Catechism Q1: Who is God?

The Lord is God! 

“Israel, listen to me. The Lord is our God. The Lord is the one and only God”

Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIrV)

“Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people. We are the sheep belonging to his flock.”

Psalm 100:3 (NIrV)

“The Lord is God. He has been good to us.”

Psalm 118:27a (NIrV)

Many people say they believe in “God,” but that begs the question, What do you mean by “God?” The Bible teaches us that there is only one God, and He has a name–revealed in Scripture as “YHWH,” which is often written as “Yahweh” (this is also where the name “Jehovah” comes from).

For the ancient Israelites, the name of God was considered too sacred to say, so when Scripture was read aloud, the word Adoni (Hebrew for Lord) was used as a substitute. By the time the Old Testament was translated into Greek, the word Kyrios (Lord) was standing in for YHWH. This is where we get our contemporary practice of writing “LORD” (all caps) in our English Bible translations. Whenever you see LORD in the Old Testament, you’re reading a stand-in for God’s name, YHWH.

The almighty God, the Creator of everything, is the God who reveals Himself to us. He has told us His name. We do not have to pontificate and postulate our own ideas about who the Divine Being might be. He has told us: “The Lord is God!”

Here’s an excerpt of me doing this question with my two-year-old daughter, AnnaSophia:

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Author: Joel Settecase

Joel Settecase has served in pastoral and teaching roles at Grace Pointe Church in Plainfield, IL, as well as Chicago Hope Academy and Park Community Church in Chicago. He is the author of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones and the Settecase Student Ministry Learning Standards, and he has been blogging on ministry and apologetics since 2013. Joel is the proud husband of Aliza and father of three children.

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