Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Breath of Life

This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Genesis 2:4-7, NKJV

Breath of Life

Genesis 2:4 and 5 give us a lovely poetic summary of God's creation as given in Genesis 1. Beginning with the words, "This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created."

How Satan has persisted among the people of this world to strike these very words from existence, and yet here they are simply proclaimed by God Himself. This is (emphasis on is) the history of the heavens and the earth. How much easier it is for us to simply claim what God has proclaimed in His Word than to conjure up some fantastic version, from the realms of Satan, to deny the truths proclaimed in Genesis.

God then continues, "Before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown." In God's creation of the plants, we are told that He simply watered them by causing a mist to rise up from the earth and water the whole face of the ground.

However, something was missing, was it not? "And there was no man to till the ground." The creation was not quite complete, for God had yet to create Adam and Eve. How was Adam created? "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

What is the difference between the creation of the animals and the creation of man? When God created man, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. The very breath of God was breathed into Adam. Adam, unlike the animals, had a living soul. He was not simply another animal in God's creation, but he was the ultimate created being on this earth, created in the image of God. To mankind, alone, would be given the command to subdue the earth.

All of earth: plants, animals, creatures of the sea, and birds of the air would be placed under the dominion of mankind. Mankind would be God's caretakers of this earth He had created.

How have we done? As in all things, the entrance of sin into this world has essentially destroyed everything. If God had simply left the entire care of this earth to mankind, there would be no hope.

However, that is not what God did. Though mankind was given the charge to take dominion over the earth, God never left total control to mankind. Instead, God continues to watch over His creation and guide its history. Though Satan tried desperately to destroy God's creation, beginning with mankind, God never totally abandoned His creation to the forces of evil.

Rather, God planned, even before His creation, a history with a beginning and an end, culminating in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ at the last day. Taking final victory over Satan and his evil forces, the Lord Jesus Christ will rule over the new heavens and the new earth forever and ever!

Let us, then, not despair when we see the inroads of evil that have seemed to take over all aspects of governing this earth. Though God has allowed this, He has never relinquished His ultimate control. Satan knows that his days are limited and that the final story has already been written. Though he will continue to fight until the very last day, his doom is sure.

As we travel through the book of Genesis, we will see that God's people have never served Him perfectly. Again and again, they are tempted to sin against the very God they profess to love. Is that any different than in our day? No! Though we love God and serve Him from the depths of our hearts, yet we continually see sin raise its ugly head in our lives.

Yet God, in His great love and mercy guided and directed His children through those days just as He guides and directs His children today. Let us praise and thank our dear Lord and Savior for His great salvation and His comforting hand of love and guidance.

God Bless You,
Linda

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