The Intended Relationship
Greetings. Well, traditional Christmas is just 25 days away. In my last post, we (rightly so) started this Advent story in the very beginning of the Bible when God created the universe and then mankind. But what does this have to do with Christmas? Why not start with the angel’s visitation of a young woman named Mary? We will! However, other questions needs to be told first; the most important is…
Why does the world need a
To answer this, we must remind ourselves of this crucial background.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
How special were you when the Lord God created you?
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground…
I love watching potters with their bare hands firmly but yet gently form beautiful pottery from a lump of clay. Their love for their work is visibly expressed in how they formed their masterpieces. No wonder this Bible writer expressed this particular thought about God, the greatest artisan of them all.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
But we are more than just art pieces. Remember…
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”
And let us read the rest of verse 7…
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Here’s a Christmas thought. Why don’t we express gratitude to God and say…
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
Now, God did not stop there. Like a good parent, He did not set us out into the wild environs of His creation
The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
He placed mankind in a safe place…
Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
In that enriching haven, God and mankind became closer.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field…
Whenever, I read this part, I see this image of a father bringing his child for the first time to the zoo. What a fun time for father and child to have together. This is what our Lord God intended for mankind for eternity. (Even today, He still desires it for us.)
Now, we come to the BAD NEWS of the Advent story. In the beginning, we had it made. But then…
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