I am really excited to begin my daily bible reading and commentary today. I am doing this to reach two goals for 2015:
- To immerse myself in God’s Word, so that I may be fed and enlightened spiritually.
- To live more deliberately and purposefully by having 15-30 minutes of quiet reflection time every day.
I am using the NLT One Year Chronological Bible; thus I will read the entire Bible in 2015. I will post the next day’s verses in each post so you can read along as well, regardless of what Bible you have.
I invite you to join me on this journey!
Today, two passages stand out to me. First is Genesis 1:1 which says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
This is a familiar verse, the very first in the entirety of the Bible.
But to me, its meaning and impact is profound.
For if by faith we accept this statement, that God created everything, than that dramatically alters our perspective on life. Life is no longer about US. It’s about HIM.
Think about what he created:
- The Earth is 92,960,000 miles away from the sun.
- The Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years across. A light year is the distance that light travels in one year: almost 6 TRILLION miles (9.4607 × 1015 meters). So just our galaxy is 6 trillion X 100,000 miles across. Try and understand that.
- But that’s just OUR galaxy. Scientists and astronomers estimate there are probably more than 100 billion (1011) galaxies in the observable Universe.
If God created everything, including us, then we are his. Everything is his. And if that is true, than we would be wise to understand how he wants us to live our lives and do our best to follow him.
Beyond that, we should love him. Obey him. And worship him. Because if for no other reason, he loved us first simply by creating us.
The second passage of scripture relates to the first. It is Genesis 3:22, which reads, “Then the Lord God said, “The people have become as we are, knowing everything, both good and evil. What if they eat the fruit of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!”
We know the story; God creates Adam, and from Adam he creates Eve, his companion and helpmate. The serpent tricks Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, and Adam eats as well.
In this very act, sin entered the world. We can see its affects immediately, as Adam and Eve feel shame realizing they are naked. Then, almost comically, when God asks them why they disobeyed, Adam chucks Eve (and God) under the proverbial bus; and Eve blames the lowly serpent.
As a result, God kicks Adam and Eve out of the Garden. We often look at this as punishment, and it may have been.
But, more importantly, it was an amazing act of grace by God.
Because if Adam and Eve would have been allowed to remain in the Garden, the scripture tells us they would have lived forever. And they would have lived forever in a world with sin; with pain and fear and anger.
That wasn’t what God intended.
So he makes Adam and Eve leave the garden. By doing so, without access to the tree of life, they will eventually die.
Dying is bad, right?
No. Dying is what allows us to be reunited with God, in a place with no more pain, no more tears, not more sadness.
Just as God intended it to be.
So banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden was an act of loving grace.
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