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Where did God come from?

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Where did God come from?


Steve Answers:

He didn’t.

God didn’t come from anything or from anywhere. I can’t say that about anything else—at least not from a human perspective.

Everything we as humans are aware of has a beginning and an end—even something such as the sun, which has been estimated by scientists to have started 4.6 billion years ago, and which they say will last only about 5 billion more years. (Does that worry you?)

When scientists say the earth began 6,000 years ago, I can’t really comprehend that either. Some say the earth began 80,000 years ago, others say 10 million years ago, and others have figured out it started 5 billion years ago. Again I ask, What difference does it make? Let’s say it started 100 trillion years ago. It’s all beyond my comprehension! And what about before that?

The answer is God. Before anything and everything, before here, there, and everywhere, God existed. Here’s how God put a supernatural reality into words for us humans to try to grasp:

• “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega [A and Z in the Greek alphabet]–the beginning and the end,’ says the Lord God. ‘I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One’” (Revelation 1:8, 9, NLT).*

• “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NLT).
From a burning bush God called out to Moses and told him to go to Egypt to set His people free. But Moses complained that the people wouldn’t believe him, even if he said, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you” (see Exodus 3:13). So Moses asked God for an impressive name to give them besides the generic term god.

“God replied to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.’ God also said to Moses, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations’” (Exodus 3:14, 15, NLT).

The term “I AM became the name to indicate divinity, supremacy, the true God of all time. The Jewish people were familiar with this name and its meaning. That’s why when Jesus claimed to be “I AM,” the people tried to stone him for blasphemy, for claiming to be the eternal God (see John 8:56-59).

Have you ever heard of the name Melchizedek? It’s not a common name, even in the Bible. You can find it in Genesis 14:17-20. This passage tells of Abram returning from a successful rescue of his nephew, Lot, and of plunder that enemies had taken from Sodom. The king of Sodom came and thanked Abram for the rescue.

Then, as if he came out of nowhere, a person named Melchizedek, the priest of Salem, provided food for Abram, then he pronounced a blessing on Abram, in which he invoked the name of God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
Abram responded by giving Melchizedek, priest of Salem, a tithe of everything he recovered.

About all we know about Melchizedek is that he is a priest of God, he showed up out of nowhere, and he disappeared into nowhere. Next, David mentioned this name in one of his psalms, when he records a conversation between God the Father and God the Son, Jesus. God the Father said to Jesus, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:4, NLT).

That doesn’t mean much to us, but for the Jews it meant that Jesus was different than all the priests they’d ever had. The highly revered Jewish priests were in the line of Aaron (see Exodus 28:1, 2). But as great as that was, Jesus was even greater than that.

The name Melchizedek appears one more time in Hebrews 5:5-10. Jesus gets named as a priest for God’s people in the line of Melchizedek, not Aaron’s line. Of course, just as Melchizedek had no beginning or end (that we know about), Jesus has no beginning or end. In fact, Jesus continues to be our priest even today!

What difference does that make?

Jesus is both in our time and beyond our time. We can understand the time He lived on earth more easily than we can grasp what it means for Him to be outside of our time. Since a priest connects people to God, that makes Jesus a forever priest, and we can be forever connected to God by being connected to Jesus.

All I can say is, God loves us a huge amount. God, who is beyond our time, sent His Son into our confined world to join us to Himself once again (see Romans 8:1-4).

I can’t understand where God came from, but I can appreciate His desire for me to be with Him (see John 14:1-3). This is why I stay connected to Him, which means that one day I’ll be living beyond the confines of this world too. At that time I expect to have a better understanding of God, but I still won’t fully understand Him.

Welcome to being blown away by an incredible, loving God!

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.



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