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God Is Eternal

“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 40:28)

“Hey, Tim – will you look at that moon?” James poked his friend’s sleeping bag.

“Hm-m-m?…hey – I was just falling asleep!” Tim rolled over on his back.

“Sorry – it takes me awhile when I’m in the back yard like this. So…how long do you think the moon has been hanging up there in space like that?”

“Well, it's been there at least for the ten and one-half years that I have been alive.” Tim yawned.

“Seriously, Tim. My Sunday school teacher said that God created the world about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. So if the moon was created on the third day, then it could be close to 10,000 years old.”

“That is a long time to be hanging around in one place. Now I know for sure the moon's not made of cheese!” Tim laughed at his joke.

“But Tim, that's not long at all to God – He's been around forever.” James folded his pillow in half and tried to wedge it more comfortably under his head.

“How could someone live forever? That would mean that He was never born and that He would never die.”

“Exactly, Tim. But God's not just anyone – He is the ‘Eternal God.’"

“Wow – I think I would get tired or bored living that long. He must be really old." Tim leaned on one elbow and looked at James in the darkness. "Do you think God has white hair?”

James tried to think of a way to explain, but it was hard. “Well, I know He doesn't look like us, and He doesn't age the same way we do. He doesn't have to live by time like we do. He doesn't have to use any calendars or clocks.”

“No? But how does He know when to do things? Doesn't He ever forget?”

“Shhh! If you keep asking questions so loud, you're going to wake up my parents. Maybe even the neighbors! Anyway, I'm not sure how God can live eternally, but He does. And I don't think He forgets things. I'm glad you're coming to church with me tomorrow. We can talk to my teacher about it." James yawned. "But if we are going to be ready in the morning, don't you think we should try to get some sleep now?”

“Oh, all right, then," said Tim, a little more quietly this time. "I just hope I can remember all my questions until morning. Now I'm the one who's wide awake!”

Our God lives forever.

My Response:
» Have you ever just sat and thought about how long forever is?
» From his conversation about the Eternal God, how might James go on to tell Tim about salvation?
» Do you feel more secure, knowing that God is everlasting?

Truth In Real Life

Description of God

Greater Than Our Father Abraham
John 8:53, 56-58 "Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."


Question & Answer

Q Is obedience to the 6th commandment taught in the New Testament, too?

A Yes. For example, Jesus Himself teaches it in Matthew 19:18 – "Thou shalt do no murder."


BIG Christian Word

Lake of fire

In the Bible, the phrase "lake of fire" is used to describe a place where evil will spend eternity. It is described as a place of torment that will last forever for Satan and those whose name is not found in the book of life. This phrase is usually interpreted as another name for hell. Revelation 20: 10, 15 – "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.