How to Know God
Who is God? Who is Jesus (also known by his Hebrew name of Yeshua)? Can a person know God and experience Him personally? People have asked these questions for thousands of years. They are the questions this study hopes to answer. If you have newly come to faith in Yeshua as the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, or if you are trying to learn more about God and Yeshua, this series will help you.
Please read these four lessons, then answer the questions at the end of each section. Each question is based on a Bible reference; to see the text for these references, simply mouse over them. This study uses the New International Version (NIV 1984 version) and English Standard Version (ESV) translations of the Bible, but any recognized translation will work. (If you click on a Bible reference, a new window with expanded text will open, in either NIV 2011 version or ESV.) If you have a Bible and prefer to use it, the table of contents will help you find the books of the Bible. Then look for the chapter (the number to the left of the colon) and verse (to the right of the colon). For instance, John 3:16 means the third chapter and the sixteenth verse of the book of John.
The Bible is a large book made up of 66 smaller books written over a period of approximately 2,000 years by about 40 different authors. Almost all the authors of both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament were Jewish. The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses and are known as the Torah. These are followed by historical books, books of Hebrew poetry, and books of sermons by some of the most famous Jewish prophets. The New Testament portion of the Bible begins with four biographies of the life of Jesus known as the Gospels. (“Gospel” means “good news.”) The Gospels are followed by the book of Acts, a history of the early Jewish and non-Jewish followers of Yeshua; thirteen books by a rabbi named Paul; and then several smaller books written by other Jewish followers of Yeshua from the Second Temple period. It ends with the apocalyptic book of Revelation, which climaxes in God’s creation of a new heaven and new earth.
People of faith believe the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible, so that the words they wrote were the words of God himself. There are many proofs for the truth of the Bible. Those proofs are for another study. At least parts of the Bible have been with us for almost 4,000 years. No other book in the world has been attacked as bitterly as the Bible but still endures. It has lasted so long because, simply put, it is truth.
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Are you interested in a more personal relationship with your creator? If the answer is yes, then consider the following… 1. Who is God? God is your Creator, concerned about every aspect of your life: "Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even […]
According to Luke 1:26-35, Yeshua’s Father was God because: the biological father abandoned Mary, leaving God to protect and care for her and her baby. Incorrect: Mary was amazed about the announcement of her pregnancy since there was no biological father. (Luke 1:34). God caused a supernatural, miraculous conception, without the involvement of a man. […]
In Jeremiah 17:9, God was telling the prophet Jeremiah: we can solve the problem of sin by understanding the heart of the sinner. Incorrect: the verse points out that human hearts are so deceitful that it’s beyond peoples’ ability to understand. all human beings have a spiritual heart problem and that’s why we all struggle […]
According to Deuteronomy 6:4, what God most wants us to know about Him is: He is Israel’s God Incorrect: while this is also true, "B" shows what God wants everyone to know about Him, and what He wanted the Jewish people to tell the nations. He is the only God Correct When Yeshua quoted Deuteronomy […]
According to Acts 2:42, from the very beginning people who followed Yeshua knew that: Once they were saved, they were all set and could continue their lives as before. Incorrect: being saved means having a new life, and the new life was meant to be different from the old (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). in order […]
The writer of Hebrews understood the importance of spending time with other believers. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25, NIV). The first believers in Jesus met regularly for prayer, […]
This is the second key. God has already spoken to us through His written word, the Bible, which is also referred to as the Scripture. He has told us what we need to know about living a fulfilling and meaningful life, and it’s up to us to dig in. The Bible is easily available in […]
Communication is the key to any successful relationship. Can you imagine having a relationship with someone you never speak to? What would happen if you stopped talking to your best friend or to your spouse? What would happen if you stopped listening? Now that God has forgiven your sins and made you one of His […]
This is a beautiful portrait of confessing sin and trusting in God’s forgiveness. Likewise, the New Testament gives another picture of what it is like to turn from our sins and to God. Here is the full story: Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, […]
Now that we have seen who Yeshua is and what he has done for us, how can we know God personally and experience the forgiveness of our sins and the fullness of life (which the Bible calls “salvation”) that God offers? The answer is by simply placing our trust in Yeshua as our sin-bearer, turning […]
How do we know that Yeshua is in fact our sin-bearer? One reason is that he fulfilled many prophecies of the Hebrew Bible, not least that the Messiah would in fact bear the sins of his people: How do we know that Yeshua is in fact our sin-bearer? One reason is that he […]
For some, his resurrection and his return to heaven are the clinchers that demonstrate that Jesus was indeed divine as well as human. The New Testament records that: …he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was […]
The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most investigated events in history. Some who have tried to disprove it have ended up convinced that it really happened. Jesus taught his followers that he would not only be killed as the atonement for our sins, but would rise from the grave: “We are going up […]
Our sin ultimately leads to spiritual death—separation from God. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2, NIV) The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). In the days of ancient Israel, atonement for sin required the sacrifice […]
Not only his teaching, but his actions also showed people who he was, including his healings of those who were sick, and his raising of the dead. Yeshua went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23, NIV) When […]
While rabbis taught in the name of other rabbis, Yeshua uniquely taught on his own authority. “You have heard … but I say to you,” he repeated in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5–7). That passage concludes with: When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, […]
How is that possible? King Solomon himself affirmed that everybody sins: When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin… (1 Kings 8:46, NIV) Yet Jesus said to his listeners: “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?” (John […]
Yeshua claimed to be the God of Israel at the same time that he was a human being, a Jewish carpenter who lived in the town of Nazareth and had human emotions and feelings. In the Hebrew Bible, God conveys His name to Moses: Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and […]
Scripture is full of examples of God’s mercy and forgiveness. All of us fail to live up to God’s moral standards, yet God forgives us again and again. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from […]
We come to know the people around us through their character and their behavior. The Bible likewise tells us about God’s character and actions. It makes a great deal of difference if God is a vague force, an impersonal energy, or a personal being who wants to relate to us. Here are some glimpses of […]
For many people, holy is not as welcoming a word as love. Perhaps the one time of year many Jewish people think of God as holy is on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the High Holy Days. On those occasions, we traditionally reflect on how God is morally perfect, while we recite a list of […]
These are good things! Because God is all-powerful, we can know that one day He will set all the injustices in the world aright and will remove the destructiveness of sin. Because He is all-knowing, He knows our deepest struggles as well as the sins of our heart. God’s power and knowledge cover the big […]
God created the universe, including you and me. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, NIV) Because He is our creator, He loves us as a parent loves the children they have brought into the world. Because He is our creator, our sins matter to Him as a child’s actions […]
Some Jewish people object to Jesus because they think that his followers believe in three gods. Jewish people, of course, believe that God is one and affirm that belief in the synagogue prayer, the Shema, taken from the Book of Deuteronomy. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (Deuteronomy 6:4, NIV) […]