January 4, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 2:1-25

We have just experienced the beauty and wonder of the Creation story. God has made a wonderful universe full of unspeakable beauty and majesty. Now we get a close up view of the climax of His creation, us.

We see that God has just finished creation and is resting. Now, we know that God did not need to rest, He is God. This is a rest of satisfaction and completion. God has just finished creating the universe and, as we read many times before, “it was good.” God is also setting an example for us to rest. How are you doing with this? Are you a workaholic? Take this example as an opportunity to adjust your work schedule however you can to add rest to your life.

Now we are taken to the scene of man’s creation. The Lord God formed Adam from the dust and breathed into him the breath of life. Think about that for a moment. God formed us. All the rest of creation was spoken into being but God took the time and care to stoop down, take the dirt and make us. Then we see that He gave us life by His own breath. This should give us a great sense of worth and dignity as we are not just another part of God’s creation but we are the specially made and designed apex of His creation.

God takes Adam and places him in the Garden of Eden to care for it. God warns him concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God tells Adam, “if you eat of its fruit, you will surely die.” (NLT) This is speaking about a spiritual death that we now are all born with because of Adam and Eve’s one sin of disobedience. Adam is in the garden and God decides to show Adam his need for companionship and love by allowing him to see how all the animals are paired up. Adam notices that every animal has a male and a female that look similar but have slight differences. This prepared Adam for a helper that would suit him. God put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs. From the rib He formed a woman and brought the woman to Adam. At this point Adam is extremely happy and now realizes that this is a God ordained union, the first marriage. This shows us the importance of and sanctity of marriage as a God ordained covenant between a man and a woman. The chapter ends with comments that Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame. They were not yet self conscious about their appearance as we certainly are today.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

20 thoughts on “January 4, 2011”

  1. I am always amazed everytime I read the creation story. His detailed plan to sustain us before He created us and then to carefully make us in His image. May we never forget whose we are and who we were made to be like. Have a blessed day.

  2. Thanks Robbie! Let’s all walk today in the knowledge that we were created by God’s very hands and carry His very BREATH!! Amen!

  3. Once again, through this chapter, I am reminded of keeping the Sabboth! It’s something we don’t do well today. Times may have changed, but God is the same. His word never changes. The life he breathed into man, and the responsibility thereof, is a thought far beyond our comprehension!! Through this act, God brought into being his desire to fellowship constantly with man!

  4. Tina, oftentimes, we do forget the importance of resting. (I’m extremely guilty of that!!) This chapter reminds us that we need to have balance in our lives. If we get too busy, we may not see God’s plan for us. My prayer is that we all slow down and focus on God’s will instead of ours.

    Like Kelly said, it is amazing to reflect on the fact that we were created by the very breath of God!! That alone should encourage us to take better care of ourselves. I hope that 2011 proves to be a year of spiritual, physical, and emotional healing and renewal at CPC and elsewhere. May we all strive to put God first in our lives.

  5. I have two thoughts on this. First…resting on the sabbath I think does mean taking that time to seek Him, but I also think that can take different forms. On Sundays I do try to focus on Him but also do things that in turn take care of me; spending time with family and friends–not to the point of exhaustion, but to the point of where I feel “full” and ready for the upcoming week that drains me…when I need my spiritual armor. That is why I love CG being in the middle of the week because it’s like my refill…And this, JUMPSTART is great because I have this to start my day.
    My second thought isn’t necessarily a comment on Genesis, but it coincides with resting I think. So I was listening to the radio and they had someone on there (K LOVE or Air 1) that talked about seasons of life and how this woman prior to having kids spent all the time in His Word and then she had kids and getting up before them would have meant getting up in the middle of the night and by the time bed time passed she was exhausted and stated that surely God understood the seasons of life as He created us and so she would send up popcorn prayers. While I relate to that DAILY, and am NOT in Gods Word like I should be (which again jumpstart helps immensely and so does my accountability group) I see the importance of resting in His Word not only on the sabbath, but daily..
    Maybe I’m on a long tangent and the kids are about to walk in so I will close, but I think sometimes as Christians we take the sabbath to mean only one day or try to pull it out of the Word that it’s just one day and it’s not.
    Tina, thanks for being a great example for me. (and Kelly and Joan too) But especially Tina for all of your encouragement directly and indirectly. I can’t wait for CG next week. I need it 😉

    1. I definitely agree. “Rest” in a biblical sense is more than taking time from busyness. It is certainly part of that but Hebrews chapter 4 explains very clearly that the “rest” God gives is found in knowing Jesus and resting in Him. We do not have to try to work to get to God. He has made a promise to make a way for us. That is why Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:29-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  6. Thanks Robbie – great reminders from a GREAT passage! God made us – just as we are – God designed us to rest (and we crash and burn when we don’t) – God made marriage … it’s His Idea.

    When I read this passage I think of Psalm 139…

    13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

    14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

  7. Adele,

    I hear what you are saying and I agree with some of the things you mention that you do to “Recharge” your batteries. I also believe God did want us to set aside one day in particular to truly REST in Him. This RESTING may include spending time with friends and family (can’t help doing that if we go to church), but everything we do on this “set-aside” day should be God focused and honoring of Him.

    I also don’t think this means we only focus on Him this particular day and not the other days of the week. God specifically wanted us to rest in Him, to abide in Him on one day. It is an act of resting, but also an act of obedience.

    My two cents,
    Tim

  8. Tim Parsons, exactly the verses I was thinking of when I read today’s “supercharge”. I was reading in that Psalm earlier this morning. Love it!:)
    On resting on the Sabath.my parents were always big on respecting that day and not working.Always remember the “ox in the ditch” coming up. I agree that is a day of worship, rest and time with the Lord.
    So thankful for this community gathering of believers to refresh my day. And add to my time w/ the Lord!
    Renee

  9. Robbie – Thanks for the effort and energy you put into this it has sparked a few thoughts that I am now able to meditate on the rest of the day…

    The first thought:

    It is a good reminder to think through the fact that we, humans, “Are nothing but dust in the Creator’s hands”. This realization and fact helps me keep things in perspective. Isaiah 55:9-11 says, that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. This drives home the necessity that we need nothing more than to lay our lives down daily before Him as an offering, begging Him to use us in a way that will bring the most glory to Him and His kingdom. And that we are absolutely nothing without Him.

    The second thought:

    When I think about the intensity of God taking bone from Adam and forming Eve it takes the idea of “one flesh” to a whole new level. It amazes me as I read in…

    Mark 10:8-9
    8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

    It amazes me that what God did at the beginning of creation is still true for us today and if we live in this truth than marriage can and should be one of the most beutiful pictures and examples of what Christ is to us (the Bride and groom).

    Then as you think about the fact that Jesus is the Bride and we are His groom then connect it to Romans 8 — “Nothing will seperate us from the love of the Father” we then realize that God’s picture of “one flesh” in Gensesis is also true in that we will not be separated from the love of Christ for He is our Bride and we are His groom!

    We serve an infinately AWESOME Creator who love us! He is worth laying our lives down as Paul did throughout his life!

    Father, thank you for today…

  10. I love what Robbie reminds of us when he says that God spoke everything else into being except us…he took precious time to stoop down and physically form us with his hands. We truly are fearfully and wonderfuly made!

  11. “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (v7)

    Meditating on the fact that I am a created being! Praise the Creator God Elohim!

  12. Tim H: I totally agree with you!! Maybe my point was lost in haste getting ready for the kids to come in…but I’m totally with you on both “cents”
    🙂

  13. Great discussion and discussion starter!
    As I was reading this, I came to something that I have a question about.

    “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”
    Why does the writer bring in his father and his mother after only two humans had been created?

    1. Hi Carlyn,
      Good question. I’ll take a stab at an answer.
      #1. Since the book was written long after the events of Genesis 1 and 2 (by divine revelation provided by God to Moses) it might be that Moses is inserting his note for the reader to highlight the divine order of marriage.
      #2. It is possible that God had given early man a good idea of what was to come since they (Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Seth, others…) did not have the experience that was required for survival. So, in this vein, Adam and Eve knew they had to look after their children in order for them to survive, they were also probably told by God of their special role as parents and trainers of the next generation of parents. In summary: God was their tutor.
      Peter

  14. In taking the time to really study this passage, I noticed something that I hadn’t before. Eve was not made yet when God instructed Adam to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I had always mistakenly thought that God had told them both, but God only told Adam. But, by the time that the serpent comes along, Adam has evidently passed along this instruction to Eve, because she tells the serpent what God has said about that tree. I think that there are some implications there, but I will let everybody think about them for themselves if they feel like it.

  15. I am amazed and astounded by how awesome of an idea this was and is. I am sitting reading and communing with God over Genesis 2. Praying and thanking him for this passage and what Robbie has powerfully put before us. THEN, I set my Bible aside and put my pen down and read the comments, when I should be taking notes!! I am SOO thankful for a church body who is so in love with our almighty and who has so much to say about it!

    Thank you to Robbie, but also a big thanks to the audience! 😉

  16. I am so excited to be able to go along in reading the bible starting with genesis. I love reading the creation story because it just reminds me how miraculous our god really is. Sometimes we just say, “yeah our god can perform miracles” and dont really take into account on what that really means. We as humans don’t even understand that. I also love reading the story of creation because in school I run inti situations where I need to defend what I believe. Everytime I read this it grows me stronger the next time I need to use it.

  17. So appreciate the thoughts posted today…
    Some time ago I did a thorough study of the Sabbath and was astounded by the benefits of planning the work week around a day of rest. Our culture doesn’t encourage this, but God sure does and the blessings are significant. (Isaiah 58:13-14) Many times I believe that “our crash and burn” episodes are God’s way of disciplining our unfaithfulness to this commandment “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11). “If we do not allow for a rhythm of rest in our overly busy lives, illness becomes our Sabbath – our pneumonia, our cancer, our heart attack, our accidents create Sabbath for us.” -Wayne Muller, author of Sabbath
    Definitely thought-provoking!! Blessings everyone…

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