In the beginning of the morning my ideas for this blog/devotion always seem to “randomly” pop into my head, and as I meditate on them and ponder what I am suppose to glean, my mind will wander down paths of connection. I will connect one thought to something that happened earlier, and then that incident will connect to something else and so on. On a good day the Holy Spirit will even wrap my thinking process up in a neat and tidy little bow as the thoughts come full circle.
When I woke up this morning I was thinking about favorite verses of the Bible. One day, in the not too distant past, this question was asked of my son’s homeschool group. Each child narrated their favorite Bible passage, and then it came to my son. He said his favorite Bible passage was Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Everybody laughed at him. Let me repeat that. Every “Christian” laughed at him. They mocked him for his choice of favorite Bible verses.
I was very proud of my son that day because instead of getting angry or embarrassed he passionately defended his reasoning. He contended for the faith in a group of Christians. He told them that if you don’t have Genesis 1:1 right, then you don’t have the rest of the scriptures right.
So many “Christians”, not to mention the rest of the world, do not believe that Genesis is a literal history of the beginning. They believe in all sorts of man-made theories…gap and evolution just to name two, but they refuse to
believe take God seriously when it comes to Genesis. Did God really say?
It’s time to WAKE UP church and get back to the beginning!
Adam was created in the Beginning. Jesus IS the Beginning, but He is also the Last Adam. How can there be a Last Adam if, in the beginning, there wasn’t a first Adam?
Sin came into the world through one person, and death came through sin. So death spread to everyone, because everyone sinned. Sin was in the world before there were any laws. But no record of sin can be kept when there are no laws. Yet, death ruled from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin in the same way Adam did when he disobeyed. Adam is an image of the one who would come. There is no comparison between [God’s] gift and [Adam’s] failure. If humanity died as the result of one person’s failure, it is certainly true that God’s kindness and the gift given through the kindness of one person, Jesus Christ, have been showered on humanity. There is also no comparison between [God’s] gift and the one who sinned. The verdict which followed one person’s failure condemned everyone. But, even after many failures, the gift brought God’s approval. It is certain that death ruled because of one person’s failure. It’s even more certain that those who receive God’s overflowing kindness and the gift of his approval will rule in life because of one person, Jesus Christ. Therefore, everyone was condemned through one failure, and everyone received God’s life-giving approval through one verdict. Clearly, through one person’s disobedience humanity became sinful, and through one person’s obedience humanity will receive God’s approval. Laws were added to increase the failure. But where sin increased, God’s kindness increased even more. As sin ruled by bringing death, God’s kindness would rule by bringing us his approval. This results in our living forever because of Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans (italics are mine)
Jesus, I am thankful that my son has an ordered faith. Glory be to God on High! Hallelujah! Amen