Who is God?

The books of Genesis and Exodus serve a vital role in the Bible, developing
the identity of the Hebrew people and their relationship with God. The maturation
of people’s relationships with God also serves to develop him as a character, with
many very human traits. The first impression of God as an omnipotent, creative
force serves to drive home the celestial nature of God, to the point of two separate
creation stories. Once man is created and the first relationship with God is born, he
loses some of this ethereal ambiguity. God does issue declarations, but he also
produces all of the animals for Adam to name and select from. This almost seems to
be an act of servitude to Adam and makes God seem much more mundane. Noah’s
relationship with God is key because of the covenant. An agreement between God
and man makes him accountable in some way, which is God’s submission to
something greater than his own momentary will. Abraham is the next big relational
step in defining God’s character; there is a real dialogue with God and a second
covenant similar to Noah’s in scope. The link between God and Moses gives more
insight than any other, and is arguably the most human relationship any of the
Patriarchs have with God. The agreements between God and Moses are more
unique, they involve negotiation and seem much more human than divine. As
important as Moses’ relationship with God is, it has far less significance without the
model of some of the earlier Patriarchs, particularly Noah and Abraham.

Moses however. By entering into a mutual agreement with Noah and his offspring. This is huge in defining God as a character. Noah’s interactions with God are reminiscent of Adam’s. and I will make you into a great nation.Noah and Abraham are both key to elucidating God’s character through a few key exchanges. When the Hebrews idolatrize the golden calf. God’s covenant with Noah changes everything. Abram furthers this covenantal relationship. This contractual relationship serves to put God at humanity’s mercy if he does not follow through. but yet again God chooses to come down to the human level. God is enraged declaring. Moses has a lot more freedom in his relationship with God. they become more accountable to God but God also becomes accountable to them. After the flood. will not tolerate his kinsman’s obliteration and questions God with logical arguments and an . which allows for a greater variety of interactions and much more insight into the character of God. God must encourage Moses in an almost fatherly way. “my anger will be kindled against them so that I will annihilate them. generally God treats Noah as a subject of his power and a representative to manipulate the world. In their first interaction. the covenant is almost an admission that God got carried away in his mass destruction of life and an acknowledgement that such a mistake will never happen again. God promises a lot to Abraham in return for the loyalty of his descendents. which almost happens on a few occasions. God could have garnered support in a much more authoritarian way. In fact.” (Exodus 32:10) God appears to be trying to take a step back and almost turn Moses into a new Abraham as the father of a great nation. by placing himself on the same playing field as humanity God becomes relatable.

Abraham tried in earnest to stay God’s hand in Sodom and Gomorrah to no avail. Without the context of each other. Either way. (Exodus 32:14) This display of God’s self-restraint is a huge change in character. if all of the Hebrews are destroyed then it would be very hard for them to be fruitful and multiply. constantly developing character in God. Is God learning how to interact with and maintain the world alongside humanity? How truly mature is the character of God if he so frequently loses his temper and threatens or commits acts which would be seen as incredibly immoral in the realm of men? Perhaps most importantly.emotional plea. Moses succeeds in checking God’s anger and he “reconsider[s] the evil” instead of unleashing destruction. and Moses with God are fairly unenlightening. this is the first time a patriarch has negotiated with God on such an equal level. When analyzed in any depth. God reveals snippets of a very human personality. but the combined context reveals a profound. this indicates that Moses has a special relationship with God that allows him to reach God in such a state or God has matured independently and learned selfcontrol. Through his relationships with people. Abraham. the changing of God’s mind is huge when viewed in relation to God’s earlier actions. Abraham’s pleas come in the company of groveling and self-deprecation while Moses plays on God’s ego and emotions. God’s potential character opens up significantly. This time. However. This is not a new kind of interaction with God. the relationships between Noah. The Bible portrays God as a considerably deeper character than societal religious norms. however. This is also a moment where God nearly breaks his covenant with Abraham. who is this God that is worshipped by billions of people across the globe and is he worth worshipping? .