Dear reader, I am sure you are wondering why I would word by blog post title in the manner I have. This is a topic I have pondered on for a few days, and I will attempt to show you what I meant by “The God of Nothing”. I will start by telling you a joke that conveys what the essence of this blog post is all about.
Once there were these scientists who approached God and began telling Him how they no longer needed Him(this joke came out right after they had cloned a sheep, btw). They began telling Him all they could do, even cloning a human. When they reached down and took a handful of dirt, God smacked their hands and told them to make their own dirt. They couldn’t(theorhetically) make a man without something of substance; in this case, dirt. They had to have something to work with, iow.
See, anything we make, we have to have materials at our disposal before we can get started. The most exotic sports car had to have rubber for tires, metal for the frame, glass for the windshield, &c. These materials came from substances already in existence. The most luxurious mansion had to have wood for the framework, concrete for the foundation, glass for the windows, metal for their 10-car garage, &c. Again, they had to have something of substance before that mansion could be built. God used nothing and made everything we see with our eyes; and even that which we can’t see, seeing how expanse this universe is.
Let us go to Genesis 1 for starters. “In the beginning of God’s preparing the heavens and the earth — the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness [is] on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of the waters, and God saith, `Let light be;’ and light is.” (vss 1-3 YLT) In the beginning, we see the heavens and earth being made, and God speaking light into existence. In this case, this is natural light, not the Light, which the Triune God has always posessed. So, before there was “In the beginning”, there was nothing there. There was nothing there tangible to the eye. Yet, when God spoke, it came into existance. It was by His Words that things we see came into existence. Apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 1:20; “for the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world, by the things made being understood, are plainly seen, both His eternal power and Godhead — to their being inexcusable.” Look at what I put in italics…are plainly seen. The invisible God, God who no man can look upon His face and live(Exodus 33:20), made everything we see! How awesome is the God we serve?
Then in John 1, John wrote this; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; this one was in the beginning with God; all things through him did happen, and without him happened not even one thing that hath happened.” (vss 1-3 YLT) John was supporting everything that had happened in the creation. The invisible, Triune God, invisible to see, yet no man can look upon His face and live, spoke everything into existence. He took nothing and made a universe so large, so expanse, that no human can ever see it all, let alone, cover it all in travel.
Then in Job 26, Job wrote this about how powerful God is; “Stretching out the north over desolation, Hanging the earth upon nothing.” (vs 7 YLT) God hung this earth upon nothing! Wow. I’ll use this for a visual. You come home from work in the winter. As you step inside, you take your coat off and hang it on the coat rack next to the front door. For you to be able to do this so that it wouldn’t hit the floor, you had to have that coat rack. Without that coat rack, if you tried to hang it up with nothing there, it will hit the floor every time. Yet, God made the earth, called it ‘good and very good’, and hung it upon nothing. Again, how awesome, how wonderful, had amazing is God we serve?