Read 1 Chronicles 5
Focus on verse 26
God is often described as “the God of Israel” or “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” in the Old Testament. In today’s reading the Chronicler writes, “So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria…” to take faithless Israel into captivity. There are other accounts in the Old Testament such as the book of Daniel, where the God of Israel seems to be attempting to reveal to us that He is God not only of Israel, but also of Babylon, Assyria, Egypt and the rest of the universe that He created. The scriptures do make it clear that God has a special relationship with the descendants of Abraham; however, the geographical borders determined by humanity do not limit His sovereignty. The spiritual mindset and understanding of the nations surrounding Israel in Old Testament times was that the gods were territorial. Throughout the Old Testament we find examples where the God of Israel challenges this notion by exerting His sovereignty outside the boundaries set for Him by human kings and emperors.
The nature and character of God has not changed. His objective continues to be to break out of the confines of the boxes we attempt to create for Him in our feeble efforts to control Him and the world He placed us in. The God of Israel will not be tamed or domesticated. He continues to be the God of the universe and I suspect we will continue to struggle with Him when He acts in a manner that does not fit into the paradigms we have created in our attempt to understand Him. The problem continues to be that finite beings like us simply cannot fully understand the concept of an infinite God. Perhaps that is why we will need eternity with Him to fully explore the width and depth of how big and how wide, and how deep He really is.