Monday, January 2, 2017 – Genesis 1-3

genesis-1-1Daily reading assignment: Genesis 1-3

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

I believe a consciousness of God is written on the heart of every man and woman and the beauty and expanse of the heavens give undeniable evidence of the Creator.

Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

Romans 1:20 – “For the invisible things of Him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

I believe God has written on the heart and conscience of man a moral law, a universal sense of absolutes of right and wrong (Romans 2:14-15). Examples of universal laws written on the heart and conscience of man would include: 1) Murder; 2) Theft or cheating; 3) Preying upon innocent children.   In the words of Paul, men universally show or evidence “the work of the law written in their heart, their conscience also bearing witness” (Romans 2:15).genesis-2-7

In today’s devotional assignment, Genesis 1 states the fact and wonder of God’s creation and Genesis 2 offers greater detail of man’s unique creation (Genesis 2:7). Adam was more than a creature of God’s creation; he was uniquely created with a soul, a consciousness of self and his creator.  Adam was created to serve God as the steward (Genesis 1:28) and servant (laborer) in His creation (Genesis 2:15).  Man was commanded to “dress” and “keep” the Garden [“dress” = to till the ground; garden; “keep” = to guard; to keep it beautiful and in order].

The question might be asked: “Why did God put a tree in the midst of the Garden and then forbid Adam and Eve to eat its fruit?”

Answer – Adam and Eve were not robots who had to do as they were programmed.  God created them with “free wills” and gave them the ability to choose to obey or disobey God. Adam had both liberty and limitation. He had the liberty to eat “…Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: “ (2:16).  He had one limitation“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (2:17).forbidden-fruit

Think of it this way: The forbidden fruit was not a test of God’s love for Adam, but a test of Adam’s love and devotion for God.

Tragically, for the human race, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. Mercifully, God had planned to extend His mercy, grace, and forgiveness to sinners through the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 – “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith