world. “The sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose…The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown” (Genesis 6:2-4).

“Bend thy knee before me.”

In order to destroy every living thing that walked the earth, God flooded the entire globe, only sparing one family and two of every kind of animal by having the family construct a large enough ship. “And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah…And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered” (Genesis 7:7-19).

“Bend thy knee before me.”

God is not impressed by our haughty skepticism or vainglorious pride, not constrained by our false constructions of what can and cannot be. The Creator and King of all demands repentance and faith from us, his creatures, made in his image. The wisest thing we can do is to recognize our own folly and his abundant wisdom, to renounce all our doubtings and disbelievings of him, to trust his Word completely, without a single, steroidal asterisk, and then to declare it to and live by it before all God’s enemies without a skosh of embarrassment.

All creatures of our God and King, bend the knee before him; lift up thy voices and to him sing, “Hallelujah!”

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