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Here we are into a new year and before us lie new challenges, new opportunities, new visions. The other day I read of what scientists see when they look through their huge telescopes and study the heavens.

They see new galaxies light years away. I cannot doubt these for I can look outside on a clear night and see the beauty of the heavens and declare with the Psalmist when he said, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

I like to look at the oldest history book in existence, the Bible, and look at the wonderful beginnings of the planet that we live on. There they spoke things into existence. In the beginning of the Bible we see things taking shape. First They spoke light into existence then added one more thing each day until They created the wonderful world we live in. When everything had been created and put in place in five days, the sixth day they said, “let Us make man in Our image and after Our likeness.”

Who is us? These are the three members of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) all with equal power and vision and all working in complete harmony for the good of all creation.

So man was made to have a body and mind as his Creator. At the end of the sixth day God looked upon His creation and said it was very good. This beautiful earth with the man and his wife was complete. God rested on the seventh day, not that anyone was tired but a day to look upon what had been done and to worship and praise God, who had created all things.

When we look at all things that are we see a big God that can do anything. Man disobeyed the commands of God and wanted to do things his way. As time went on and the population increased man thought of himself as equal or superior in power to God.

When the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, according to God's word to Abraham it was time for them to leave and go into Canaan. God sent Moses and his brother Aaron to speak to Pharaoh asking him to let the people go.

When they told Pharaoh what the Lord had said he answered, “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him? I know not the Lord neither will I let the people go.”

God, through Moses, sent 10 plagues on Egypt. The first three on the whole land then He made a difference between the Egyptians and the land of Goshen where the Israelites lived. No plagues fell on God's people.

In spite of these miracles Pharaoh did not let the people go until the last plague was finished, when each first born son in the whole country except the Israelites died.

The Israelites left. Several days later the Egyptians followed them wanting to bring them back. When the Israelites reached the Red Sea God held back the waters and made a pathway through the sea. The Egyptians followed.

When the people got through God let the water go and the whole host of Egyptians drowned.

God was too big for Pharaoh.

In the days of Daniel the king of Babylon had a huge image of gold made, 90 feet high, to look like the image he had seen in a dream. (In the dream only the head was of gold which represented Babylon.) The king wanted his empire to last so he made the whole image of gold.

To make sure this would last he had all the important people in the kingdom come to dedicate the image. Then, he told everyone to bow down and worship the image to ensure loyalty.

Everyone bowed except Daniel's three friends: Shadrach, Meshach and Adednego. They stood tall for they worshiped only God. Because of this they were summoned to the king. They told him they worshiped only God.

The king had a furnace built for any that would not obey. They would be thrown into the furnace then he said to the men, “And who is that God who will deliver you out of my hands?”

The king was the world's most powerful man so he had the three young men thrown into the fire. But, to the king's amazement, he saw four men in the furnace....alive in the fire.

God, who was a little bigger than Nebuchadnezzar, walked into the furnace with His faithful followers and protected them from the fire. The God of the old testament is a big God that is able to look after His people no matter what their problem or who their enemy is


Next week: New Testament: A Small God.