But Yahweh is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. The earth quakes at His wrath, and the nations cannot endure His rage.” (Jeremiah 10:10, HCSB)

In this chapter, Jeremiah is contrasting Yahweh with the other so-called gods of the nations surrounding Judah.  He lists several attributes of God in just this one verse which illuminate who he is and what he does.

  • He is the true God – “True” here means: “certain, sure, that which conforms to reality, and is certain not to be false” [Dictionary of Biblical Languages, Hebrew].  In contrast to the idols that the craftsmen in Judah were constructing out of gold and silver, Yahweh was true and real.
  • He is the living God – An idol constructed by a craftsman is a figment of that craftsman’s imagination.  The idol does not live, cannot breathe, and certainly cannot intervene on behalf of those who foolishly worship it.  Yahweh is the opposite of all that.  He is alive.  He is powerful.  He certainly does intervene for his people when it is his will to do so.
  • He is the eternal King – God rules and reigns from before time begin to after time goes onto the trash heap of history and everything in between.
  • He is a God of wrath – God is a God of justice and as such can and does bring down his wrath on the unjust and those who oppose him.  As the eternal King in the battle between he and those who oppose him, he will win.

This is our God.  The true God.  The living God.  The eternal King.  The God of justice and wrath.  The God of love and compassion for his own people.  The God who sacrificed his own son so that we would be reconciled with him.  The God who suffered in our place, knows our weaknesses, understands our difficulties, and loves us with an everlasting, all-encompassing, and perfect love.

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