Monday, June 1, 2015

Reading 1: The Creation

Genesis 1:1-2:25

The creation account in Genesis is one of the most argued about topics in the Bible. Is it a literal description of what happened or a metaphor? Did it take exactly seven days or the millions of years geologist claim? Was man formed from the dust just as it says or was it the process of evolution? While these are the questions many are asking I don't think they are the vital takeaways from the account. I believe there are 4 main takeaways:

1. God is Creator

 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). Our God is a creative God with a wild imagination. Look at all the strange creatures we have around.

Who has the imagination to make a Platypus?
God's power is enough that He could have blinked and, BOOM, universe made. But instead the creation account shows that God had a creative process forming each thing in a specific order, building upon His creation as He goes. No matter how He did it, Big Bang & Evolution or a literal Seven Day Creation, the important thing is He is the Creator and He is why everything exists.

2. God is in Control

"Then God said, "Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights shine down on earth." And that is what happened"  (Genesis 1:14-15). Imagine this for a moment: if we take our usual picture of God as a man with a long, white beard (as untrue as it may be) and he says "let there be stars," and then out of His mouth pops out the sun.

That would burn coming up
 That is how powerful and in control God is. All He does is say, "Let there be lights," and billions of gigantic fireballs appear in the sky. This God who can speak things into existence cares deeply for us. If our God can create everything by speaking and cares deeply for us then if we choose to place all our trust in Him He will guide us to the things that are best for us.

3. God Cares Intimately about Creation

"Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person" (Genesis 2:7). This verse shows how much God cares for us. Instead of just speaking us into existence He purposely formed mankind from the dust of the earth and breathed life into us. He intimately created us.

He cares about all His creation. He desired mankind to care for His creation, "The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it" (Genesis 2:15). He wanted us to love His creation just as He loved it.

4. God Has A Calling for Us

"So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals" (Genesis 2:19-20). God created us not just to work and tend Creation but to work alongside God. God invites us into partnership with Him to bring and maintain His kingdom.

God wants to have a relationship with us and work with us to see Creation be what it was always meant to be: paradise.

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