From Creation to Confusion

 

My husband is teaching Genesis Chapter One to Chapter Eleven and he’s entitled it: “Creation to Confusion”.

Tonight, we went through Chapter Two verse by verse. This is where Adam gets put to sleep by God and Eve is fashioned from a rib or part of Adam’s side.

After Adam named all the animals, perhaps he noticed they were created male and female and as of yet, he didn’t have a female counterpart.

In Chapter Two, God speaks prophetically about man leaving his father and mother to unite with his wife as “one flesh”.

Adam and Eve didn’t have earthly parents, which is why leaving parents and cleaving together is for future couples.

The first man and woman at the end of Chapter Two were “naked and not ashamed”.

They were alone with God; they knew nothing of evil.

Next week, we’ll study Chapter Three in Genesis, when sin entered the world. The difference in Adam and Eve’s life must have astounded them and brought great regrets.

I like going to Bible studies because the leader digs into other resources. In our case, commentaries; dictionaries; experts; and of course, a thorough reading of the Bible and prayer for guidance are employed.

We decided Adam must have been more intelligent than we are now because he named every animal and bird. “How many could you name?”

One of the classmates said maybe thirty.

We guessed there must have been a huge multitude of animals and birds represented. It occurred to me, not only did the names need to be created, but remembered so he didn’t repeat himself. Yowza!

Adam lived to be eight hundred years old, so the children, grandchildren, and on and on, his following generations could have asked, “What was the garden of Eden like?”

In Genesis 2, it says God formed trees before Adam’s eyes.

So, for eight hundred years, he could tell of his personal experience with the Creator to anyone willing to listen.

I’ve read Genesis over the years. Tonight’s conversation brought some insights I’d never considered before.

That’s what’s so amazing about the Bible. There’s always more to learn.

My husband asked, “As God brought forth the animals living on land and the birds of the air to Adam, to be named, how would this newly formed man relate to God?”

I said, “He would have been in awe of God and His amazing creativity.”

When we considered that Adam hadn’t been around for more than a matter of hours, this was an opportunity for Adam to get to know God in a way we’ll never experience this side of heaven.

My husband and I believe Creation occurred over six twenty-four-hour periods of time. Adam, Eve and all animals, (with trees and herbs for food), came into being fully grown so they could function and then eat the produce immediately.

Genesis is an extremely important book in the Bible. If I don’t believe Genesis is God’s Word, inspired and given to men, then what else in the Bible can I pick and choose to believe or disregard?

May God bless you!

 

 

 

 

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Fear Can Be Good?

 

I got ready to order a refill for my paper planner and turned to an inspirational section of the site. One of the magnets said something like “Do something that scares you.”

The first time I placed an ad for my freelance writing business I was scared. When I’m afraid, I’ll pray for God’s help and speak a Scripture like 2 Timothy 1:7 – “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”

When my second client needed an ad on e-bay, I had no experience so my sister came to my meeting site. I remember shaking when she was later than I expected and I was trying to navigate in unknown webpages.

Don’t get me wrong, e-bay is user-friendly. I charged him less for my lack of experience and he appreciated it.

This past weekend, I went to a city zoo with my daughter and her family. The four children are seven years old and younger. One of the kids loves to climb. At one of the big cat displays, she did her normal thing and began to climb the railings and her mom spoke to her. She got off and then a lady my age began to lecture her about it not being safe for the animals. I imagine she’s thinking of the tragedy earlier this year when a little boy got into the gorilla setting in Cincinnati, OH and when he ended up  in the hands of the seventeen year old gorilla they had to shoot the animal. It caused pain to the zoo staff, the family involved and many animal lovers. What a shame. Yet, accidents happen and wild animals cannot be trusted. As a mom, I certainly hope my child or grandchild would be valued above the life of an animal. I am all for taking care of the earth and it’s wildlife. We need each other. I just value a human over a tiger or snake or gorilla or sting-ray or crocodile. That’s why I stay away from them. 🙂

It was the first time when she climbed that I wasn’t afraid because my daughter reprimanded her right away and she got down right away. I told my husband that I felt bad that I was afraid and scolding the children when they disappeared from sight or climbed the guard rails. He said, “Some fear is not bad. They need to know how to stay out of trouble.”

We had a really good time, but there were moments of stress. The three year old was not with his mother. She thought he was with me. We called out and he came bounding around a corner. I appreciated him coming back when he got summoned. I thanked God he was okay.

I told my husband I like it when he’s with us, because he’s firm with the children and he’s got that deep male voice and they listen better to him.

I’ll still go on outings with the grandkids. Every time I do, they’re that much older and more mature. It’s such joy spending time with them. I understand that God watches over them as well, but sometimes I’m not thinking that way. I felt like I owed God an apology. He understands, but one of the frequent admonishments from Him is “Be not afraid.”

In regards to my writing, I’ve stepped out and placed ads for freelance writing in our local free paper. I always pray over that as well. I usually get a paying customer and one lady told me she liked my work when I asked her. That blessed me. Even that caused me a little bit of fear, to pose the question. So, the paper comes out tomorrow. I’ll see if anyone is looking for a wordsmith.

What do you think, is a small amount of fear a good thing?

God bless!

Philippians Three

I was spending some time with the Lord today and I thought He might have been leading me to Phil., chapter three.

Paul starts out reminding us to rejoice in the Lord. When horrible things are happening, it may feel hard to rejoice, yet Paul wrote Philippians while in prison.

One of my favorite sections of Scripture is Phil. 3:12-14.

Php 3:12, (KJV),  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

How often I need to let go of the things in the past! Just lately I got thinking of something I wish I hadn’t said, and this Scripture reminded me to let it go. I confessed it to the Lord, it didn’t cause any damage. Sometimes it’s important to leave things alone and consider that we are not perfect yet. When other people lament over their parenting practices from years past, I often tell them, “You did the best you could at the time.”

These are people I know, people that cared about their children.

People that continually try to improve their parenting skills and their own characters may need to cry out to God for help as they interact with their children, but after the fact, if they goofed and they apologized to their child and tried to keep from repeating their wrong behavior, I say, with Paul, leave it in the past.

It does no good to beat ourselves up. If we’re stuck in a mode that is harming our family members, we’d better get help and remove ourselves from the situation if things are escalating.

That’s why I don’t believe in Evolution. Men and women are not animals; we are human beings not subject to instincts. We can make choices. Humans reason and worship God. Animals do not. Humans can control themselves and seek to know God.

Well, if you haven’t read Philippians, it is a great book of the New Testament. The Bible is a book that never grows old. The more I read it, the more I see things I never saw before.

May God bless you.

Power Releasers?

As I lay in bed this morning, I got thinking about God. I got thinking about God and mankind.

In recent sermons, my husband, the man who likes Science and Math and Business and People, has been preaching on the book of Genesis. In the beginning, God created. When He created man and then woman, it was the only time He said, “It was very good.”

After God created the heavens, the earth, the plants, the sun, moon and stars, the animals, He said, “It was good.”

We believe in a six day creation; one of the reasons is because God made the plants on one day and the next day He made the sun. He made mankind in God’s image, “Our image,” He said: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. He spoke the world into being.

So, if God is all powerful, why does He ask us to pray? Why does He include us in the running of this world? Be fruitful and multiply. Take dominion over the animals and the planet. In other words, be good stewards over the animals and over the earth. Treat them kindly.

In the Scriptures, it says, “Ask and you shall receive,”(John 16:24). “If two or more agree as touching anything on this earth, it shall be done of them by the Father,” (Matthew 18:19).”If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Are we power releasers? Why does God want to include us in helping to determine the condition of this world?

I wrote my ten year old grandson a letter about this idea of prayer releasing God’s power in a fashion that a ten year old would understand. He is a deep thinker. He loves super heroes. He doesn’t like bullies. Well, who does want to be bullied? 🙂

God is a creative God and we are made in His image. Maybe that’s why I feel more alive when I write. I’m looking at prayer in a much deeper way this day, because of His written word.