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Why won't God show himself?

A Scriptural explanation of God's dealing with mankind
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Liam Hurtado

on 23 March 2013

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Transcript of Why won't God show himself?

noun
- transgression of divine law. GOD Why won't God show himself? Genesis 1:1 ~ Creation Noah "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." Eden Abraham Moses And they brought up an evil report of the land... Promised
Land "In the beginning... "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." "And God said, Let the waters under
the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so." "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:" "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." "And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night." "And the evening and the morning were the first day." God created the heaven and the earth "And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." "And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so." How has God manifested his power? "And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good." "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so..." verb (used with object)

- to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainly. "...And the evening and the morning were the third day." "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven... "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so...and God saw that it was good." And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." "And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
"And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so." "And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also." And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth...and God saw that it was good. noun
- the expanse of the sky; heavens "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." "And God blessed them, and God said unto them,
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. ...Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."


"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."


"And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so."
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

And the evening and the morning were the fifth day." And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Genesis 2:1 - 3 "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made."

"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:
because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. " "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7 - 9 adjective
- made holy; consecrated: "And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; ...the tree of life also in the midst of the garden,
and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it."

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:" Genesis 2:15 - 22 Choice
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him... ...And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;"
"And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." verb (used with object)

- to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist. adjective
- suitable; fitting; proper. ...than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, Now the serpent was more subtil... Genesis 3:1~ "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 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." "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." 1 person likes this God Chosen individuals Adam & Eve Sixth Day Man God's relationship with mankind Immortality Mortality "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"

"Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken."

"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Gen 3:22 - 24 Adam & Eve's Sin
Disobedience Atonement Sin noun
- satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends. Cain's Sin
Murder Adam's Family Cain God spoke directly to them "And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."



"And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch." Gen 4:16 - 17 "And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD."

"And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:"
"But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell."
"And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?"

"If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." Enos Seth Abel Gen 4:3 - 7 "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."
"And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: ... Gen 4:25 ...then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. Descendants of Adam "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

"That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose...

...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.

"And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

"And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them... Gen 6:1 - 9
"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
...But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. "And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

"Make thee an ark of gopher wood... Gen 6:13 Sons of God "Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he." Gen 6:22 "And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark." Gen 7:23 Adam's Descendants' Sin
Wickedness Sixth Day Man survived Noah's Family survived "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...

...And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth...

...I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth." noun
- an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. Babel Noah's Descendants "Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." Gen 11:9 "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. " Gen 11:4 Noah's Descendants' Sin
Pride Abram "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

"And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." "But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." God spoke directly to him ...Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Gen 12:1 - 3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram... "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

"And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." Gen 17:7 - 8 Excuse me Sir, did you order the ram replacement? "And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

"And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

"And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

"And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Gen 15:3 God's Covenant "And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

"And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance." Gen 15:13 Gen 9:1 - 13 Noah God spoke directly to him "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering... Gen 22:8 ~ ...And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." Father of Nations Abraham Isaac Joseph Sodom The Birthright The Promise reconfirmed God spoke directly to them Gen 13:13 "And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes... ...And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake." Gen 18:26 Gen 19:24 - 25 Jacob God's Provision Brought into Egypt "And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly." Gen 47:27 Israel's Descendants Israel The Children of Israel "And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." Exo 1:7 ...and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Moses "Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
"And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
"Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply...

...Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. Exo 1:8 - 11 "...and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

"And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob." Exo 2:23 Exo 3:2 "And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt..." Exo 3:7 "And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

"And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped." Exo 4:30 Moses & Aaron Children of Israel God spoke directly to them God confirmed His Word with signs and wonders "And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Exo 5:1 - 2 "And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." Let my people go... "Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage...

...And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God...

"And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: "And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them." I am the LORD. Exo 6:6 - 8 "And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt... Exo 7:3 Pharaoh's sorcerers could only duplicate these three plagues None of these plagues affected the land of Goshen, where the Children of Israel dwelt "And Pharaoh...said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.
"Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more...and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer. Exo 9:27 Act
Casual... Ten Plagues God's Power manifested Passover "And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.

"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: Exo 12:11 - 14
"And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever." I am the LORD. Exodus The Red Sea Crossing the "And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

"But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left." Exo 14:28 Cloud
&Fire The Pillar of "And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:" Exo 13:21 Provision God's "And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat." Exo 16:15 "...and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink." Exo 17:6 "And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp..." Exo 16:13 "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years." Exo 12:40 Laws God's The "And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." adjective
- characterized by uprightness or morality: Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah
Moral Depravity Only Lot and his 2 daughters survived The Exodus
Egyptians Destroyed in the Red Sea The Wilderness The Time of Chronic Whinging God manifests his Power continually Exo 18:25 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD." Exo 19:9 "And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

"And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

"And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces... Exo 20:18 - 20 that ye sin not. "And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
"Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
"An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee." Exo 20:22 "Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them." Exo 21:1 Laws concerning:
- servants
- violence
- animals
- property
- evil deeds
- cruelty
- hospitality Instruction for:
- feasts
- building the tabernacle
- the priesthood
- sacrifice
- ark of the covenant
- anointing
- the sabbath "And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
"They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." Exo 32:7 Children of Israel's Sin
Disobedience God gives the Laws Moses Moses intercedes for the people "And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded." Lev 9:7 Children of Israel Sacrifice
Atonement for Sin The Promised Land God's brings the people to Canaan The Wilderness cont. Punishment for complaining God guides the people "And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

"I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they." Num 13:32 Num 14:11 - 12 Moses intercedes for the people " Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
"Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
"But my servant Caleb...him will I bring into the land whereinto he went..." Num 14:22 "...each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
...I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die." Num 14:34 Sacrificial Offerings:
- sin
- burnt
- drink
- meat
- grain
- wave
- heave
- peace
- trespass "Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel." Jos 1:2 Moses Children of Israel Joshua The Conquest of Canaan God destroys their enemies Crossing the River Jordan Jericho Destroyed South & North Conquered Land divided for the 12 tribes "And an angel of the LORD came up...and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

"And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

"Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you." Jdg 2:1 - 3 Joshua's warning "And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat." Jos 24:13 "As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day." Jos 15:63 Judah conquers Jerusalem "And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out." A Mighty Nation Jdg 1:28 Children of Israel's Sin
Idolatry "And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them."

"And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way." "And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:" Jdg 2:11 Jdg 2:18 "And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies." Jdg 2:14 The Time of the Judges God punishes Israel and then restores them...again The Kingdom of Israel God allows the people to have Kings "And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
"...And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them...
1 Sam 8:4 - 9 "And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

"Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
"That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles." 1 Sam 8:18 - 20 ...and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. Children of Israel's Sin
Pride The Prophets of Israel God continually warns the Kings Children of Israel taken into captivity Children of Israel restored Children of Israel taken into captivity Children of Israel restored Jesus Children of Israel under Rome "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant...

"...Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake...

"...But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
Jer 31:31 - 34 The Judges The Prophets God spoke directly to them God spoke directly to them Jesus God spoke directly to him Immortality Mortality Sin Atonement God manifested his Power with Signs, Wonders and Miracles Jesus Crucified
by the Children of Israel "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

"Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

"Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it."
Acts 2:22 - 24 Jesus Resurrected
Conquered Death The Holy Spirit
poured out on all mankind "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

"And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." Eternity
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Rom 5:12 Rom 5:9 - 11
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