God Is One
Deuteronomy 6:4 ““Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
It is interesting to know that the Hebrew word eḥâḏ that is underneath our English word one can be used to describe a unity and not just a singularity. Why is this important? Because the One God that exists in the heavens is a unified Trinity.
Genesis 2:24 says,
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
The word one in Genesis 2:24 is the same Hebrew word under the word one that describes God in Deuteronomy 6:4. When God prescribes this holding fast between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage, he is describing not one singular substance, but rather one unified life. The two lives of the husband and the wife are indeed separate (as they go to separate places and perform independent tasks), but their covenant union is meant to be a life lived as one unity and not as two in autonomy.
Why is this important? Because as we head off to churches this morning to worship the God who sustains all persons and things by the word of his power; we are worshipping the God who is One unity. We worship Him as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He does not desire us to be swallowed up in a spiritual monism, but rather a unified covenantal love triangle. This One God is both the One who has brought suffering upon my family, and the One who will one day swallow up all suffering for everyone of His family members. Are you part of this family?
(p.s. we have ended the doctrine of the word of God, and are now moving into the doctrine of God in youth group; if you couldn’t tell 😉)