The Beginning of a Love Story
I have always been enemored by the Creation story found in Genesis 1, even when I was younger. But when I was younger, I often wondered why we see two "different" Creation accounts? Genesis paints a picture of order and power; God spoke and it happened. There was day one, day two, day three, and on. And it all made sense.
But then you come to Genesis chapter 2 and a slightly different Creation story. This one doesn't go day by day. The order seems wrong, very wrong. How can there be TWO Creation stories?
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Genesis 2 isn't a story of what was created,
but who was created.
He loved him so much that he made a place just for him. It was a place of great delight. All of the man's needs were met. Shelter, food, companionship, even regular visits with the Creator. Man wanted for nothing. That is, until he believed a lie.
The creation got selfish, wanted to do things it’s own way. That broke the relationship between the Creator and the creation. Destroyed it. Sin was born and a chasm created. The Holy Creator on one side, and the rebellious created on the other.
But the Creator, because of His love for His creation, chose to redeem what He loved. And in Genesis 3:15, God declares war. It’s a promise. A promise to restore what the creation broke, to bridge the chasm, to renew love.
For the rest of the Old Testament, God’s love for His creation is demonstrated over and over again. And all along the way, we are reminded of this promise of restoration!
In Genesis 3:15, God says to the serpent, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This was God's holy war cry! That when the time was right, One would come to stand in the gap and do what we cannot do. His life was to be the bridge over the chasm. Jesus is the promise.
As of today, we are 24 days away from Christmas, when we celebrate Jesus' first coming. 1 Timothy 1:15, tells us exactly why Jesus came; "...Jesus Christ came into the world to save siners..." For me, that revelation is life changing.
Today, meditate on that truth, Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. That's you and me! And He did it because He loved us.
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 25 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently the Student Ministry Director at Hickory Church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for 20 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, a YouTuber/vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.