I just want to first wish everyone reading this blog a Happy New Year!
Many people look forward to this day every year in hopes of "starting fresh" with new hopes as they begin another new year. How fitting that we begin our blog for 2016 with the story of creation!
The first verse that stood out to me was verse 3. It reads, "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."
It's a simple verse, but what hit me was the fact that this was the first thing God created. He could have created anything else first, but he chose light. I believe this reflects the importance of how we too need to bring our sins and struggles into the light. Light is necessary for making God's creative works visible and life possible, as He brings light to a darkened world; both physically and spiritually.
During the creation process the first 3 days God formed the earth and the last 3 days He filled the earth. What was the first thing He filled the earth with? If you guessed lights, you are correct! (vs 14-15) Both in the creation days of forming, and the creation days of filling, light was the first thing God created in each.
Okay, I am about to jump on a band wagon here........I have heard many people selecting a word for 2016, well I am selecting the word "light". I want to be able to live my life in the light, and know that God will be pleased. No darkness, no closets, nothing behind closed doors, just light!
In chapter 3, we read about the first deception, which leads to the first sin. The response of Eve and Adam to the serpent changed the course of human history. By causing Eve to doubt God's word, Satan was able to bring evil into the world.
It is interesting to see how even with this first and only sin, we begin to distance ourselves from God. When God asked if they had eaten from the tree that He commanded them not to eat from, Adam seemed very fast to blame God for putting this woman there with him (vs 12). Adam blamed God and Eve, but did not want to take any blame. And Eve blames the serpent, which of course God created. It is only when we take responsibility for our actions and repent that we can begin to grow closer to God.
There were three aspects of temptation that Eve experienced:
1. Satan was able to place doubt in her mind as to her dying from eating the fruit, to gaining knowledge instead.
2. The fruit was good for food.
3. The fruit was pleasing to the eye.
Satan says a statement that is only a half truth (Chapter 3:4-5). There eyes were opened, but the consequences were quite different from what the serpent promised.
It is the half truth statements that we need to be on guard for. Spending time with God in prayer and reading the Bible will assist us in protecting ourselves and gaining the knowledge we need to know God's plan. That is why we do this blog!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 4-7