The Garden–Genesis 2 Part 2

When God finished with the earth…It was set up for man to enjoy, not for him to work on it.  There were no weeds or grains simply fruits and vegetables for all to enjoy. We have to remember it was man’s sin that changed the Dynamic not the Lord’s creation.  The wonder of an earth where all was lush and beautiful and while everything was available, there was no need to hoard or exploit the beauty.

That is still his model for our lives.  Admittedly, this is not the Garden–but, we can still enjoy what he has provided without having to hoard or exploit it.  We need to be Generous with God and others.  We need to be content, whatever our circumstances and we need to be trusting and hopeful that God will provide as he did then,  In Malachi 3 God says trust me, try me prove me…he promises that if we will not let our stuff become our focus–if we will release the tithe to him he will,  as in the Garden, make our lives rich and plentiful!

God Bless You 

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs[b] came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Holiness of the Seventh Day–Genesis 2 Part 1

On the seventh Day God looked at his completed creation and rested from all the work he had done.  What a moment in time that must have been.  There, before him, was the wonder of the universe.  He created a pristine planet, he created such amazing creatures on land sea and air.  He created man.

Why do we set a day apart as holy?  It is because we worship a grand creator that poured all he had into designing and building a place we could call home. He knew that we must stop periodically to reflect and reset.  We reflect on the wonders of our creator, Savior and Lord. We reset on the fact that as we follow him, God will provide, protect and prepare us for eternity in heaven, with him.

One day, set apart from our insane schedules, to remember that he is truly God.  He–who called creation into being, wants to spend time with us to connect and to be a part of our lives.  When you consider his work, sacrifice and wonder…that is not too much to ask!

God Bless You

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested[a] from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

Saving the Best for Last–Genesis 1 Final

After doing all the preparation, God finished out creation by filling his lush and beautiful earth with animals.  It must have been beautiful.  The glorious skies pure and pristine–filled with birds of all colors and sizes, oceans and lakes teaming with some of the most amazing creatures and now God filled the land with amazing animals and finally, the guest of honor…Man. 

Say what you will, but this was a gift for us.  We were given dominion over the earth and all the wonderful things it contains.  If we were not so stinking sinful, selfish and stingy, we could have enjoyed a lifetime of beauty and splendor.  We still are called to be good stewards of this gift, BUT, we were never called to worship the created earth! We were, are and always will be called to worship its amazing creator!!!

If we could ever grasp that the wonder is not the universe, but, its designer, implementer and caretaker; then we would not only adore this creation, but we would be free to celebrate it as a great gift and be free in God’s presence to trust, follow and watch him do miraculous things in our lives.

Remember at the beginning of that week, the earth was without form and darkness loomed over the face of the earth–BUT THEN, God said let their be light, AND THERE WAS–and he can do it again today! Join me in prayer to ask him to bring light back to the world, our country, our churches and our spirits!

God Bless You

Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
    In the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

Execution and Preparation–Genesis 1 Continued

The beautiful artistry of God was not done randomly nor was it done as an end to itself.  Day four and five of creation revealed God’s purpose and preparation. He created the sun, moon and stars to be lights, to be placeholders and to mark important events like the seasons.  He then filled the earth with animals like fish in the sea and birds in the air, each population to be a part of the workings of his plan.  The joy of day six

It is amazing How God not only works his plan but delights in putting it together.  He does that in our lives as well.  He knows what is planned for us and has since the beginning.  He wants us to be prepared for the life he has set out for us.  He intends to spend an eternity with us and wants us to be ready to receive all that is in store.  He cares for our lives as much as he cared for the creation.  That is pretty amazing!

God Bless You 

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. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.

Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”

23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

Creating…Genesis 1 Part 3 (Message Bible)

Artists are a thrill to watch.  As they mold, paint, bend and create–the products, much like the treasures from a mighty magician’s hat, confound and amaze us.  So it was with creation. God thought it through!  Light, sky, water, land, plants, crops, and as he imagined–it became. The entire universe–an expanse that we still cannot imagine–set out at the word of the master.

In the midst of the creativity, though, was the infrastructure for his deepest desire–us.  He was not acting as a child blindly finger painting.  He was crafting a place to share with his most beloved creation–man. Creating with purpose was God’s first verse of the most amazing love song ever written.  When we realize that each act was and is done with purpose–then we will be able to rest in his arms and allow him to call the shots.  It will be the greatest show on earth!

Thanks Lord for your creativity and your plan!

God Bless You

Sometimes, we need to sit back and reflect on God’s creative nature and sense of order.  He made things beautiful! We just had peak leaves and man, the reds, yellows and oranges literally bring tears to ones eyes.

 

God spoke: “Light!”
        And light appeared.
    God saw that light was good
        and separated light from dark.
    God named the light Day,
        he named the dark Night.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day One.

6-8 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
        separate water from water!”
    God made sky.
    He separated the water under sky
        from the water above sky.
    And there it was:
        he named sky the Heavens;
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Two.

9-10 God spoke: “Separate!
        Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
    Land, appear!”
        And there it was.
    God named the land Earth.
        He named the pooled water Ocean.
    God saw that it was good.

11-13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
        of seed-bearing plants,
    Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
        And there it was.
    Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
        all varieties,
    And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
        God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Three

Genesis 1 Part 2–In the Beginning God…

I was reminded this morning that God created the Heavens and the Earth.  Now, while that may not seem like a big deal– or very applicable to today’s life issues, when you stop and think about it–That should provide comfort, direction and peace no matter what life circumstance hits you today.  You see God spoke, and Christ set about creating the enormity of the universe and the intricacy of a DNA string. He aligned the planet orbit around the sun specifically at a point that is livable for plant and animal life.

That same God cares personally for us. He loves and guides us.  He protects and provides for us.  He carries us through unspeakable horrors and rejoices with us during unforgettable victories.  He is always available and always willing to meet us right where we are.  He recognizes our uniqueness’s and treasures them.

In the beginning God created this plan, your plan and saw you and said it was Good!

God Bless You

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

 

Let There Be Light–Genesis 1 Part 1

Why, in the midst of Eternity, did God suddenly decide that creation would be a Good thing?  First, God never suddenly decided anything.  God has shown beyond all doubt that he has a plan and is in control.  He knew the creation’s timing, method and plan for execution.  He literally surveyed infinity and called creation into being–Let there be Light! It is awe inspiring to think that the very first thing that was necessary for creation was Light! He took an entire day making it.

Light is a critical element in life.  It brings knowledge, warmth, sight and understanding.  It is revealing, comforting guiding and engulfing.  We hate the dark.  its scary and evil.  God saw that the light and dark must be separate and he did that first! In our daily lives, we have to chase the light.

We should remember it was a priority for God and a gift for us.  Help me Lord to walk in the Light!In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

God Bless You

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.