‘Let there be…and it was so’

Sunday’s Scripture – September 13, 2020

Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8

 

Reflection

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…Then God said, ‘Let there be…and it was so’…And God saw that it was good.’”

Words create Worlds. God’s Words create good Worlds because God is Good.

God spoke into existence a perfect creation filled with creatures made in God’s perfect image by breathing perfect breath into humans so that they would come alive (Gen 2:4-7). All to enjoy perfect relationship with God forever.

In a word, it was perfect. (Think: whole, complete, fulfilled)

And, this good creation included boundaries. God’s Word ordered the chaos, put things in their place, and told the sea it could only come so far. If God is good, then God’s created boundaries are good too.

“You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the three of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” (Gen 2:15-17)

God’s boundaries are not about power, but about love. God says “no” to whatever would harm us.

Well, all was well. Until the serpent had a few words of his own.

“Did God say…?…You will not die…you will be like God. (Gen 3:4-5) (Nevermind the fact that humanity was already like God, being made in God’s likeness.)

Yes, words create worlds. The serpent’s words create evil worlds because the serpent is evil. Those words created a world of doubt, temptation, deception, and persuasion. The serpent is not the opposite of God, though; equal in power, just evil. No, the best the serpents words could do was distort the goodness of God’s creation.

The consequences were tragic. Now, instead of enjoying perfect relationship with God, humanity hides from the very Being who gives us life, who sustains our life, who saves our life. (Gen 3:8)

Friends, we must immerse ourselves in the Word of God. It’s vital that we know God’s Word (and take God at God’s word.)  If we don’t know what God says, then we will believe what the enemy says.

We face the same choice as those first humans everyday. Whose voice will we listen to (and can we tell the difference)? Whose words will be choose to obey? Which world do we want to live in?

 

Questions

  • Do you feel like you know God’s words and can hear God’s voice?
  • If so, what does this look like for you? If not, what’s one small change you can make in order to grow in this area?
  • Well? Which world do you want to live in today? An unintentional choice here is a choice for the wrong world.

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