My Journey of Grace #2

How Did It All Begin?

God has done everything He intended to do in His six days! And then, God put His creation in progress and motion! And, until by His time, it shall complete its course (Genesis 1-2). Man (I/me/you) was in the mind of God before the world began (Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 1:15-16). Learning this blew me away. Somewhere down the corridor of history, the Son of God would want me to be one of his “vessels of grace” in the world (Ephesians 1:4). What is there about man, me, and you that God loved so much, and that the Son of God, Himself, would lay down His life for us (Psalm 8:3-6; John 3:16; John 10:14-18)? And what would I, you, or anyone have to do to be a friend of Jesus the Christ (John 15:12-17)?

Where did I come from?

I came to this conclusion with the help of the two reporters/accounts of Genesis that put the creation story into script. I learned that “I was Created Long Before I was born, And so were you!” There are two accounts of the origin of man and there is a distinct difference between the two writers; especially, with regards to “man.” Genesis, Chapter One, introduces God in the plural as “Gods” (Elohim and not El), and as an “US”. The plural “Gods” have only one Spirit that unites them. The “US” creates the universe, our planet with all plants, and animals before the six days are up (Genesis 1:1-25). Towards the end of the sixth day, the “US” decided to make man, both male and female, in the plural, and give them instructions. And then the “US” retired, permanently. And the “US” (Gods) leave the management of the earth in the hands of the human beings. Our English text uses the singular for “God;” however, the Hebrew text has the plural “Gods.”

Then God (s) said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food. And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. 

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because of it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation (Genesis 1:26-2:1-3).

The Writer of the Second Genesis Account (2:7-9; 18-25).

Genesis Two begins at verse 6 (six) and not with verse 1 (one). The plural Elohim (Gods) has become one Lord (Yahweh) and it is this “One Lord” that undertakes the task of creating a man, and then a woman. This man received something extra! The Lord blew His own Breath and His Spirit into man. This man has the knowledge to distinguish between good and evil. This man is allowed to choose what he wants to be, and even what he wants to eat (Genesis 3). 

“Then the Lord God formed man from the dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:7-9).

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, say, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 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 die.” Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.”

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:18-25).

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever”—therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:22-24).

What do these Scripts teach? 

To begin with, they shed light on many things that I have misunderstood and have been misled. The belief that “God is in control” of the world is incorrect. God, “Gods” made a self-sustaining good world! And then God handed it over to man to manage. God is resting! And God is abstaining from interfering in human affairs until Judgment Day, or at the end of time (II Corinthians 5:10). However, God cannot withdraw His Spirit from man because man is like and resembles “His Creator” with a similar behavior and mentality of independence. It is man’s spirit, which is part of the “Eternal Spirit of God!” And it is the “Eternal Spirit of God” who is the Ultimate Spirit and Source of Life on earth! Life in man is on a time clock, and in a period of grace, in which man can choose to be either good or evil. It is also the only time when man can open his spirit to the Spirit of God and allow God to supply man with assistance to make the right choices. And it is the time when the serpent Satan will try to endear himself to man and mislead him/her. Man, like the gods, has a free will and can choose whom he/she wants to serve. Man’s choices decide his destiny (Genesis 3). Jesus issued this warning:

“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by our words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:33-37).  

All good gifts come from God! And they are dispersed through God’s “vessels of grace” (James 1:16-18). Satan, too, is busy handing out gifts, which rob man of his relationship with God and his fellowmen. Satan is very generous with the material blessings of God the human body needs; however, Satan perverts them into harm and evil. My role and your role is to be “vessels of grace” that distributes what is good and healthy for everyone. For instance, my spirit and soul existed with God before the world was created. Thousands of years into history, my parents brought me into the world to become a “vessel of grace” for my Lord Jesus Christ. My arrival brought great joy and hope to my parents, family, and friends. God gave me over ninety years to practice his grace. And God sent many angels to keep me alive and prepare me to share the insights, which His Spirit would grant me. The first thing the Lord wants me to share with you is that He is as close to you as He is to me! However, you must be willing to open your spirit and let His Words in and He will tell you what you must do. God’s Spirit has provided all you need to know, how to please, and how to serve the Lord. If any one regards this as ludicrous — then read this why God does not stop atrocities. Also, read what happens when we neglect guarding the good things God gives us. If we let sin and evil tear up our lives, it will be very difficult to put it back together.

When he opened the fourth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; they cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been (Revelation 6:9-11).

Another parable Jesus put before his disciples, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let Both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but rather the wheat into my barn’” (Matthew 13:24-30).

We can also read … who is messing up the world (Revelation 12:7-12)? Who has all the power and wealth man has handed over to (Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:5-7)? And who were the enemies of Jesus? If not — but the children of the devil (John 8:39-47)? Who angered and defied the Spirit of God (I Thessalonians 5:19-21)? What did Jesus find when He went to the temple? And who disregarded the Laws of Moses? Also, who allows dulling man’s conscience? So, they end up as slaves to sin (Romans 6:16-19)? 

And they came to Jerusalem. And Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who brought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons; and he would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple. And he taught, and said to them,”Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and sought a way to destroy him; for they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching. And when evening came they went out of the city (Mark 11:15-19).