[Christian Fellowship] 1999-10-29 - Beginnings

The Family Series, Part 1

Genesis 1:26-28,31 And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.' So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.' -- And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Five exciting days happened, one right after the other. Void, emptiness and then BOOM!! ~Light~ ~Air~ ~Dry land and vegetation~ ~Sun, moon and stars~ ~Fish and fowl~ ~Animals~ All of these spoken into being by an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present God. He was setting the stage for His most precious creation of all -- man and man's beloved helper, woman.

Everything was perfect. God saw that it was good. I often wonder if some of the colors of the plumage on the birds, and some of the varieties within the species are visible signs that He was having fun. A duckbilled platypus? "Let us make these colors work together on that bird." God's paintbrush swept across time and space and it was so.

Then in His final act, the Lord God in His triune presence spoke and moved and fashioned His very purpose for creation. And it was very good. All for the man whom He loved for all time. He formed man from the dust, made woman from man's rib and told them that the whole earth was theirs to romp in, work in and multiply in. It was very good.

The first marriage and the first job. Given by a loving God. Received joyfully in wonder by a beloved couple.

And it was very good.

Lord God, I ask that You would speak through my fingers. Open my heart to speak Your words. Father, I thank You for Your love that didn't create me to be idle. Instead You said, "Work.", and it was so. Father, I thank You for Your creativity that made colors and shapes and depths and nothing for no purpose. I am so blessed by Your creation. I cannot wait to see You and truly bow down and say, "Thank You." Bless this series, Lord. As You open to me Your ideals for the family, may I speak clearly the words You would have me to say, and leave my ego out of it. In all things may Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, be glorified. To Him be dominion and power and glory forever, Amen