Today I am enjoying being home after a very fruitful trip to Bulgaria, England, and Spain. I arrived home on Saturday night and yesterday I was blessed to minister at Destiny Centre in Delta, BC, Canada. The sun is shining, and I am looking forward to a day at home.
When God created man, man’s first experience was one of God resting in his life. It was from the place of God resting in his life, that man would be impassioned, envisioned, and empowered for human destiny. It was in the East, a place of hope, expectancy, and new beginnings for new days. The atmosphere was one of life. God took the time to plant something that would be filled with life for a man. It was in the garden that God commanded man to eat of trees that were good for food and pleasing to look at.
Genesis 2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
God commanded man to eat of every tree of the garden, but the tree of knowledge of good and evil he said, don’t touch it for if you eat it will die.He did not say, if you eat it, I will kill you!The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was poison. It would be deadly if the man ate it. That death would be a death to the spirit connection of man to the Spirit of God. There is no God in heaven that kills people for eating the tree of the knowledge of good an evil. Eating the tree of knowledge of good and evil will kill you. God commanded man to eat of every tree. He said, eat, eat, eat, eat, eat… …and then He said, that one, don’t touch it. It is poisonous.Religion teaches that God said, don’t touch that one, My wrath will come on you.God’s wrath is not on people. It is on what destroys people. When people embrace what cannot stand in the presence of God, it appears that God’s wrath is against them, but God’s mercy is true for all who turn to Him. God simply hates anything that destroys life.
When man chose the tree of knowledge of good and evil the result was a death to the intimate connection with God – spirit to Spirit. This affected his destiny. He had already been working. He had even gone to sleep and had trusted God for a plan of intimate partnership by which he could fulfill the mandate of being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing, and having dominion. From God’ perspective Eve was already there. She was in the rib of Adam. God told Adam to name all the animals of the earth. He didn’t tell him what to call them. Adam said, elephant; and God said, I like it.Adam said monkey, flamingo,and giraffe!God liked it. Adam gave identity to creatures that lacked identity. How could he do it?
When man was formed from the dust, I believe it was day six, as God saw it to be from His perspective as recorded in Genesis, chapter one. I believe God formed man from the dust on day six, but on day seven God rested. Human experience on earth had two parts to it. It had an experience of barrenness with an amazing transformation of abundance. God planted a paradise garden and put man in it. Human experience also included God resting in his life in the midst of that paradise environment. The first experience in the garden was one of God resting in an environment of humanity. Adam wasn’t in need of rest. He hadn’t done anything. God didn’t rest because He was tired. He rested because He was satisfied. When God formed Adam, Eve was still in the DNA of Adam, and the embodiment of Adam and Eve was not in need of rest. They were in need of purpose. They were in need of destiny to give life, to give identity to living things in their world, and to partner with things for the purpose of life. What was necessary for human purpose to come about? God resting in the lives of men was essential to men discovering who they are. The world has a concept that we work to rest. That has affected us in our lives, families, ministries, churches and every aspect of life. King David said, I had it in my heart to make a place to build a house where the presence of God could rest, and the earth could be made His footstool.The place that David saw was not a place for man to rest. It was a place for God to rest with humanity. It is then that the earth would be made a footstool before God. All chaos can be put in order, all emptiness can be filled with life, and all darkness can be made light when God rests in the room!
Be aware of God’s presence in your life today. You are part of His calling in Christ. You are part of His inheritance. God want’s to demonstrate His power through your life for the glory of our family name. We have a Father who gives life, breath, and all things for the purpose of life in all things, but it begins with Him resting in our lives.
Ted J. Hanson
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