Being Succinct!

Succinct. It is an adjective. It has the following meaning.

“(especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.)”

People need to be succinct when speaking. Say what they mean and not be wishy washy. Now you might be asking where this is going. Well lately it seems that people want to be wishy washy. Beat around the bush. Not be succinct. Part of being Succinct is being able to back up what you are saying. If you are talking the Bible then you better have chapter and verse when you talk to me.

So where I am going with this. It seems that lately people have been whisy washy about what Jesus said. They add things that are not there or take what as he said as a suggestion. They try to make it mean something that it is not or try to reword it so it says what they want it to say. People want to take parts of what Jesus said or what the Bible says and make it wishy washy.

Let me set something straight right now. GOD is not wishy washy. He does not mince words. He is very succinct and as Jesus is God, He is very Succinct as well. He never says what he doesn’t mean. When it comes to commands he is direct. Case in point.

Matthew 23:8-9

8“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

You will notice that there is no “Maybe or I suggest or Well you could if you want or not!” He is very succinct with what he says. It is not a suggestion it is a command.

Some denominations will have you believe that such words are not commands but hyperbole. Not to be taken literally. If they were not to be taken literally, then Jesus would not have put them the way he did.

Oh by the way, Jesus does not mean your earthly father. He means your Heavenly Father.

Well am I done, nope. My pen is still full of ink, metaphorically speaking. Cause well I have a lot to say.

I read somewhere that being baptized could save you. Ummmm…NO! Being baptized does not save you in any way! If that were true then Jesus would not have had to die. But you see, you have to take Christ as your Saviour before baptism. It doesn’t work any other way, no matter what anyone says.

There is a wave of people lately that have said they are Christians because they were baptized but did they take Christ as their own. I don’t know but I suspect that they forgot that little detail.

John 14:6

“I Am The Way The Truth and The Life, NO Man comes unto the Father but through me.”

I know I seem to drone on about this but it is important to remember, “Without Jesus, we can do nothing.” John 15:5c. Without taking Christ, our Christianity is empty and hollow, even if you do get baptized. Jesus is the glue that binds us together as Christians. We all bear the same name. We might have our birth name, Mine is William James, but I also have His name of William James Christian. I took Jesus as my own and I was adopted as a child of God and given a new name. Christian.

When I was baptized, I received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Some get the gift when they come to Christ. Some get it some days later and sometimes it comes when you are Baptized. It is not up to us but it is up to God. He gives you the gift when you are ready for it and not beforehand.

But I digress, the fact of the matter is, is that you can not be saved through baptism. You take Christ then baptized.

Acts 8:26-40

26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ([a]This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his [b]chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this [c]chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will [d]relate His [e]generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”

34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [[f]And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the [g]chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, [h]but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip [i]found himself at [j]Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

You see the way it went. Christ first then the Eunuch was baptized. Acceptance of Christ is always first.

Nope Not Done Yet!

I got into a discussion today about the existence of Jesus. He said that he didn’t believe in him and that it was fiction. Now I get it. There are people that don’t believe in God or Jesus or any of the gods of this world. They come out against them and they spout out a few lines of this and that but when pressed to back up what they are saying, they all of a sudden, get tired or need to go for some reason. They will go at you with what they want you to hear, and yet when they are pressed to prove it of give evidence of their stance, they run.

Here’s the thing, most people will tell you that if you argue, then you get your point across. That is not true! Sometimes the easiest way to get your point across is to be calm and succinct! Being succinct doesn’t mean using foul language. If you have to swear to get your point across then you should stay away from conversations that might get heated.

Jesus never once argued, He gave facts. He had scripture to back him up. He had the word of God not the words of man. God is God. He is perfect. Jesus is God made flesh. Man is flawed..period. They say that science is perfect but truth be told it is not perfect. It is a product of man and man is not perfect. We make mistakes so who is to say that their science is not flawed.

The science of the Bible is not flawed. Yes I said it. Here is the thing, there is a lot of difference sciences in the Bible. Biology and a lot of other ologies. All you have to do is read it. When we read the Bible we find that God is succinct. He never minces words. “If You , I Will.” He always says what he means. God never cuts corners.

So be succinct. Be direct. Don’t beat around the bush. Let the Lord speak through you not the other way around. Let him fight your battle and you will never loose.

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming is Nigh!!

 

 

 

 

His Story!

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What manual am I talking about you might ask. Well the only manual that you need to get through this life! The book that you need so much in your life. Well the Bible of course! It is after all His Story!

 

The Bible is such an amazing book. It is filled with stories of strength, love, grace, power and so much more. Swashbuckling, salvation, death, life, judgement! Let’s not forget the people. The broken and morally bankrupt people that God used every day to show His love for mankind!

The people that were flawed. We are all flawed and yet God uses us everyday. We are sinful people and yet God can use us to reveal His glory! Remember He even uses people that don’t believe in Him to reveal His Glory!

The Bible is His Story and His people! The people that He chose to be His people. The people that He created to start this Human Race! We can all trace our lineage back to Adam and Eve! Believe it or not!!

From Adam to Jesus, the lineage is unbroken but also has many branches. Just to name a few…here we go! (This is not an exhaustive list in any way).

Abraham…The Father Of Many              Isaac…(Son Of Abraham) Laughter

Jacob…(Son of Isaac) Supplanter            Judah…(Son Of Jacob) Let him (God) be praised

Jesse…(Son of Obed) Yahweh Exists      David…(Son of Jesse) Well Beloved

Solomon…(Son of David) Peace              Hezekiah…(Son Of Ahaz) Yahweh Strengthens

Manassah…(Son of Hezekiah) Making To Forget      Josiah…(Son of Amon) Yahweh Heals

Shealtiel…(Son of Jeconiah) I Have Asked God      Rahab…(A Prositute) Violence

That is but a small sample of the lineage of Christ. He was born to a sinner and yet he was sinless. He was and still is the only son of the living God! So what does that mean? What sense does it mean? Well let me it explain it thusly.

The bible is His Story. A letter of love from up above. You see the Bible is more than just His Story it is also Our Story! When we take Jesus as our own, we are adopted into the family of God and become one of His children. Romans 8:15 . We have a new standing before him. We can call Him “Abba Father!” We become family with all those that came before us and it is a very big family. Starting all the back to Adam and all the way forward to those take Christ today!

Now what does this all mean to what I have been talking about, well let’s take a peek.

The spirit of adoption – The feeling of affection, love, and confidence which pertains to children; not the servile, trembling spirit of slaves, but the temper and affectionate regard of sons. Adoption is the taking and treating a stranger as one’s own child. It is applied to Christians because God treats them as his children; he receives them into this relation, though they were by nature strangers and enemies. It implies,

(1) That we by nature had no claim on him;

(2) That therefore, the act is one of mere kindness – of pure, sovereign love;

(3) That we are now under his protection and care; and,

(4) That we are bound to manifest toward him the spirit of children, and yield to him obedience. See the note at John 1:12; compare Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5. It is for this that Christians are so often called the sons of God.

Whereby we cry – As children who need protection and help. This evinces the habitual spirit of a child of God; a disposition,

(1) To express toward him the feelings due to a father;

(2) To call upon him; to address him in the language of affection and endearing confidence;

(3) To seek his protection and aid.(*++)

Our God is a loving God. He is a caring God. He runs to the hurt and suffering. He doesn’t sit around and wait for them to come to Him. He gets off his duff and runs to us. Think on the Prodigal Son, a parable about the love and patience of God and the Forgiveness of sins. God is a forgiving God. When we ask for forgiveness, he takes that sin and tosses it as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more! Why cause he is forgetful dude, no because he chooses to!

So what does this have to do with this hill of beans I call a blog. If you are a Christian then His Story is part of Your Story.  You are called Sons Of God. He adopted you into the His family and all because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Take Jesus as your own and receive him into your heart and because of this, You will run with Giants and I mean Giants.

Giants like Moses, Abraham. Samson, Noah, Matthew, John, Peter and so many more. Those giants of God that are so much your family as much as mine. The were normal frail people that were used but God to continue His Story. They were flawed and yet the were awesome. I guess you could call them Flawsome! Continue your story and His! Spread the Gospel to all who will listen! Worship the One Who Is King Of The Universe! Jesus Christ…He is the biggest Giant of all!!

 

“KEEP LOOKING UP! HIS COMING IS NIGH!”

 

 

(*++) Barnes Notes On The Bible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello!

Jesus Loves You!

He died for you. He did it willingly. He could have told us to go fly a kite and go live his life but that was not his mission. His mission was to save mankind. He was born to die! He could have walked away and said no but he did the will of the father!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.”

John 14:6 “I am the Way, The Truth, The Life. No man comes to the Father but by me!”

Romans 3:21-26 “21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith ina]”>[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,b]”>[b] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

I am going to be brutally honest. All those religions out there are all fine and good but they won’t get you to the Father. They can’t guarantee you anything. Someone said to me that “Allah” was the way. I asked him, what has Allah done for me.He had to think for a minute. I said to him that Jesus did what no other God in this world has done.  He died for me. He let himself be put to death so that I might be saved and washed in his blood and love. Through His death, he opened the way to the Father.

Matthew 27:46 – 54

46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[c] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

We no longer have to be afraid to seek the face of God. We can seek God’s face without worry or fear.  We can look upon God and not be afraid of anything!

The joy of Salvation goes beyond the death of Jesus. His resurrection is so wonderful. He defeated death. He showed that when we die if we are in Christ, we will go the be with the Father.

Isaiah speaks about the death of Christ. It is a prophesy that came true. Everything that happens in the chapter happened to Jesus.

Isaiah 53

The Suffering Servant

Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender [a]shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should [b]be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of [c]sorrows and acquainted with [d]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely our [e]griefs He Himself bore,
And our [f]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[g]Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was [h]pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our [i]well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To [j]fall on Him.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the [k]living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, [l]putting Him to grief;
If [m]He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His [n]offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the [o]good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [p]anguish of His soul,
He will see [q]it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out [r]Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

 

I could go into more detail and make this letter longer and longer. What I am trying to say is that Jesus loves you and if you give him the chance you will find your life changed for the better. You will be filled with the spirit and have the biggest family of all behind you. There might even be someone there that you work with that is a believer!

I can’t make you take Jesus. That would be shoving Jesus down your throat and that is not what Jesus did. He said what needed to be said then stepped back and let them decide. You have free will. God gave it to you for a reason. He didn’t want robots to worship him. He wanted us to come to him willingly.

I took Jesus as my own 43 years ago and have walked with Him ever since. It’s not been easy and being laughed at is not a treat. It use to be that being a Christian was considered a disease that needed to be treated like dementia and it’s not. The joy of being a Christian is it is not a religion but rather a relationship with the One True Living God. A God that cares so much that all you have to do is reach out and He will be there.

“I have reached out to God and nothing happened.” I hear it and I usually say. “Are you sure. Did someone say God bless you today or Jesus Loves You.” God does not always appear as we might think. He comes to us through people that might pop their head in and quote a scripture or sing a song. Usually at the time you need him the most. A person looks at you when you are at your lowest and whispers “Jesus Loves You.” Don’t let those times escape. Grab onto them and ask that question I know you want to ask. “Who is Jesus!”

I leave you Jesus. Yours to take or not. I will continue to pray for you and that you come to Jesus in time.

 

 

John 20:26-29

26 [a]After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been [b]shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

 

 

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

Hi, I am Who I am!

First off let me say this. I am a Christian. I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am saved in Christ and I am, contrary to popular belief, NOT PERFECT…But I am forgiven. I have the same problems that everyone else has. I am human after all. I get depressed and I get so down at times that I just want to check out of reality for a little while. Now there are those that are gonna say things like:

“Wait if you are saved, then you’re perfect. So how can you be depressed?”

Nope not perfect. I won’t be perfect till I get to be with the Father and receive my reward, whatever that might be.

Or

“If God loves you the way that you say he does, He must not be a very loving God to let you go through the depression.”

God does love me. He sent his son to die for me and for you, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have tribulation. We are going to have tribulation. (Romans 12:12, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:35-37, 1Thessalonians 3:4)

Or

“You must not be as saved as you say you are or Jesus would take away all your problems.”

It doesn’t work that way. I am saved in Christ, but I still live in the world and still have to deal with all the problems that come with it.

So

Yup I have heard them all. We tend to lay blame for our problems at the feet of the one who created us. We shake our fists in the air and yell “Why are you doing this to me?” It’s God’s fault or the “loves you so why” nonsense. We did this, not God. We did this, we had it made in the garden. We lacked for nothing and yet we threw it all away. We blame God and yet it is not His fault. We need a scapegoat and He is the goat to be scaped.

Even Christians do it. I have, jokingly of course. “Someone up there doesn’t love me!” We call out to God and cry that it is his fault and it’s not. Now why are I so on this “His fault” line. Cause well it’s true.

I am who I am. I am a flawed human being! I am saved by grace and living in the love of the Lord. I love being a Christian. They say that being a Christian is a ball chain thing. I am a slave to the King and nothing could be further than the truth. Since I took Jesus as my own, I have had all the freedom that I so love. Jesus is a not a ball and chain but rather He is a chain breaker, a prison shaker and a pretty awesome Saviour!

There is no such thing as a perfect Christian today. We are flawed. All we can do is do the best that we can and serve the Lord and spread His gospel. If we all do that then our Lord will be known around the world and be worshiped! We are to be Christ like and as hard as we try, we won’t be able to . Christ is Perfect! We are not!

You are loved. Loved by a loving God. Loved by a Saviour that gave his life for you. So when someone says “aren’t you perfect?” You can say!

not perfect

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

Jesus Is!

Who is Jesus, well there are many names for Him! The Bible is full of them. You can’t swing a cat without reading one.

1Cor 15:45-47

45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.

Paul writes that Jesus is the second Adam. Without sin and perfect. Adam was originally perfect in every way. Had he done what he was suppose to do, he would have stayed perfect but alas he did not.

Jesus on the other hand was perfect. He was born perfect for he was not just a mortal man. He is God made flesh!

Allies, the Christian band, calls Jesus “The Last Chance Cafe.” For He is the last chance.

“NO man comes before the Father but by me!” John 14:6

Rev 21:6

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”

Jesus is the First and the Last.

White Heart calls Jesus “The Beat Of A Different Drum”

Rock And Roll Worship Circus calls Jesus “The Undiscovered”

Carman calls Jesus “The Champion”

C.S. Lewis calls him “Aslan”

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/04/and-answer-was-aslan.html

So many names of the Loving Saviour!

John calls Him the Advocate (1 John 2:1) He also calls Him the Word (John 1:1). Matthew calls Him, Beloved of God (Matthew 12:18). Mark called Him, Good Teacher (Mark 10:17). Luke calls Him, Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)

He is throughout all of the Old Testament. Daniel calls Him, “Ancient of Days “(Dan 7:9), David calls Him so many names. “King of Glory” (Psalms 24:7), “Chief Cornerstone”(Psalms118:22), “Most Mighty” (Psalms 45:3).

Jeremiah

“Branch Of Righteousness” (Jer 33:15)

Isaiah

“Wonderful Counselor (is 9:6), Mighty God (Is 9:6), Eternal Father (Is 9:6), Prince Of Peace (Is. 9:6), Mighty One Of Jacob (Is 60:16), Man of Sorrows (Is 53:3)”

These are but a few. Look them up and get the read along points if you have them in your Bible.

Jesus has so many names that are not biblical but still so important. One person I know calls Jesus “The Love Of My Life”. Whatever you call him be it “First Love” (1 John 4: 19) to “Love of a Lifetime” or maybe the simple “Saviour”.

The names we give to the Saviour of the world is up to us. They can be biblical or not. We show our love and respect for Him when we do so. If people look at you funny, smile and whisper “Jesus is Groovy Man!”

“To God be the Glory, for in His love for us, He sent HIS Son to die for all mankind.”

Carman said it best!

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming is Nigh!”

 

Copyright 2019 Jim Ley

 

 

 

 

Jesus’ Gang!

I was asked to join a gang…….I gave them this response….

“I am already in a gang….the best gang of all…and my Leader is pretty rad….balls to the wall sort of guy….after all…..He did spread out His arms and died for me!”

 

“Keep Looking Up!! His Coming Is High!”

Love Is!

love is blind. Love is blind. Love Is blind. Love Is Blind! Let that sink in for a bit. Let the revelation of it make you go…hmmmmmmm. (I will wait!).

Okay so now that you know that LOVE IS BLIND!! Did you know that it is true. Love is one of those emotions that are wonderful and fulfilling. Love makes you feel giddy and alive. Your world turns brighter. It comes alive. Without love, life is a slight drab. Now with that being said, to some a life without love is just fine for them. They have fun and enjoyment well until they see their friends in love. Being in love is one of the best feelings in the world. But, yes of course there is a but. Love is felt tenfold when it is coupled with the love of God!

We say that love is blind but it’s not.  We say we will love forever, we don’t. We fall out of  love for whatever reason. Maybe because we are tired of getting hurt or the love we once felt is no longer the same. It has mellowed. It faded and as hard as we try, we can’t get it back. But there is a secret to keeping your love alive.

The love of God can keep the earthly love you have alive. God’s love is unconditional. Believe it or not, our love is not. We set conditions on it. If you loved me and so on and so forth. We say that cause no matter what, we are not secure in the love we have for each other! But the love of God never fades or fails. It is always secure and we can revel in it. Bath in it. Swim in it!

If both of you are in the Love of God then the love you have for each other will be stronger. Does this mean that your love for each other won’t be tested. Won’t be stretched. Nope. Sorry but we are not God, we are human. We are nowhere near perfect. God’s love is perfect and true.

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Where the love we have for our spouse is a human love, prone to failure, we sometimes just don’t feel the same way anymore. “I love you but I am no longer in love with you.” is a true statement and it happens for whatever reason. We fall out of love. It happens in Christian marriages as well, but it is worth the work and the fight. Let God in and He will help you.

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

God Loves YOU!!!!

God. The Great I Am. Jehovah. The God Of Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Jesus Christ. He created this world and the entire universe that we live in.

Genesis 1:1-5

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”

6 days it took Him to create this universe and the ball of dust that we call home. 6 days to create all the things on this ball of dust. 6 days to prepare it for His greatest creation. Man. He created us perfect. We were set in a garden with everything that we needed. We were able to commune with God at any given time. He would walk the garden and take care of us and talk with us. All we had to do was obey Him in one thing.

Genesis 2:15-17

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

That was it. No big deal right. No problem but alas there was a problem. The devil had come into the garden and tickled Eve’s ear. He whispered sweet nothings in her ear and she listened. She listened and the devil smiled. Now understand this, the devil is not a god. He is not a demi-god. He is a created being just like us. God created him!

(Ezekiel 28:11-19)

11 Again the word of the Lord came to me saying, 12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God,

“You had the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trade
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.
18 “By the multitude of your iniquities,
In the unrighteousness of your trade
You profaned your sanctuaries.
Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;
It has consumed you,
And I have turned you to ashes on the earth
In the eyes of all who see you.
19 “All who know you among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified
And you will cease to be forever.”’”

 

You think that for the garden and being looked after, they would be thankful and obey God. They would be content to live in perfection but alas no. Eve listened to the snake and of course Adam listened to Eve. Eve bit of the apple and found that it was good and so she convinced Adam to do the same.

The Snake knew what he was doing and he did it with perfection. He had convinced them to eat of the apple. He was thankful. He had corrupted the only two on the planet. He had done his job well. He had gained two new followers or at least he thought he did.

So God is walking through the garden and calls out of Adam and he does not answer. He calls again and still no answer. Finally Adam answers.

Genesis 3 is the story of the fall of Man. It is too long to put in here so I will leave it to you to look it up and read it.

Man learned about good and evil. He also learned that he was well..stupid! He listened to the Evil one. He let himself be fooled. So where does that leave him. Ashamed and scared. He never noticed that he was naked before. But now he does. He never realized that he could loose everything. Now he does and he does loose everything.

God came walking through the garden to commune with Adam but they hid in fear. God called out to him and Adam replied.

“I heard the sound of You in the garden and I was afraid.”

“Why were you afraid?”

“Because I am naked and did not want you to see me that way.”

“Who said you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I told you not to eat from?”

And so begins the idea of “passing the buck“.

Adam replied

“The woman that you gave me gave me the apple and convinced me to eat of it.”

God replied

“What have you done? Did you do this awful thing?”

Eve replied

“The serpent deceived me and I ate of the apple!”

So God curses the serpent to move along the ground by way of his belly.

That is the simple retelling of the fall of man. It can also be boiled down to this one line. “The fall of man is because of a chick that didn’t know a line when she heard one and a dude that didn’t know how to keep his mouth shut!”

All kidding aside. God created man for what purpose.  “God put man on the earth to reflect His image and to rule over the creation (Gen. 1:26, 28).”  Why create a universe if there is no one to do anything with it. It would shrivel up and die. So God created man to rule over the land, the see and all the animals.

God created the world for His greatest creation. US. We were given the keys to the kingdom and instead of treasuring them, we trampled them into the ground like rocks. We sinned a great sin and God could have destroyed us right then and there, but He didn’t. He did however “curse us”. We had it made and we tossed it away.

Genesis 3:16

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

 

Now understand this, God is God. He could have destroyed them but he didn’t Why, because like any Father, He is patient with his children. So he did the following.

Genesis 21-24

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

God is a God of love. Some say that He is a god of anger. The fall of man story says otherwise. If God was a god of anger, He would have destroyed Adam and Eve and the devil and started all over again. But he didn’t. Adam started fresh only now instead of having everything handed to him on a silver platter, he had to work for it.

God loves us. He loves us for we are His creation. People say that “God Hates the Sinner” that is so not true. God hates the SIN but loves the SINNER! and if you would like Proof…read Genesis 3!

“Keep Looking UP! For His Coming Is Nigh!”