Essay: How do God and humans relate?

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In answering this question of how God and humans relate we need to first look at how God views humans and how he connects with them in different parts of the Old Testament. What we’ve seen throughout the whole Old Testament and in our every day lives is whether we decide to to make a good decision or we decide to make a bad decision. In this particular case, we either follow God’s Law and do what he asks us to do or we act like cowards and disobey him which leads to sinfulness and going down the wrong path. When God first created man every relationship was meant to be without flaw, however when sin entered the world the really good relationship between God and man took a turn for the worse.

It is only fitting to start talking about how the relationships between God and human were before the fall in Genesis 3. This comes from the Pentateuch of the Bible. It started off in Genesis chapter 2 which stated, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). When Adam was made in the image of God, he had no flaws and he had a very good relationship with God. Now Eve was created because God did not want Adam alone so he made Adam go into a very deep sleep. When Adam was sleeping Eve was created with one of Adam’s ribs and all was good when he woke up.

See at the beginning of Genesis chapter 3, Eve is having a conversation with the Serpent, and it states, “The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:2-5). The act of temptation starts to happen and that this means is to be persuaded to make a bad decision. “The serpent” or devil is tempting Eve to eat from the forbidden tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden and Eve does end up falling to temptation and doing it. The once flawless relationship that God and Adam and Even now had flaws and from this point on it just got worse.

Another great connection between how God and humans relate to each other is in the book of Genesis, but this time talking about Noah. According to Genesis chapter 6, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth (Genesis 6:11-13). God saw all the evilness in the world that was happening after the fall and he wanted to wipe the earth clean of everyone living on it.

What was interesting about God’s actions here is that he told Noah that he was to build an ark and him and his family would survive the flood that was about to come upon the world. At the end of Genesis chapter 6, God explains what Noah has to do in order to be saved from the flood, “But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them. Noah did everything just as God commanded him (Genesis 6:18-22). The connection here is that Noah followed all of God’s commands and did exactly what he was supposed to do which God rewarded him by sparing his life and making him the example to restart humanity when he wiped everyone away.

Moving on from the Pentateuch, from the Historical book section of the Old Testament, I am going to focus on the book of Judges. There are many references that show the relationship between God and humans however I am going to focus on one of them. This example comes from Judges chapter 13 and all throughout the first 13 chapters of Judges, the Israelites kept doing things that were evil in the eyes of the Lord and kept disobeying God’s commands. According to Judges 13, it states, “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years” (Judges 13:1). This relationship between God and humans was not very strong because of the Israelites disobeying God; in return God punished his people for this. Keeping a good relationship with God and obeying what he says, not only creates a stronger relationship with God, but also creates a trusting and almost perfect relationship with him.
1 Samuel 15 shows another way how God relates to humans by stating, “Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?” “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king (1 Samuel 15:17-20). A bit of context behind these verses is that God had said that Saul was going to be king over Israel after Samuel. God had specific instructions of what he had told Saul to do so that he would be king after Samuel. Saul and God did not have a good relationship and this made God regret making Saul king. As you can see every relationship since The Fall, this far has been flawed in some way because of the disobeying of God’s Law.

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