Monday, November 29, 2010

From the Beginning - November 29, 2010

Genesis 1:26-31 (New International Version, ©2010)
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Why did God decide to start a conversation with us? I mean why did He create us in the first place? Theologians would say that we were created to bring God glory, but when you really think about it, I think we were something more special than that.

Take for instance God's "example" here on earth. He created man and women, male and female, and they began the first earthly family. He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply by bearing children, and to fill the earth that He had created for them; for their enjoyment. Thing is though that without a very important ingredient, none of this could have moved forward. In creating man and woman, God imparted into them that single most important ingredient that has caused the world to "go round" since the beginning. He imparted them with love.

Now I believe God created all this, He created us, because He wanted to demonstrate what was at His core: Love. He wanted something, someone to love, and He wanted that someone to love Him back. All of the rest of creation could not return to Him what He wanted most from the beginning of time. ...And so begins that first conversation, that first interaction, that first demonstration of His love.

3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Jeremiah 31:3(New International Version, ©2010)

Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

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