Reading 1

We read in Genesis chapter 1, that God created all created things during six 24 hour days.  And in vv.26-27, after everything needed to sustain human life was created, on the sixth day, we read— 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image….”  27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  Nothing else that God made, was made in His image, only Man, both male and female.  

Then we come to v.28, where we read, “And God blessed them.” Notice that the first stated blessing by God is Children, Many children. God said, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth.” God said, right here in the beginning, that the population growth of the planet would not be a problem with life on earth, it’s not a curse, it’s a blessing. Also, we see that God has given Man the responsibility of stewardship over, all of earth’s creation, viz., the animals, the birds, the fish, as well as all the plants and trees.  So as a blessing to Man, God provided us with all of creation, to manage for the good of all mankind. Furthermore, we see here how God has provided food for every living creature, what a loving God!  After these six days, God looked at what He had made, and said, “This is very good!”

In ch.2 we read that God rested on the seventh day, and blessed it, making it holy, in order that we would have an intentional day set aside for rest and focused worship.  In ch.2 we also see a more detailed account of creation, and when we get to v.16, we see God’s establishment of Law.  16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  

Also in chapter 2, we see how God established marriage, v.18 says, 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”  And  21  the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.  23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. 

All was well in the world, that is, until we get to ch.3.  Here we meet the serpent, the deceiver, our adversary.  In ch.3 we see how sin, pain, and death, enter the human experience.  Adam and Eve ate the fruit that God commanded Adam to not eat, they sinned against God, and brought both, the separation from God, and the judgement of death upon themselves, and upon the entire human race.  

As all may appear to be hopeless, in Genesis 3:15. God begins to reveal the hope of the gospel, when speaking to Satan, He said, 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall Crush your head, and you shall Crush his heel.”  Right here in the Garden, God began to shine light on the promise that He would provide a Savior for mankind, and then Adam and Eve were put out of the Garden.

In John Ch. 1, we went back to creation.  John is speaking of Jesus, when he writes, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  

And in v.4, we begin to see the fulfillment of God’s promised Savior, referring to Jesus, John writes—  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  And in v.14, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  And in v.17, we see the hope of the gospel unfolding, as John writes, 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

In ch.2 Jesus calls men to follow Him as His disciples, and He performs His first public miracle by turning water into wine.  Afterwards He cleansed the Temple of blasphemous greed, and when questioned by the Jews, Jesus told of His death, and His resurrection on the third day.  

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~ by James M. Winslow on 2022/03/09.

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