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WHAT IS THE DERAKIM?
There are two great revelatory moments in history, when God told us who He is. The first time is on mount Sinai when He describes His ways (Hebrew: derakim) to Moses (Exodus 34:6). The second time He describes His ways in person of Jesus Christ, when "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). Both events reveal that God is
compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger
and great in lovingkindness
This amazing string of words is called The Derakim (The Ways), and they first came directly from the mouth of God. This is the most foundational description of God in the Bible. Psalmist sing about it (Psalm 86:15; 103:8; 145:8), the prophets proclaim it (Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2), and Jesus Christ embodied it. The Derakim can bring peace to the restless human soul: It can satisfies our deepest longings, and answers the greatest questions of our human existence. It is a key for understanding the mysteries of the Scripture, and is the clearest statement of theology ever given to humanity. Jesus once said that eternal life was a matter of coming to know the only true God (John 17:3). In Scripture, those who know God know The Derakim.
DID GOD REALLY SAY...?
Theologians down through history have insisted on steering us away from the simple message of The Derakim, and leading us into a labyrinth of speculation about God’s infinite nature. The life-changing experience of God we all long for can only be experienced as we see Him and know Him as a child would—embracing the simple words of The Derakim.
GOD WANTS TO WRECK YOUR THEOLOGY
Ultimately God allows trials to come into our lives so that we give up our warped vision of Him, and embrace Him as He wants us to know Him—the God of The Derakim. The book of Job provides us with a classic paradigm of how God moves us from theology to intimacy with Him.