I always find it fitting that the first day of the new year begins in Genesis. Even though the description of creation already gives us plenty to imagine, it also leaves us with a lot of questions.
What did the Garden of Eden look like exactly? Was it like a tropical rainforest? The lush vegetation of BC? Was there a waterfall and how big was it?
How long did Adam live without Eve?
How long did it take Adam to name all the animals?
How much like heaven was the Garden of Eden?
So many questions we'd love the answers to. But what we do know is that it was good, and after the creation of the man and the woman it was very good. Not only does this elevate humanity above the rest of creation, but it celebrates the relationship between husband and wife, the way it was intended to be. A reminder to be thankful for my husband and to continue to be purposeful about investing in our relationship.
Switching to the NT passage, the book of Matthew is written to establish Jesus as King of the Jews which is why this genealogy traces the ancestry of Joseph, as kingship was passed from father to son.
It's also fitting that we're reading about the birth of Jesus just after celebrating it during the Christmas season. So thankful that the King chose to leave the glory of heaven to be our Saviour!