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In Genesis Chapter 1 today, the creation account, the biblical account of God’s great creation of the heavens and the earth.
I’m not here to analyze the creation account, I’m not here to compare and contrast every verse of Genesis with all the major scientific discoveries of the past 4000 years. I am very simply looking at the creation account to think about the creator behind it all.
What do you think of God? Who do you think He is? What kind of being is He?

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First…let’s think about one thing in the creation account. Over and over again…we see that God sees His creation as good. He is happy with what He has created.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. 

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And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. Our atmosphere. The air we breathe. God calls the atmosphere and the air we breathe Heaven. There’s something to ponder for the next year or two…and I would say He thought that was good also!
God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 

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The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

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And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

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So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 

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And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

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And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
How’s this for a thought – what if this image we have burned into our minds of God as a Zeus-like character in Greek mythology, sitting up in some far away place, a galaxy far far away, watching us, angry with us, ready to strike us down at any moment, is just wrong?? If you read the creation account, that is not who God is at all. God is happy. God is not just happy, He’s joyful.
He’s happy with His creation, and why wouldn’t He be. It is good! Take a moment and think about your best memory. Or your best memories, hopefully. Think about the most beautiful views you’ve seen. Think about those experiences in your life which you will remember until you die. Your best days.
These are God’s everyday. The sunset at Laguna. The beaches at Maui. The summit of Everest. The sunrise on the Atlantic. The view from an airliner over the clouds. This is His everyday.
We have fish tank in my house. We’ve had it for a few years now, it’s probably got about 6-7 fish and a couple of shrimp in it. We think it’s cool, we still get joy watching these few fish swim around their 25 gallon environment. God has billions of these, everyday, swimming in every ocean, every river, every stream. Just a part of His everyday.

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Think you’ve seen beautiful cloud formations?? With our space telescopes out there sending pictures, we’ve found cloud formations estimated at 6 trillion miles high, all backlit by multiple stars bigger and more powerful than our sun. Unimaginable to us. His everyday.
We also have microscopic cameras, capable of taking pictures of even our human DNA strand. The intricate designs even of the tiniest parts of us are stunning, appearing like the most beautiful stained glass. Again…His everyday.

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Dallas Willard says this about our God – “Undoubtably he is the most joyous being in the world. The abundance of His love and generosity is inseparable from his infinite joy. All of the good and beautiful things from which we occasionally drink tiny droplets of soul-exhilarating joy, God continuously experiences in all their breadth and depth and richness.”
We don’t serve an angry God whom we have to live in constant fear of. We serve a joyous God who loves and enjoys all that He created (including you!). What God created is good and beautiful.
We forget that we live in a world full of beauty and wonder. A world that was created full of beauty and wonder. We have a lot of things screwed up in the way we live and relate to this beautiful world, Gods good creation. We serve a joyous God. Jesus was know for His joy. The early Christians were known for their joy, even up to the point of their own death. Here in America, we seem to have it all. We have money, comfort, technology, all the food we can eat and then some.
We have everything, it seems, except for the joy for which we were created.

 

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:1-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/gen.1.1-31.esv

John Lewis

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12 thoughts on “And it Was Good

  1. One of my kids is a Freshman Bible student at our local Christian university. We were just reading Genesis today! Ha! Go figure. It is good to read with the kid. Gets us talking, meditating, thinking…

    We discussed how that ANY scripture you read you can (and should) look for resonance with Jesus in it (Luke 24:27). But we also discussed, and this was new for him, and actually for me too, that you should also look for resonance with any of the stories in Genesis 1-11 also. 1-11 is known as the Primordial History. It is the mythical part of the Bible – don’t go thinking that by using the word MYTH I mean it isn’t true. That is ONE use of that word, but not the only use. It also points to origins (DUH) and tells stories of origins in ways you cant GET BEHIND. But, and here is the point, BUT when you find a story elsewhere in the bible that resonates deeply with one of these stories in the Primordial History, you get an exploded view of the original story… meaning gets fleshed out.

    Yes, you can count generations from Adam to Lamech and see that symbolic numbers come to play and show how the effects of sin are overwhelming the creation all the way to NOAH and the flood where the world is destroyed. Noah, then becomes the 2nd ADAM which would presumably make Abraham something of a third ADAM. This gets all teased out when St Paul calls Christ the “LAST ADAM”. etc etc etc…

    Yes, you should look for Jesus in the story of David, a shepherd boy made KING. And for 16 chapters of Samuel, David is depicted as the anointed one – MESSIAH in Hebrew – even though he is treated like a criminal by the other King of the Jews, Saul. And sure enough, we see Jesus, the Messiah, running around Galilee under the nose of Herod, that other King of the Jews, and treated like a criminal! It’s no wonder the blind man calls him SON OF DAVID.

    But we should also look for the resonance with the Primordial History. It will illuminate the Bible and the Will of God. And like the Primordial History, the part of creation itself, we have a greater light that rules the day and a lesser great light that rules the night (Gen 1:16). Jesus would be the greater light, but the primordial history would be the lesser of the two great lights! And this makes a rule of thumb for Bible study that is sure to illuminate and bless your efforts.

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    1. Tried to respond this morning (a very long response) and my app malfunctioned…sorry.

      That’s awesome that your kid has taken an interest in real bible study as well. And I m sure you’re a good teacher.

      How about thus for a thought – since you’re talking about Jesus as the greater light verses the lesser light of the ancient history in the Bible. Think about the transfiguration. Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. Peter (the church) proclaiming that we can build three tents, and worship them all. God the Father proclaims “NO!! This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!!”

      We could say that Jesus is the greater light compared to all the old prophets as well. I would compare them to the moon and the stars…they give enough light to guide the way….but when they greater light, the light of the world, the Son, the Sun, shows up, all the other lights just fade into the background…

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  2. John, it’s so obvious you have a personal relationship with the Lord, and that’s really what counts. So many doctrines and theological spectra; the real truth – the real freedom – is the love between you and Jesus, you and our Father, you and the Spirit. Keep listening. Keep sharing. It’s the love and grace that is so profound. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Susan!! I appreciate you saying all if that!! I can only hope to have that personal relationship because of his profound grace and mercy. I will keep listening, and hopefully I will continue to have something worthwhile to share. Christianity is a shared religion, thank God for those who’ve come before me who shared their gifts so that I might be able to share mine.

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  3. John, what a joy to read your post. One just can’t be in and with nature (Gods’ creation) and NOT experience joy! It’s as if everything in nature “conspires” to lift one up to bring the goodness and love of God. I often ponder what it must have been like for Adam and Eve to meet God in the cool of the evening before the fall. 🙂 God is omnipresent and although He is not directly visible to us, I truly believe we can still have the same experience, if we choose to. Thank you.

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    1. Amen, and thank you!! I also believe we can have that “garden experience” toss, if we will just look for it!! God is omnipresent, as you say, not “visible”, but not totally invisible either. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear God all about us in all we do…

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