Who Is God?

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Who is God? This is an age old question that many people dedicate their entire lives to. Based off the readings in Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, and Judges, God has many different sides including the interpretation of His power and the things He concerns Himself with. The readings from Genesis first depict who God is and how powerful He truly is. Genesis teaches us that God created the heavens and the earth, light and darkness, and also separated the Heavens from the Earth. “...God created the heavens and the earth…Then God said let there be light...there was light…God separated the light from the darkness…Let there be an expanse in the midst of waters…God called the expanse Heaven” (Genesis 1:1-1:8). Along with creating the Heavens and the Earth, in the teachings of Genesis God also created the means to sustain life on Earth. “…God said, let the Earth spout vegetation…fruit trees on Earth bearing fruit…The Earth brought forth vegetation” (Genesis 1:11-1:12).
Not only does Genesis teach us how powerful God is, it also shows us his overall understanding of humanistic needs by supplying mankind with the necessary means to survive before we were even created. “Then God said, ‘Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures…God blessed them by saying be fruitful and multiply’…’Let the Earth bring forth living creatures…God made the beasts of the Earth after their kind’” (Genesis 1:20-1:25).
Finally the true depiction of God in my opinion from Genesis is on the sixth day in the teachings of Genesis. God creates man in “Our” image to rule over everything he has created. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image according to Our

likeness…let them rule over the fish of the sea…and over all the earth…God created man in His own image…God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…and rule over…every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:26-1:28).
Genesis also depicts the other side of the sword when teaching us of God. It is shows us that God not only creates all things that are good, but also evil and temptation. The Lord created Adam and Eve and he instructed that he may eat from any tree in the garden except from the tree of knowledge; which creates temptation. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it” (Genesis 2:17). It is said that evil came to Eve in the form of a serpent to convince her to eat from the tree of knowledge and persuade Adam to do the same. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5).
God showed to everything he had created his punishing side. Since He was disobeyed by Adam and Eve, He became concerned with the goodness of mankind and realized the earth was full of sin and corruption. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). God went to Noah and instructed him to build an ark so he can destroy his creations and start over. “…and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth” (Genesis 7:4).

To have faith in this kind of God, means to believe everything he says and follow his commands blindly which is depicted in this modules reading of Exodus. God tells Moses to go to Pharaoh in Egypt to tell them He commands that his people be set free “…afterward Moses…told Pharaoh…Let my people go” (Exodus 5:1). When Pharaoh did not listen the Lord told Moses to go to him and threaten him with plagues that will destroy the