I took some time to meditate on God and to offer up some prayer to him today. As my thoughts were thinking about sin and where sin came from, my thoughts turned to the first chapter of the Bible—the book of Genesis. I knew by my studies that the answer to the question of sin laid in the first three chapters.
Genesis 3: 22 22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
There is so much to learn in the one verse above. I go into great detail in my book about this verse, but I only wanted you to see for now that GOD NEVER MEANT FOR MAN TO KNOW EVIL. We were only meant to know good. This world we live in would be totally different place if our first parents (especially Adam) had followed the one commandment God gave them to honor. They were not to eat from the tree of Knowledge.
Genesis 2: 16-17 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The commandment was given to Adam, not to Eve. In fact, Eve had not even been created yet when God issued this command to Adam. Therefore, it was Adam’s disobedience that broke mankind's relationship with God. When Adam had eaten from the tree of Knowledge, the awareness of evil came into this world and so did death. Adam exercised his free will, and made the decision to ignore God’s command and brought evil into the perfect world God had created for mankind.
Just think... there is still so much beauty left in this world, even with what Adam did in sinning against God. In fact, it remained the way God originally created it for another 1,500 years—until the great flood came—Noah’s flood.
Genesis 6: 5-7 5 The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them."
How close it came for all of mankind, with all of the animals, with all of creation to be wiped out from the face of the earth. Thanks be to God there was one left who found favor with him.
Genesis 6: 8 8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
This great flood described in Genesis wiped out much of the beauty of God’s original creation. Not only did it rain, but also there were earthquakes all over the earth like the world has never seen. There were storms, tornados, and because the fountains of the deep were bursting (earthquakes in the oceans and seas)—there would have been the largest Tsunami’s the world will ever know. God destroyed all he created that was on dry ground except for Noah, his family, and all the animals God placed on this huge ocean liner. The Grand Canyon, the heights of the mountains, the depths of the oceans, the geographical features we see on the earth today, etc. were formed during this great flood. The earth was destroyed, but much of its beauty remains. In fact, a new beauty was formed.
How do I know this is a true event in history? How can I be so sure? Because of what is written here in scripture:
Genesis 9: 11 11And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
The world has had many local floods, and continues to do so today. Floods are the #1 disasters in the world, and they take more lives away than any other natural disaster we face. If this flood never happened or if it were only a local flood and had not covered the whole earth—THAN GOD IS A LIAR AND WE CANNOT TRUST ANY OF THE BIBLE FOR TRUTH. Scripture says it is impossible for God to lie:
Hebrews 6: 18 18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
This is how I view my God. I can fully believe everything I read in the Bible. I trust him completely. I love him so much.
But now I want to get to the real message God has shown me today. As my thoughts turned away from sin and what it caused, I began to think of my brother Greg. I love him. About two months ago he was diagnosed with inoperative terminal cancer. The doctors have given him anywhere from six months to two years to live. I am praying to the Lord for a miracle healing for my dear brother. I am not ready to give him up.
As I prayed and meditated, I began focusing on my ring finger of my right hand. I injured it over the years golfing; it is stiff and has lost flexibility. I have prayed many times for God to give me back the flexibility and to loosen the joint in that finger. God has not answered my prayer yet for this healing, but I will continue to persevere and pray for my healing as I will for my brother.
Now thoughts of God in the form of questions started coming to me. It was as though he was asking me, “What will you give me to heal your brother?”
“Would you give me your finger, and let it remain stiff for his healing?” I answered, “Yes Lord, I would be very willing to give you my finger.”
More questions came to my thoughts.
“Would you be willing to give up your beloved game of golf if I were to heal your brother?” I answered again, “Yes Lord, I would give up golf for my brothers healing.
“Would you give up fishing? I answered, “Yes Lord, I would give up fishing.”
“Would you give up camping? I gave the Lord the same answer, “Yes, I would give up camping if you would heal my brother.”
Then the toughest question of all he gave me.
“Would you give up your legs, the ability to walk, for the healing of your brother? I did not answer.
I paused and reflected.
I then became honest with myself and spoke the truth to my Lord. I would miss golfing, fishing, and camping. I would not want to give them up. I would not want to give up the use of my legs. I became feeling sorry for the loss I would have to bear. Then the Lord spoke to me and said, “I was willing.” The Lord also spoke to me this, "I do not ask this of you."
2 Corinthians 8: 9 9For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Jesus willingly came down from his house (heaven) to our house (earth), and became as one of us. Think about it. Here is the God of the universe, humbling himself and becoming poor like us. He bore the sins of the world on a tree for our sake, so that we could become rich.
Galatians 3: 13 13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
As it is written! Jesus fulfilled all that was written in the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 21: 22- 23 22 If a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung on a tree, 23 you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse.
Jesus came to earth for that very reason—to die on the cross and take the curse that was upon us as his own. He became cursed of his own Father so he could redeem us. He was willing. Would you be willing to do the same? Thank God we do not have to be! It is a free gift of God through faith we are saved and not by works.
Ephesians 2: 8-9 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The Bible warns us not to ignore a gift such as this.
Hebrews 2: 3 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
In the Old Testament, it is put another way.
Jonah 2: 8 8 "Those who
cling to worthless idols
forfeit the grace that could be theirs. (NIV)
What are the idols you are hanging onto that
may cause you to forfeit the gift of grace God is offering you? Is it money? Is it the pleasures of this world? Are you hooked on something—drugs, gambling, or sex? God loves you just the way you are right
now, but he is asking—are you willing to accept his free offer
How does one accept his free gift? Have faith in the Bible verse below:
John 3: 16 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
It is the most important promise given to us in the entire Bible. When you accept Jesus and invite him into your heart, you become born again.
This is what the entire Bible was telling us from the beginning—starting in the book of Genesis. God himself gave us the very first prophecy of Jesus Christ when he cursed the serpent Satan, who caused the woman Eve to sin.
Genesis 3: 15 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
When we read all of scripture, we know God was prophesizing that Jesus would defeat Satan and restore mankind’s relationship with him. Satan only bruised Jesus when he died on the cross. Satan could not foresee that God would resurrect him back to life, and thus ending the curse of death first spoken by God in Genesis chapter three.
How about getting to know the God of the
Bible and see him more clearly by studying his word. The book I have written is so you can study and reflect on what the
bible teaches. It will walk you through
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It is my prayer that you have enjoyed what you just read.