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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 […]

Fat of the land

Genesis 45:1-28 In English we say “the cream of the crop”.  In Hebrew they would say “the fat of the land” (Genesis 44:18).  Not that the ground is particularly oily (they’d also talk about “the fat of the wheat”; Psalm 81:16).  The fat is the best portion. And this is what Pharaoh offers to Joseph’s […]

Coat of many colours

Genesis 37:1-36 It has all the ingredients for a West End hit.  Jealousy, family intrigue, struggle through adversity, then vindication and reconciliation.  It’s a story that speaks to all.  Because it’s a story based on the original story – the true myth.  Joseph’s story is Jesus’ story told in advance. Joseph was one of the […]

Test of faith

Genesis 22:1-19 What is the Bible? Sometimes Christians are the worst at answering that question.  Many will reply: “The Maker’s Instruction Manual.”  Or “God’s Road Map.”  Most often religious folk will see it as, essentially, a moral guidebook for right living.  But if ever there was a story to explode that misconception it’s this one.  Abraham […]