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Adam

Genesis 2:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 Let’s think about two modern sayings where ‘Adam’ features. We say “as old as Adam” when we mean ancient.  And, at least whenever I use it, it has the connotation of intransigent.  If there’s a stubborn fact of existence and if it has ever been thus, it’s “as old as Adam.”  Frustrations […]

The Garden of Eden

Genesis 2:8-25 Even the phrase “garden of Eden” should make us home-sick.  “Eden” is taken from the word “delight”.  And “garden” when translated to Greek is “paradise”. The highest plane humanity has reached thus far was at the outset.  In fact Genesis 2 means to communicate this truth, even topographically!  The four rivers flow down from this hill-top […]

The Breath of Life

Genesis 2:4-7 What does dirt have to do with deity?  Quite a bit actually. Here’s our verse for the day: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  (Genesis 2:7) It doesn’t get any more earthy than […]

God rested

Genesis 2:1-3 “Work to live or live to work?”  We know how we should answer.  The testimony of our lives is probably another matter.  But let’s ask the question of God – because I would guess that our unspoken assumption is that, basically, God lives to work. You see, for many people, “Creator” is God’s most […]

And Behold, it was very good!

Genesis 1:31; Psalm 8 A good God makes a good world.  Perhaps that should be the banner over Genesis chapter 1. There are no regrets here.  God doesn’t say “It’s not quite what I’d imagined.  It was better in rehearsals.  I’ve kept the receipts in case you want to exchange it.”  No, Genesis 1:28 – […]

Be fruitful and multiply

Genesis 1:28-30 On day 4 we’ve hit a milestone.  Here’s the first of many King James phrases that have become swear words!  “Be fruitful and multiply.” It’s God’s way of saying… well… let’s stick to the way God says it: “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) It’s a phrase that actually gives us a window […]

Let us make man in our image

Genesis 1:24-27 Picture God-like-ness.  How does it look?  What is it to be God-like? Well Genesis 1:26 speaks of ‘the image of God’ and it’s one of the most discussed verses in all the Bible: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” What exactly is […]

Let there be light

Genesis 1:3-23 In the beginning was the life and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Before there was a universe there wasn’t nothing, there wasn’t chaos and there wasn’t a lonely god.  Our origins are not darkness but entirely light. But when this God creates, the equation changes.  Suddenly there is something else other […]

In the beginning

Genesis 1:1-5; John 1:1-5 Right now the whole world is considering beginnings.  But usually they’re the beginnings that we will make.  “New year, new you” and all that. What about the beginning that God has made?  Let’s think about that for a minute. Wind back the clock to the time before people and planets and protons, what […]