Hidden Royalty

for such a time as this

Genesis 2

Wow, there is so much depth to explore in Genesis 2! Since I am not attempting here to write a Bible commentary, I won’t—but wow!

Verse 7: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” I would like to just point out here that God created man both body and spirit from the very beginning. This was not Adam’s fallen state, but God’s original intention. Why is this important? There are so many reasons, reasons with implications for our theology, eschatology, and our view of ourselves and others. One simple reason is that it proves how much God cares for our whole person. He designed us with purpose, intention, and love. When we love God, we do it with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. That includes not just our emotions and “inner man” but also our brains and our bodies. We are His temple. OK, I am really challenged now and have to seek the Lord on what this means for me today.

Verse 9: “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food….” When I read this verse, I immediately thought of how Yeshua taught that we are to bear fruit, and that we are called trees of righteousness. This means that the fruit of our lives, and our personhood itself, should be both “pleasant to the sight and good for food.” I’m not talking about being “good looking”; rather, being the light that attracts people to the Lord. At the same time, we don’t want to be sugar coated and empty. We must have real “nutritional value” in what we say, how we interact, and how we live. There will be times for righteous anger and zeal, but what is the constant and consistent fruit of our lives? Let’s not compare ourselves to others; let’s look at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7); let’s look at Jesus.

Verse 15: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Work was not part of the curse due to the Fall. Toil was the curse. God always intended that we should partner with Him and that we should have meaningful responsibility. He gave Adam the privilege and responsibility to tend the Garden. This was a gift. What is the Lord asking each of us to tend and to cultivate? Are we thankful for the gift of responsibility and purpose? Are we thanking God for His blessings but neglecting to tend and cultivate those blessings? Let’s ask ourselves these questions: Has God blessed me with a family, with a talent, with a property, with a vocation? Am I sitting back and enjoying it, or am I tending and cultivating it to grow into all its God-given potential?

These are just a few thoughts. I hope they encourage you to read the Word and listen to the Spirit today.

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May 2, 2015 - Posted by | Journal through the Bible |

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