Thursday, June 30, 2016

Creation Day 1: Light and Darkness

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5, NKJV

Creation Day 1: Light and Darkness

On the first day, God created light. He then divided that light from the darkness. The light was called Day and the darkness was called Night. 

Because the heavens were not created until the second day, let us think about this. We know that when God creates the New Jerusalem there will be no darkness. 

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.
Revelation 22:5

We assume that God needed the sun to create light, but according to Revelation 22, we see that God Himself can provide light without the means of the sun or moon. Also, as we go through the days of creation, the sun and moon are not even created until the 4th day. 

Right from the beginning of the book of Genesis, we find that, though we are made in the image of God, we are not God. We cannot even begin to fathom His amazing abilities. As we walk through these days of creation, we find them mind-boggling. Our God, literally, spoke this world into existence, one day at a time.

For those of you who appreciate a more theological explanation for this view of each day being a 24 hour day, I offer you the following quote I found on this website:

The language of the Genesis account makes it clear that all of creation was formed from nothing in six literal 24-hour periods with no time periods occurring between the days. This is evident because the context requires a literal 24-hour period. The description specifically describes the event in a manner that a normal, common-sense reading understands as a literal day: “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day” (Genesis 1:1).  Further, each sentence in the original language begins with the word “and.” This is good Hebrew grammar and indicates each sentence is built upon the preceding statement, clearly indicating that the days were consecutive and not separated by any period of time. The Genesis account reveals that the Word of God is authoritative and powerful. Most of God’s creative work is done by speaking, another indication of the power and authority of His Word.

As you go about the duties of this day, think of this amazing God we serve. Since God created this world, one day at a time, simply by speaking, cannot we trust Him to lead and guide us these few days we spend on this earth?

God Bless You,
Linda
 
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the Beginning: A Study of the Book of Genesis

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:1-2, NKJV

In the Beginning

Taken from the words of "Do, Re, Mi" - 

Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start.

Today we are beginning what will probably end up being a "mammoth" study on the book of Genesis. My goal is to go through the entire book a few verses at a time.

As an introduction, I would like to state my personal view of the book. Admittedly, I am not a theologian, but I am a person who has read through the Word of God countless times through my 57 years of being a believer. I take the Bible literally, and I do not apologize for that. When Genesis says, "The evening and the morning were the first day," I take that to mean a literal 24 hour day.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  

I have no problems with a God who can speak the world into existence, one 24 hour day at a time. I refuse to cram God into my lowly understanding as a human. No matter how advanced we become in our scientific studies, we will never be able to plumb the depths of the wisdom of God.

I take great comfort in that thought. That is the kind of God I want to serve. God does not run his train on my tracks. Neither does He apologize for His actions. Because we are people of sin and cannot possibly comprehend a pure, perfect, and holy God, it is easy for us to take offense at His actions.

We cannot understand why babies die, why famine exists in our world, and why we do not have world peace. Would not a God of love provide these things with no effort? That is our humanity speaking. Our righteous and holy God created this world and, even to this day, He orders its events so that nothing He has ordained will fail to come to pass. 

I do not want a wimpy God who has to wait until the mere humans make decisions to decide how He will respond. I want a righteous and holy God who orders all things perfectly. 

Man chose to sin, and God, even before the event occurred, had a plan in place to save a people for Himself. As a child of God, that is the greatest comfort imaginable. As His children, these years are but a vapor in time. At the end of our days on this earth, we will enter the courts of heaven where we will be with the Lord forever!

I am looking forward to meeting the characters of this book whose lives we will study. These are real people who really lived. I want to meet Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and especially Joseph--and what about Moses, and Caleb, and Joshua? All of these people are alive and with the Lord right now!

So, may God richly bless us as we undertake our study of the Book of Genesis.

God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, June 06, 2016

Taking a Short Break!

Taking a Short Break!

Hope to be back next week.

In Christ,
Linda