Monday, June 15, 2009
In the beginning...
Well, I'm finally back to a somewhat normal routine. Got my oldest son settled in his apartment in Dallas over the weekend. Though we miss him very much, life continues.
And so does my Bible reading. Yes, I started in Genesis today! Woohoo! The very first verse in the Bible is soooo interesting!
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Think about it! Nothing existed. No earth. No planets. No sun. No stars. No nothing. Only God, who has always been and will always be. (I know, I know. That's hard to comprehend, until you understand we are not meant to comprehend it. Just accept it and move on.)
The Hebrew word used for "God" in this verse is "Eloim", which is plural. What does that mean? It means God is referring to himself as 'more than one'. In Gen. 1:26 he makes this clear:
"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness..."
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit created the earth and everything else.
Notice that after each day and each creation, "God saw that it was good." Everything He created was good. But on the sixth day--the day he created man--"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." Do you get it? God was wonderfully pleased with his creation called 'man'. He was very pleased to create a man and a woman and he blessed them. That's why marriage between a man and woman is so sacred. It was always God's original plan. It's right there in black and white.
As a kid I often wondered where dinosaurs fit into the whole creation picture. Well, the answer is in Genesis 1:24-25. God made all the wild animals and all the creatures that move along the ground on the sixth day. The same day he made Adam and Eve. So to those who think dinosaurs lived on earth millions of years before people...
One other interesting tidbit is in 1:30 where God says, "And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.'
Does this mean that ALL animals were herbivores? Did lions and tigers and T-rex's all eat grass and plants before the fall? Kinda looks that way to me!
God has an amazing plan for us! Just read Genesis 1 and you'll see how it all falls in place. In perfect order.