“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. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Genesis 2:7-9 NKJV
I am beginning the journey yet again, reading through the bible, eager to see what the Lord will bring to my mind this year. I decided to choose a different plan this time, to add a little change up, for I had used the previous one three years running. As I started, I read through the first two chapters of Genesis, the account of creation.
I noticed, probably for the first time, that God laid aside the creation of man, reflecting on it again, as a separate event, more significant. In that I could sense that this was meaningful for the Lord. After creating the sun, the moon and the stars, all the birds, various other creatures and creeping things, He settled down to create His masterpiece.
I was reading the beginning of a love story, of a loving, all powerful God, creating one who would be with Him, who would reflect Him in human form.
“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.”
Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV
Upon the forming of Adam from the dust, the Lord knew what was going to happen, for in His omniscience, God, the Word, knew the end from the beginning. Even at the moment, the decision was made, that one day the Lord Jesus, the Second of the Godhead, would enter this dimension, splitting time, to seek and save what was lost.
Because of the fall, because of Adam’s disobedience, sin entered the world. And because of that sin, man was separated from God. But God had a plan.
Reading from Matthew, I was moved anew by God’s grace and His willingness to use ordinary people for His glorious plan.
“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.””
Matthew 1:20-23 NKJV
When I consider the entirety of the Scriptures, I am amazed at the relentless love of the Father, for there is a scarlet thread that winds through every book, through every story, and ever word, every jot and tittle, telling of the love of God.
It gives me pause to remember that the God who crafted the heavens and the earth, created me, and knew me before I ever was.
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
Psalms 139:13-17 NKJV
Lord, you knew everything about me, every bump that would shake my soul, every evil thought before they were even conceived, yet you loved me. More than anything, you waited, even as I threw myself into self destructive sins.
Brothers and sisters, the Lord has given us a love story, the bible, detailing His love for each of us, and His efforts to reach all those who came before us.
He gave us the Ten Commandments, the law, to show us that we are sinners. He sent His Son, the only
One able to keep the law to show us the way back to garden.
Let each of us open our Scriptures and endeavor to read more this coming year. In a world that is bereft of the true love, we will need the example that God has shown us.
Let us also go out, especially this season that has been set aside to celebrate the birth of our Savior, an tell others of this great love.
As we go, let us walk in the knowledge, that the God who banished us from the garden of Eden for our own good, is waiting to receive us back into His presence. If we had remained in the garden, we would have eaten from the tree of life, and been eternally lost. His love as so strong that He removed us from His presence, that one day would bring us back. He desires to be God with us, always with us.
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.””
Revelation 21:3-5 NKJV
He will wipe away every tear.
I know that I had many tears before I came to know the Lord. I know that there are many out there who have tears today. If you are one who has not come to know this Jesus by faith, but yet, for some reason, you have finished this blog, know that the Lord is calling you.
I tell you with great authority, He heals the broken hearted.
May this be the season, that you discover this great love story. It includes you.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
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