I just finished a great weekend in Deming, New Mexico. I am always blessed with my church family here. God is my friend and so are these special people in His family. I pray that God will bring every good thing to pass in their lives. Let there be water in the desert and fruitful fields of life for the glory of God’s kingdom of love.
In Genesis chapter two it says that the heavens and earth were finished in their creation on day six and then God blessed the seventh day as the day that He rested from His work.
Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
When we read the book of Genesis, we are not reading Genesis chapter 1 and then chapter 2 as something that chronologically follows chapter 1. Chapters and verses were not in the original text. It was centuries later that chapters and verses were added. This was even true in the New Testament Scriptures. Sometimes we get distracted by chapters and verses and we miss the context and point of stories. We miss the point of concepts. There is nothing spiritual about chapters and verses. There is no prophetic significance about verse numbers. They were added by human beings – a good idea and a terrible idea. A good idea, in that it helps us find things. A bad idea, in that it creates a possibility for us to take things out of context. What is the concept of the covenant story of Genesis chapter 1 and chapter 2? Genes 1 through chapter 2 verse 3 is God inspired word written by Moses as God conveyed to him how to write it. Moses was not in the garden of Eden as a journalist making sure he had the right recording, the right video, and the right words. It was more important that God speak to Moses in covenantal terms. God explained to Moses that this is the creation. I believe that Genesis 1 through chapter 2 verse 3 is the earth as it is seen from God’s perspective. From God’s perspective, a formless, void and dark situation needed God to be God. We know from Scripture that God does need anything, but he gives life, breath, and all things.
Acts 17:24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
In the beginning there was a need for God to be Himself. There was a need for God to give live, to give breath and to give all things. Whatever that looks like from the perspective of science, I don’t care. I care how it looks covenantly. The covenantal view of God is recorded in Genesis chapter 1 through Genesis chapter two verse 3. In the creation, on day six, God created man. It was His capstone, His finish of the creation. God, in His Trinity, spoke to Himself and something amazing came to be. God as the Father, the word and the Spirit spoke to the substance of His own being. He spoke to himself and something came from Himself that was both male and female.
When we come to Genesis chapter two verse 4 we have a different perspective of the story. This is the history of the heavens and the earth. It is a story of man on earth relating to God. This is the history, he formed man from the dust. The field was in need of plants. The field was in need of herbs. It was in need for man to till it. There was a need for more. In verse 7 it says that God formed man from the dust of the ground and He breathed into him the breath of life. Some people view Genesis chapter 1 and Genesis chapter 2 as two different creations. I view them as two different perspectives. One is the view of God in His prophetic nature as He sees things that are not as though they are. The other is the experience from human perspective.
I can even relate this into my life. If something is Biblically true then you can apply the principle pattern, and value in our life. Forty-five years ago, I was formless, void and dark. my life needed life. It was in chaos, it was empty, and it was dark. But God’s perspective toward me was that I would be a fire for Him. He even spoke to some young ladies who were believers in Christ. He said, pray for Ted Hanson he will be a fire for me. They prayed; Dear Jesus, please make Ted Hanson so miserable he can’t stand himself until he comes to know you. They prayed in the late summer and fall of 1972 and then in the spring of 1973 God reminded them to pray for me again. I felt God’s Spirit brooding over my life, and in May of 1973 I felt His hand upon me as He breathed His life into my spirit. I was born again! I am forever grateful for God’s perspective concerning my life and for my perspective concerning the touch of His love in mine.
Ted J. Hanson
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