Post Author: Bill Pratt
Skeptics of Christianity love to point out all the difficult passages in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. By noting these difficult passages, skeptics explicitly or implicitly imply that Christians are foolish (or even deranged) for worshiping the God described in the Old Testament.
My problem with this implication is that the number of difficult passages are dwarfed by the number of passages that clearly describe the greatness of God. These passages come in a wide variety and they are found all over the Old Testament. The skeptic’s approach is, therefore, totally unbalanced – it does not take into consideration the totality of Scripture.
So, to the skeptics who question why I worship the God described in the Old Testament, it’s not only his wisdom, but his majesty and beauty.
The Old Testament manifestly proclaims that God is majestic and beautiful. According to Norman Geisler in his Systematic Theology, Volume Two: God, Creation, “God’s majesty consists of unsurpassed greatness, highest eminence, unparalleled exaltation, and unmatched glory.” Geisler relates that “as applied to God, beauty is the essential attribute of goodness that produces in the beholder a sense of overwhelming pleasure and delight.”
How does the Old Testament connect God with majesty and beauty?
God Is Majestic and Beautiful
“Honor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place” (1 Ch 16:27).
“Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all” (1 Ch 29:11).
“After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard” (Job 37:4).
“Out of the north comes golden splendor; around God is awesome majesty” (Job 37:22).
“The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty” (Ps 29:4).
“Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your glory and majesty” (Ps 45:3).
“The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength” (Ps 93:1).
“Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary” (Ps 96:6).
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty” (Ps 104:1).
“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate” (Ps 145:5).
“They lift up their voices, they sing for joy; they shout from the west over the majesty of the LORD” (Is 24:14).
“But there the LORD in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor stately ship can pass. For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our ruler, the LORD is our king; he will save us” (Is 33:21–22).
“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (1 Chron. 16:29).
“Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness” (2 Chron. 20:21).
“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar” (Isa. 33:17).
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Ps. 27:4).
“Worship the LORD in the beauty of his holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth” (Ps. 96:9).
“ ‘Your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect,’ declares the Sovereign Lord” (Ezek. 16:14).
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Eccl. 3:11).
In subsequent blog posts, I will look at yet more reasons to worship the God of the Old Testament.