One in Messiah Congregation

The Attributes of God

Gen. 1:26 -And God said: Let us make man in "our" image, after "our" likeness

[27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ נַעֲשֶׂה וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים

Gen.9 [6] Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

The more I looked, the more I saw we are made in HIS IMAGE and HIS LIKENESS


Rambam (Maimonides; Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon) (1135-1204 C.E.)

Should we believe him? Not in everything. Sounds like he added to the Word of God.

A physician born in Moorish Cordoba, Rambam lived in a variety of places throughout the Moorish lands of Spain, the Middle East and North Africa, often fleeing persecution. He was a leader of the Jewish community in Cairo. He was heavily influenced by Greek thought, particularly that of Aristotle.

Rambam was the author of the Mishneh Torah, one of the greatest codes of Jewish law, compiling every conceivable topic of Jewish law in subject matter order and providing a simple statement of the prevailing view in plain language. In his own time, he was widely condemned because he claimed that the Mishneh Torah was a substitute for studying the Talmud.

Rambam is also responsible for several important theological works. He developed the 13 Principles of Faith, the most widely accepted list of Jewish beliefs. He also wrote the Guide for the Perplexed , a discussion of difficult theological concepts written from the perspective of an Aristotelian philosopher.

Attribute - A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something. An object associated with and serving to identify a character, personage, or office - To relate to a particular cause or source; ascribe: attributed their failure to a lack of preparation. To regard as the work of a specified agent, place, or time: attributed the painting to Titian; attributed the vase to 18th-century Japan. An object associated with and serving to identify a character, personage, or office: face, hand, arm voice, etc. of God, Grammar. A word or phrase syntactically subordinate to another word or phrase that it modifies; for example, my sister's and brown in my sister's brown dog.

an·thro·po·mor·phism n - Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena. anthropomorhic adj.


Metaphysics. An underlying philosophical or theoretical principle, used with a sing. verb) Philosophy. The branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value. (used with a pl. verb) The theoretical or first principles of a particular discipline: the metaphysics of law. (used with a sing. verb) A priori speculation upon questions that are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment. (used with a sing. verb) Excessively subtle or recondite reasoning.

philosophy: Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry: the philosophy of Hume.

The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs.

The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology.

The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.

A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or activity; an underlying theory: an original philosophy of advertising.

A system of values by which one lives: has an unusual philosophy of life

Rambam said God is not anthropomorhic. We will see what God's Words says about that below. We use only the Word of God, not our opinions.


Here are just a "few" attributes of God in the Scriptures

Image of God, knows good & evil, eyes of the LORD, LORD smelled, anger of the LORD, anger of the LORD was kindled, voice of the LORD God, His ears, His heart, face of the LORD, hand of the LORD, arm of the LORD, mouth of the LORD, finger of God, breath of God, jealous God, pitiful, The Lord spake to so many people, thinks, remembers, considers, He Blesses and curse, sees, talks, stands, sits, hears

God has a Son (His Word), Spirit, army, host, angels, kingdom

all: power,strength, wisdon, understanding, might, knowledge, knowing - the hearts of men

Some events in the Scriptures that show the some of the Lord's Attributes

Saw that it was good

Cast out the angels that sinned - * Jude & 2nd Peter 2

The Flood

Destroyed Sodom & Gormorrha

slew kings, nations, Pharaoh, etc...

Just a few verses........

Heb. 4[15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Prov.8 [17] I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Deut.11 [12] A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year

Gen.8[21] And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart , I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Gen.8 [1] And God remembered Noah , and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

Pss.5[1] Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

Pss.34 [15] The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Exod.33 [ 18] And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19] And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
[20] And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
[21] And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
22] And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
23] And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts : but my face shall not be seen.

Pss.86 15] But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Pss.78 [38] But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

Pss.145 [8] The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Pss.146 [8] The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:[9] The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Pss.40 [17] But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

2Cor .4[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Deuteronomy Chapter 6 verse 15 - קַנָּא יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ jealous God, even the LORD thy God


אַף־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ anger of the LORD thy God


H639 אף 'aph af

From H599; properly the nose or nostril ; hence the face , and occasionally a person ; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire: - anger (-gry), + before, countenance, face, + forbearing, forehead, + [long-] suffering, nose, nostril, snout, X worthy, wrath.


H3707 כּעס kaas kaw-as'

A primitive root; to trouble ; by implication to grieve , rage, be indignant: - be angry, be grieved, take indignation, provoke (to anger, unto wrath), have sorrow, vex, be wroth.

Wrath H5678 עברה ebrah eb-raw'

Feminine of H5676; an outburst of passion: - anger, rage, wrath.

H2740 חרן חרון charon khaw-rone', khaw-rone'

From H2734; a burning of anger: - sore displeasure, fierce (-ness), fury, (fierce) wrath (-ful).

H7110 קצף qetseph keh'-tsef

From H7107; a splinter (as chipped off); figuratively rage or strife: - foam, indignation, X sore, wrath.


Deut. 6:15

פֶּן־יֶחֱרֶה אַף־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בָּךְ, וְהִשְׁמִידְךָ, מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה

lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled -

H2734 חרה charah khaw-raw'

A primitive root (compare H2787); to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy: - be angry, burn, be displeased, X earnestly, fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, X very, be wroth. See H8474.


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