Day #2: Daily Bible Reading Plan - Monday, December 30th
(Our plan begins on Sunday, so the reading for Day #1 was Romans 1-2 and the devotion for that is in the previous blog. Just scroll down the page!)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-3 ...
"In the beginning God created ..." Genesis 1 reveals information that no human being could know unless God Himself revealed it. It is no surprise that Satan, who enters history in Chapter 3 after having rebelled against God in heaven, would attempt to discredit the truth of God's Word at its most foundational point: Creation. God reveals that He spoke and things came into being. The creative power of God is the living Word of God, as the Apostle John begins his Gospel: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:1-3).
Reject this truth and man is a "free agent," able to determine his own fate, his own destiny. If Genesis 1-3 is not true, then mankind is an accident of evolution and there is no hope for mankind. You see, either mankind was created in God's image, rebelled against God and is now facing the consequences of that rebellion OR mankind is the result of a chaotic process that has left this world in its present circumstance, with the pinnacle of evolution now able to destroy the very planet that produced our species through a series of chance events. The darkness of the human mind should be readily obvious. Choosing to reject God and to deny the truth in spite of the testimony of creation itself, mankind gives up the only ray of hope that shines in the darkness: the promise of a Savior!
Mankind must now attempt to save the world, because they have no other hope. But God offers hope to those whose minds are opened by His Spirit and who believe that God is, indeed, our Creator. Genesis 2 is a more detailed account of God's creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, the only part of God's creation that was created in His image, with a spirit ... with the ability to commune with God. Did God know what Satan would do? Did God know the man would disobey God and fall into sin? Did God know that His perfect creation would be affected for thousands of years? Yes ... Yes ... and Yes ... Then why??
Because God desired to reveal His holiness, His justice, His mercy, His grace and His love to those whom He chose before the world was even created (Ephesians 1:4). And so the first promise of the Gospel is found in Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; HE will crush your head, and you will strike His heel." Here is hope! The hope of redemption, reconciliation, restoration ... the hope of LIFE!!
Hope is given birth in the words, "In the beginning, God created!" The same God who created all things out of nothing can give new life to those who are spiritually and even physically dead. He is the God who revealed Himself to Moses and whose Word you are now reading. Give thanks to God for His Word and believe what it says and you will have life through the promised Savior, Jesus Christ.
"O Lord God, open the eyes of the blind and renew the hope of those who have believed your Word; that You, O Lord our God, may be worshiped and adored as our Creator, our Redeemer and our Savior, through Jesus Christ, Your eternal Son, the Word made flesh. Amen"