When we study the Word of God, we are actually studying God. One of the biggest mistakes believers make when studying God and His word is the failure to understand the history of mankind with respect to mankind’s relationship with God. By not understanding that history, we as believers are prone to misinterpret God and His Word.
God is the one who created mankind when He created Adam and Eve. The first man and woman disobeyed God and they were thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Cain murdered Adam and lied about it. Mankind, after a short period of time on earth became so corrupt that God decided to cleanse the earth with a flood and thus making Noah the new Adam. Noah got drunk and exposed himself to his son, Ham. The off springs of Noah, in complete defiance of God, built a tower to make their name great.
During the early days of mankind, mankind initially knew God but would not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. Mankind substituted idols for the true and living God. This idolatry led to immorality and indecency. Romans 1:18-32 explains this immorality and indecency which led to homosexuality. It was at this time in history when God called Abraham, the first Jew, and established a new beginning with mankind.
When God called and talked to Abraham, mankind was in a mess. In fact, Abraham himself was in a mess. Abraham did not know the true and living and God, because like his family, Abraham was an idol worshiper, (Joshua 24:2). Abraham was living in incest, because he was married to his half-sister, (Genesis 20:12) Abraham did nothing to deserve knowing God and He did nothing do deserve an audience with God.
God called and spoke to Abraham in the same manner He has called and spoke to every believer. Jesus explained this when He said in John 15:16, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…”
Why would God chose a man like Abraham to start a new beginning in His relationship with mankind? The answer to that important question can be found in I Corinthians 1:26-31. God often chooses the foolish things of this world to put to shame the wise. God often chooses the weak things of this world to put to shame the mighty. God often chooses the low things in life and those who are despised by others. God works this way, so that no flesh, (mankind) will be able to glory in His presence. God works this way, so that He and only He receives all the praise and glory for what has been done on this earth.
God gave us a glimpse of how He operates when He said in Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty men glory in his might, and let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.