In The Beginning
by Jesus Puppy
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In this, I wish to point out, that I do not, in anyway, claim to know the greatness of God's thought, these words are but my own understanding, as gained through much study and prayer for God's leading, understanding, and knowledge.
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Gen. 1:5.. "... And the evening and the morning were the first day." The first few days of any project is paramount to the ending, be that the first days of summer plans, or the first days of work, the beginning of any project. If we come in late for work, is shows bad on us, and if we are over eager, that as well shows what will be come of us on that job.. In this, God was no different, the first days of creation were the laying of the foundation for all life that was to come, even the way man would be, and the things that would become of him.
The first day... (Gen. 1:1) "In the beginning GOD created the Heavens and the earth.." It does not say that He had all his angels working hard in creating the earth and the heavens, God Himself made first the heavens then the earth, in that order, even as he made man then woman, in order.
(v:2-a) "And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep..." Even as the heart of man is without form in it's state of sin, within the world, and darkness has much sway over our being. We walk our first days not knowing that seed of sin is there, at that time. Because of the darkness around us we can not see the darkness within, and have no thought of it. But the Lord knew that darkness even when He first saw it.
Then.. (v:2-b) "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Here our hearts are wakened to the difference of right and wrong, yet with little understand as to why. As God moved upon the water, so His Spirit moves upon our heart, even today, stirring thoughts within us of the things we do and think. Life, if you will, is put into motion within our hearts. And the Lord knew then what was needed to bless that coming life in a greater way.
(v:3) "And God said, 'Let there be light, and there was light." Now is that time when we reach out, in our sinful nature, wondering, as the Spirit has opened our thought, that we look at those things we do, and the Light of God shines about, His knowledge and will, and our eyes are open to the truth of the things we see and do. We understand the difference in what we do, if it be right or wrong, and at this point begin to decide which path we will take, be it to reach out to that light, or remain in the darkness. Our loving Lord set in place then the way out, or the right path for man...
(v:4)"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." In this we can see the greatness of God's thought, as even in the beginning, He knew of the workings of man, and even laid the foundations of the salvation of man. He saw the wickedness that was in the darkness of man's heart, and knew that Light would be needed to balance our thinking, that we would know we had a choice, to turn either to the light or remain in the dark.
As with our own work, we do one thing and another takes it from there, where it will end depends on the actions of the next person down the line. With God, He placed in motion that first day the way in which we, man, might walk in safety, peace, and love, with the Light to guide us, or stumbling along in the darkness of our own thoughts, the choice was up to us then.
(v. 1:6) "Then God said, 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Next, God worked on the divisions of those two paths, of light and dark. He separated the water from the waters, yes, there were and will be some, in the Light even, that yet have that seed of darkness within, as seen in the passage of the separation of the Goats and Sheep. (Mat.25:32-46) In this, one could say the waters within the firmament, were heaven, the waters beneath the firmament were earth, and the water divided from the waters... hell.
With that, those that sought the light purely, were divided into the heavens, as the spirit of the angels. Those that sought the light yet had the seed remaining, were divided to the earth, as man. And those that chose to remain in the darkness, the spirits of darkness, their place was prepared for them, even as the light was separated from the darkness in the first day.
In this we can see our own ways to a point, we will often keep what we see as good closest to us, and those that are good, yet not pure, we may deal with, but not in the same closeness. And those persons or things we feel are not good, we tend to set aside, and have no dealings with them. Which, by the way, is the way God Himself set things up.
God continued to work on the setting up of creation. Heaven being the place of His throne, was the main work in this, I believe, and earth as the home of man, would be made a reflection of this created work. Yet the darkness is yet left Void and without form, without the Light, as it is the total separation from God. Even Christ made mention of the, "Outer Darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth."
(v. 1:9) "Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear''; and it was so." Now we come to the Hard work of the project, the real.. "pull up your sleeves and dig in," type work. Keeping in mind the greater outcome of His creation, God set forth those things that man would need to live. He would need homes, clothes, and food. Man could not live in the waters, so dry land was made.
(v. :11) "Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth''; and it was so." As a child of God's creation, man could not be made to lay in the dirt, so grass was made. With that, grain to make bread, herbs for seasoning and health, trees with fruit sweet to eat. In doing this God knew they would need times for growing, not to much light or heat, therefore He set the sun and moon in place to make the seasons, days, and years.
(v. :14) "Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;" In that, the plants would have a time of growing and a time for harvest, as well as a time to lay dormant, in sleep. The same for man, as God just laid in the foundation of work to be done, a time for growing and harvest, as well as a time for nightly rest. To divide the lighter times from the darkness.
Now, sad to say we come to a slap in the face. Evolutionist claim that we all evolved and crawled out of the water, not so... ONLY the ANIMALS. But, it was GOD who called for the waters to bring forth , (v:21) "...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly,..." Ok, so they were right... to a point, the creature of the earth did in fact come up from the waters.. but also they came up from the earth as well.
(v:24) "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind:' and it was so." And so, a greater abundance was brought forth, for the use of the creation that was yet to come. Now we come to the finale... the ending of the task God put forth on that first day, the one thing all His work was setup for until this time... Man.
(v. :26-a) "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;" From a handful of dust, (and as any carpenter or craftsman can tell, when you work on something there is a lot of dust..) He formed His greatest creation. How can you tell...? In no other of His work does it mention Him forming anything... In all these things He spoke to this, or that, and it brought forth as He commanded, but in the making of man.?
(Gen. 2:7) "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." HE took of dust, measured carefully, shaken just so, and formed it, with loving hands, into His greatest work. A creation in His own image, to bring forth joy, singing, laughter, and praise, even as a child to it's Father.
(v. :26-b) "...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.'' He made all things to be of use by this final creation, to compliment it's life, to use daily in making it's days better. HE did all for the future of this created man, the things it would need to live on, food to eat, wood for homes and furniture, sun and moon for light, heat, and seasons to live by. All this He had laid out in that first moment of creation. Even to the dividing paths that man would take, and the place for which those would go in that time.
From the beginning to the end, and every step along the way, He made in one thought, at the very beginning of His first work day. And the Lord goal...?
(Proverbs 8:31) "..rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men." He knew from the beginning that man would be for His greatest delight, His glory, His praise.. yet He also knew they would be His greatest sorrow, and a place of judgment would be needed.
So remember, when you start your week, setting up the tasks before you, that first day back to work, first day of school, setting down to make the weekly list of things needing to be done at home... Remember... The first step, is to know what you want in the end, then work all things to that goal.
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Wow! I'm in awe at the depth of thought in this. This was truly a lesson of learning for me and allowed me to see God in a much more personable way as I pictured him 'forming' man.The ending left me with a new excitement to actually think everything I do, through first...with what I am expecting to accomplish. Great advice!