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Why were we created?

1. Does God need human beings for anything (i.e. fellowship, etc.)? What do you observe?

Who has been first to give to Me, that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the entire heaven is Mine. (Job 41:11, NASB)

The God who made the world and everything that is in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; (Acts 17:24-25, NASB)




2. Why did God create man? In speaking to the nation of Israel, the prophet Isaiah said:

Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made." (Isa 43:7, NASB)




3. What observations of the text can you make to help you understand God’s phrase "My glory?"

Then Moses said, "Please, show me Your glory!" And He said, "I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion to whom I will show compassion." (Ex 33:18-19, NASB)

Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings. And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Then fire went out from the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell face downward. (Lev 9:22-24, NASB)




4. What conclusions do you draw for the question "why were we created?" Circle key words to help your observation!

Then God said, "Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over every crawling thing that crawls on the earth." So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen 1:26-27, NASB)

Therefore they said to Him, "What are we to do, so that we may accomplish the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." (John 6:28-29, NASB)

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God. Do not offend Jews or Greeks, or the church of God; just as I also please everyone in all things, not seeking my own benefit but the benefit of the many, so that they may be saved. (1 Cor 10:31-33, NASB)




References:

1. Why Did God Create Man?


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