Genesis – the first three chapters
My Bible reading plan has brought me to Genesis. Having watched, only last night a ‘Living Waters’ short film- The Atheist Delusion – which looks in detail at God’s creation, I now see this scripture with new eyes.
If I’m honest, I’m struggling with how God just spoke everything into existence. I’m feeling this tendency within me to think that this is just too simple, too straight forward. I’m thinking I’ve been affected by many different TV programmes which relate more to evolution than creation. Sadly, my natural inclination is to think there should be an explosion, chaos, disorder and maybe even a big bang, but this is not what it tells us in scripture:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless, and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)
I am darkened in my understanding if I live like the world does and if I think like the world does – ‘in the futility of their thinking’ ( Eph 4:17 -18)
What struck me this time of reading the first three chapters of Genesis was that the serpent in chapter 3 was right when he said:
You will be like God, knowing good and evil. ( Gen 3:5)
I know this because God said in Gen 3:22:
The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.
But the serpent completely lied when he said: “You will not certainly die.” ( Gen 3:4)
Because God said in Genesis 3: 22:
“He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever”
Quiet Time 27th August