Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 1/1/11 in Genesis 1

Some have started reading the Bible, NT or OT through the year today.  Some are just reading the blog and  are on their own pace in the Word.  Welcome all.  If you'd like to write regularly on this blog, let me know.  All are free to comment with lessons learned, questions asked and answers shared.

This Sunday, I'll begin a 2 week survey through Genesis as we start the journey down Route 66.  A simple rhyme provides the roadmap through Exit 1.
·      Light From Dark (Gen 1-2)
·      Eden Park (Gen 3-5)
·      Noah’s Ark (Gen 6-9)
·      Babel’s Bark (Gen 10-11)
·      Patriarch (Gen 12-50)

In Genesis 1, I know God separated light and darkness, calling them day and night.  I wondered if darkness just existed as part of the ex nihilo God would add His created light to, but the text never said that.  I'm wondering if the darkness is part of His creation of the universe, which exists in the absence of light.  Because before there was anything, there always was God.  God is light.  Before there was a universe, God is light.

However God created the universe, light and dark, I still marvel that He's the Creator and we're the creation.  I am humbled like David, who asks in Psalm 8:3-4  "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?"

Yet, we live in a world that has exchanged worship of the Creator for the worship of creation.  Romans 1:25 cites with astonishment:  "because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!"  Who switched the price tag and why do we buy into it?  Why am I tempted to value earthly things more than Him?

Our Creator is amazing and the only One worth worshipping.  Anything else is merely ephemeral idolatry.

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