First and Chiefest1
Q 1: Who is the first and chiefest being?
A: God is the first and chiefest being.
“For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.”
(Psalms 97:9 ESV)
There are a lot of people out there who like being called chief. It seems we have a chief for everything. There is a fire chief and a police chief. For businesses, we have Chief Executive Officer, Chief Brand Officer, and a Chief Financial Officer. We have a President who is also the Commander in Chief.
But what does it mean to be the chief? This is a word that people use a lot but don’t often stop to consider. The definition of a chief is “person who is highest in rank or office.” It can also mean “principal or most eminent, in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; commanding most respect; taking the lead; most valuable; most important.”
In most situations, people want to be their own chief. That is, they believe that in their own lives, they are the most important person. But the Bible teaches us something different. The Bible says that God is the first and chiefest being. There is none higher than God. Of all the chiefs in the world, God is the “chiefest.”
In the book of Isaiah, the Bible says “Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last. My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.” (Isaiah 48:12–13 ESV)
In this case, the one who is most eminent, distinguished, and commands the most respect is God himself. And He commands that respect because he is the first. Before anything else existed, God did. And because he created everything, he is the chiefest being. He is the one who has all authority. Every other chief in the world will ultimately submit to God.
Part of learning to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus is to begin by recognizing that the most important being and the one who has all authority is God himself. He is in charge. He is the First. He is the chiefest.
Read Psalm 96 and answer the following questions:
- As people recognize God’s glory, what are they called to do?
- What are some of the ‘marvelous works among all the peoples’ that God has done?
- Why do we create ‘worthless idols’ instead of worshiping God?
- In verses 11-13 the heavens and earth rejoice that God will judge the earth. Why is this joyful?