November 27, 2016
- Unfathomable (Dictionary): Not capable of being fathomed;immeasurable; and impossible to comprehend.
- Unfathomable (Bible): That which cannot be searched into, inscrutable, unfathomable; to be deep; to be surpassing or extraordinary.
“Fathom” comes to us from Old English “fæthm”, meaning “outstretched arms.” The noun “fathom “now commonly refers to a measure (especially of depth) of six feet. In one of its earliest uses, the verb “fathom” meant to encircle something with the arms as if for measuring and was also a synonym for “embrace.” The verb also developed senses synonymous with “probe” or “investigate.” It is now frequently used to refer to the act of getting to the bottom of something (figuratively speaking). People say “I just cannot fathom what they are doing!”
As Christians, we study the Bible to more fully fathom the power, the grace and the immense love of our God! A goal in this sermon was to focus on just one of the adjectives we use to describe our loving God. The adjective “unfathomable” is one of the rarely used words from Scripture to describe our God. It’s interesting that Job used the word unfathomable:
Job 9:6-10: ” 6 Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;7 Who commands the sun, not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;8 Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;9 Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south ;10 Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.”(NASB)
Job saw God’s power and grandeur as he looked at creation. We look to the stars, like Job, and know in our innermost sprit that they were all created by God! How could anyone deny God’s power and creativity after seeing the stars? We quickly reach a place of silence and awe as we look at what God has done in His creation design. There just are no words able to capture His glory!
Romans 11:32-36: ” 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (NASB)
The Apostle Paul understood the love and forgiveness of God and stated plainly that God is the source of all mercy and glory! God offers a rich treasury of grace for us and it is available only through our Savior Jesus. Paul knew that!
Ephesians 3:8-10: ” 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. (NASB)
What we know is that we serve an infinite God who is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent! These are just a few of God’s infinite attributes as He Himself is timeless and limitless in every way. God knew we were lost and had a finite or limited understanding of God’s person. So God sent His only Son and Jesus brought a far deeper understanding of our loving God!
John 14:7-9: 7 “If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (HCSB)
So we see that Jesus came to reveal His Father and to bring salvation in the fullness of time. Yes, God is unfathomable, but through Jesus we now have a stronger faith and understanding of how deeply our God loves us. We may be limited by our available vocabulary but unlimited by our praise, worship and prayers! His Son on the cross-dying for me-I can only cry out ABBA Father!