GOD’S RELATIONAL PRESENCE: The Heart of the Biblical Story

Volume 15, No. 4 (April 2020)

“The triune God desires a personal relationship with His people and so makes His presence known to establish and cultivate this relationship. . . .

This relational presence of God lies at the heart of the Bible’s overall message.”

(J. Scott Duvall and J Daniel Hays, God’s Relational Presence:
The Cohesive Center of Biblical Theology,

Gen. 2—3 (fellowship with God in the garden)

Gen. 3:8   And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 

Gen. 26:3 “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you [Isaac] and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father.”

Gen. 31:3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”

Gen. 48:21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers.

Ex. 3:12 He said, “But I will be with you [Moses], and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

Ex. 6:7 “I will take you to be My people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”

Ex. 40:34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Lev. 26:11 “I will make my dwelling among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people.”

Deut. 31:8 “It is the LORD who goes before you [Joshua]. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Josh. 1:5 “No man shall be able to stand before you [Joshua] all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”

1Kings 11:38 And if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did, I will be with you and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.2Chr. 7:1 As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

Is. 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Is. 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”

Jer. 1:8 “Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the LORD.”

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matt. 28:20 “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

John 14:17 … “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

2Cor. 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Phil. 4:9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

2Th. 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

Heb. 13:5 He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Rev. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.”

These precious promises call for worship and adoring praise from His people!

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