Monday, February 10, 2014

In The beginning

In The Beginning God Created.

    [Through other eyes.  I have been reading Genesis in a comic book form.  The illustrator is respectful, accurate, and honors the truth.  We tend to ‘sanitize’ the Scriptures and ignore the actions of real people doing real things in often lurid ways.  God love His Creation – but with a tough love.  We are being given a knowledge of both good and evil.  But God is God!]

   "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. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light."  Gen 1:1-3

   "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?  Tell Me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements?  Surely you know!  Or who stretched the line upon it?  To what were its foundations fastened?  Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?"  Job 38:4-7

   "For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the Lord, and there is no other.  I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, 'Seek Me in vain'; I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right."  Isaiah 45:18-19

   "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."  Gen 1:26-28

    "Finally, God created people.  He created them in His image, male and female.  What does this mean?  God created them mischief-makers, who cannot leave well enough alone.  Who are restless, on the move, who pursue and are pursued.  Creatures never satisfied, born to create something new, and who plan and build and paint and weave and cook and carve and hunt and fish and play.  And scheme.  ("Man schemes, God laughs.")  People who are filled with fierce desires.  But people who can and will respond to God."  Gali

    Jesus is the Eternal Word.

    "What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?  For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor." Psalms 8:4-5; Hebrews 2:6-9

    "For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."  2 Peter 1:16-17

    "What we do see is Jesus: How can the church persevere when evil and death are still in the world? We look to Jesus both in his human life in a position "a little lower than the angels" and in his exaltation, now "crowned with glory and honor." His suffering as a human being led to his exaltation (see Phil 2:5-11; cp. Isa 52:13- 53:12). See also Hebrews 12:1-13; 2:10-18 At least four reasons why the Son of God became human are implied in this passage. First, it was only right: It is consistent with what we know of God's character that he would accomplish salvation in this way (2:10). Second, Jesus had to become human to die (2:14). Third, high priests, as detailed in the OT law, had to come from among God's people (2:17). Fourth, Jesus became a sympathetic priest, experiencing the suffering and testing we know as humans (2:18)."  —NLT Study Bible

    As Creator, God is working and sorting in His World.

    "But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." ' " Matt 13:29-30

    "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created."  Rev 4:11

    "Rev 4:1-11 The description of God's throne room stretches the imagination. It builds on the visions of Isa 6:1-4, Ezek 1:4-28, and Dan 7:9-10, where God is seen enthroned in power and majesty. God's throne dominates Revelation, and the worship in the rest of the book flows from this scene. God's magnificence, grace, and glory are fundamental to the church's worship."  NLT Study Bible