Week 1 – Jeff Maness – June 2, 2019
Glory is something God is, something God does, and it’s something we need to give to Him. The reality is though, until we acknowledge the weight of who God is, we’ll never understand the way to bring Him glory.
Glory: Weight of God
Romans 11:36 36 For everything comes from him (God) and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Doxa = Honor, renown; glory, a divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.
Kabowd (Ka-vod) = “To be heavy”. It can also mean weight or something that is heavy in weight, but only in a good sense.
Big Idea: Until we acknowledge the weight of who God is, we’ll never understand the way to bring him glory.
Big Question: What should we acknowledge about God?
Main Scripture: Romans 11:33-36
Romans 11:33-34a 33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! 34a For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? “Oh, how great are God’s riches OF wisdom and knowledge.”
1. His wisdom has no limits
Isaiah 55:8-9 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Proverbs 3:19-20 19 By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
James 1:5 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
Proverbs 1:1-3 1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
2. His greatness has no measure
Romans 11:34b-35 34b Who knows enough to give him advice? 35 And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?
Isaiah 40:13-15 13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him? 14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice? 15 No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand.
Job 38:1-3 1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: 2 “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? 3 Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
Job 38:21 21 But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!
Job 40:1-5 1 Then the Lord said to Job. 2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” 3 Then Job replied to the Lord, 4 “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. 5 I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.”
3. His glory knows no bounds
Romans 11:36 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen
Jude 1:24-25 24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.