My first Study Bible was a Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible. It was an amazing tool and best friend that changed my life and deepened my understanding of God. The Thompson (as it's often affectionately called) offers a thoughtful chain of references on thousands of Bible topics. During this month, I'm going to post some of the chains on topics that relate to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a first post, I wanted to share Chain #884 which offers some powerful verses about God being the Creator of the Universe. How does God being our creator relate to the Gospel? If God is the creator, then he is our authority, our king, and our source. As our maker, we realize that our sins are against him first and foremost and that our ultimate relationship is with him. The message of the Gospel is our journey back God.
So, who is God? He's our creator (Verses below taken from Thompson #884). I find there is a lot to think about as I read and reflect on what the Bible says about God in this way. Ge 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Ge 2:3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Ex 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (more verses below)
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Ne 9:6 You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Jb 12:9 Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
Jb 26:7 He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.
Jb 26:13 By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
Jb 40:15 Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.
Ps 24:2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Ps 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
Ps 95:5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Ps 102:25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Ps 104:5 He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.
Is 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
Is 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Is 45:12 I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
Is 48:13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.
Ac 4:24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
Ac 14:15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
Ac 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,
He 1:10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;
He 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Who is God? He's our creator. The one who created us and everything we see. That constant theme in the Bible is a constant reminder that I am HIS. And while he is my friend, he is also my king. ----
This month's study was inspired by the news that the Thompson Chain Reference Bible is begin released in the ESV version of the Bible for the first time in May. Read more about it here. Because of my love for the Thompson, my company (Hudson Bible) worked with the Kirkbride to help them bring the ESV Thompson to print!