Genesis 1:3-5

Brief Update

Hello. Things have been Crazy for quite some time. This is why I haven’t posted in a while. Things have calmed down for now.

INtroduction to Genesis Chapter 1 verses 3 through 5

These verses deal with God, light and darkness, day and night. Let’s take each individual topic briefly.

God

In this section there are four things God does. God said, it happened in verse 3.. In verse 4 God saw the light was good then He divided the light from the darkness. This actually makes me think a little. How could the light and darkness be together. Well honestly I just don’t know. But God divided them and then in verse five God called the two by different names. The time for the light was day and the time for the darkness was night.

Light and darkness

Not much to say here. God said let there be light and there was. darkness already was there as it states in verse 2. The light became day and the darkness night. And to God the light was good.

Day and Night

Day and night really for the most part go with the light and darkness except they also are stated as the first day in verse five.

Conclusion

Always the conclusion right now is these verses what you believe about them is where you stand in other things you belief. So decide. Did God create things in an orderly manner like the Scripture says He did. Or did they come to be just on their own?

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Genesis 1:2

Introduction

Hello everyone. Today I will be talking about Genesis Chapter 1 verse 2. This is not for me the easiest verse to talk about mainly because there are so many interpretations as to what it means. I will simply stay basic. The verse is as follows from the King James Version:

Genesis 1:2: And the earth was without form, and Void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

What is this verse really talking about?

Well just for simplicity’s sake let us just stick with what the verse says. Apparently the earth was formless and empty and was covered with water And God’s spirit moved/hoovered some would say brooded upon that water.

What does all this mean?

Honestly I think with this verse this is where people get into arguments on debating stuff. Some will say that verse 2 is disconnected from verse 1 and there was a great catastrophe where God had to remake the earth. There are problems with this view mainly that when God finished creating everything He said it was very good. The other problem is every version I have read except a few that have had paragraphs have always grouped verses 1 and 2 in their own paragraph. Not that this is a big deal but I don’t think that that was personally accidental. I personally believe verses 1 and 2 are meant to be together. It creates strange teachings to separate them.

So what does it mean? Personally I think God is just telling us what He did before He started created things. And how it was. And I think personally it is as simple as that. Maybe later in life and as I study more I may think differently. But I do believe it is that simple.

What are we going to do about it? How does it apply to us?

As I said with Genesis 1:1 it determines as some would call it your world view and/or Christian view. If you believe what this verse says whole heartedly then you will not tend to allegorize God’s word. If you try to interpret it beyond what it is saying and try to explain something that really can’t be explained because we weren’t there you will tend to allegorize and symbolize God’s word and take other things out of context down the road.

As I said before and will probably say again. The final decision you make is completely up to you. I don’t have a PH.D. I am not a pastor. I am just a Christian who is simply stating things as I see God to be showing them through what I am taught at church and what the Holy Spirit shows me as I read God’s word.

Conclusion

Yes I know this wasn’t an exciting one today. But I find even for me Genesis 1:2 is confusing. If you keep it with Genesis 1:1 it isn’t so much. But still I personally believe it is something we can maybe grasp and get an idea what was going on. But I believe God will teach us certain things in eternity and I personally believe this will be one of them He teaches us. I of course could be wrong. But I am not going to say something totally outlandish either and teach false teaching. If I don’t know what His word is saying then I only state what it is obviously saying and trash any weird ideas I may have or other’s may have until the Lord Himself shows me the truth either through personal study of His word. Or through fellow believers and iron sharpening iron. I will not twist God’s word to make it say something it doesn’t say for any reason. Even if my simple thoughts seem foolish.


Genesis 1:1

Hello everyone.
I started this on another blog actually. But I like wordpress much better because I can have it automatically post to my facebook and twitter accounts.
Ok. About Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven(s) and the earth.
I personally believe the word heaven should be translated heavens in the king james version as the Hebrew word behind that word is plural. But I won’t insist upon it.
The thing I will say or ask today is what do we believe about this verse? Could one say that how one thinks of this verse affects one’s entire belief system?

What do we believe about this verse?
Well. What does the verse say? In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
If we believe this verse we believe that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning when nothing else existed except Himself. It is really that simple.

Could one say that how one thinks of this verse affects one’s entire belief system?
I personally believe that yes it does affect one’s entire believe system. If one takes the verse at face value although simple it is profound. To believe this verse at all means you believe there is God. And what is more you believe that God created what it says He created. And generally taking this view you will take a more literal view about God’s word and take it seriously.

If you don’t believe this verse or believe only half of this verse then you will tend to take the Bible allegorically and/or not believe it at all.

My personal belief.

I believe that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth as it says. I believe in the Bible (God’s Word) very literally and very seriously. I will understand if you disagree with me but this is what I believe.

Challenge to readers of this post.

Have you ever thought about what you believe and how it may affect your whole life system? If not I ask you to please think about it today. And if you need to do something about it please do.


The price of following Christ. A poem I found while researching something.

Hello everyone. I sometimes will listen to a program called stories of great christians. This program recently has on one station anyway been playing the story of John and Betty Stam who were missionaries to China in the early 1930’s.
Due to everything that has been going on about this Iranian pastor I decided to see what I could find out what happened to these missionaries in China so I did a websearch. In searching for this info I found the info I was looking for and the poem I will share.
Before I do that though. I myself often think about what would I do if someone said I must do something or die for my faith. Or die simply because people wanted money or other things and no one could pay my ransom whatever that may be. Or whatever the reason.
My prayer is and always will be till I know differently that this Iranian pastor is not martyred. However I think we all need to remember that God is in control and although we may not understand why things go the way they do sometimes there is always a reason. And for Christians who are persecuted for what they believe and some who even die. God uses that is such a way that nothing can truly explain it except God’s hand working in a very sad very dark situation to make manifest His glory.
This poem which was written by a person who knew someone who died also for their faith in Christ like the Stams did asks us the question. I heard this poem a while ago I wish I could remember where but I don’t. Having it come up again though as I said I believe is God reminding me of things I have long forgotten and also showing me that there is nothing to fear really. That everything even bad things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28. I love Romans Chapter 8.
Anyway the poem. And ask yourselves if your Christianity just a way for you escape hell. Or do you really love your Lord and Saviour and would you say I can not if someone asked you to renounce your faith and believe another religious beliefs just to save your life? What is more important to us? Living as Christ would have us live and letting His glory be made manifest. Or living our own lives as we choose maybe having a good time for a while but not content at all because we haven’t sacrificed anything for One who sacrificed all for us?
Here is the poem. If you wish to find John and Betty Stam’s story do a google search for it it will come up. And one of the first sites will also talk about this poem. Don’t misunderstand me death isn’t nice. And we should never sit back and wait for a person to die even if it is for their faith in Christ. But afraid. Are we afraid to speak the truth no matter the cost if it may cost us everything possibly even our lives to do so?

Poem:

The poem, entitled “Afraid?” was written by Presbyterian missionary E.H. Hamilton following the recent martyrdom of one of his colleagues, J.W. Vinson, at the hands of rebel soldiers in northern China. A small Chinese girl who escaped from the bandits related the incident that provided the inspiration for Hamilton’s poem.

“Are you afraid?” the bandits asked Vinson as they menacingly waved a gun in front of him.

“No,” he replied with complete assurance. “If you shoot, I go straight to heaven.”

His decapitated body was found later.

Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Saviour’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace,
The glory gleam from wounds of grace,
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash – a crash – a pierced heart;
Brief darkness – Light – O Heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To enter into Heaven’s rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not –
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid? Of that?


God’s sense of humour?

This was actually something I posted to a class I take part in online. I thought I would post it here too. As really this blog is not so much post on a whim. Eventually I want it to be more Bible than current events. Or more importantly what I want it to be is the Bible mixed in with every day life events. I am not sure I am saying this right. But that is my desire.
Maybe a response to the dailypost wordpress challenge and then another focused on the daily Bible study I did or maybe just like this one things God shows me in His wonderful perfect timing. Only He could release such a nice little bop on the head and not have it hurt too much.

And sorry for the old English spelling of our vs or on certain words. It just is the way I spell my words. Always have.
Anyway. I took a nap this afternoon. And I dreamt of a song that wow I haven’t heard in years and I mean years.
Soemtimes I should just wait and let the Lord give me the words to say because I could have added this to my earlier post to assure you guys I truly to believe in grace. I don’t believe in salvation by works. Although I do believe saved men and women should do good works but I believe it is proof that they are indeed saved.
Anyway I wish I could sing this for you. and I only remember the chorus.
His grace is sufficient for me
His love is abundant and free
Oh what joy fills my soul just to know just to know
That His grace is sufficient for me.

I am serious I know have haven’t sung that song for at least twenty years if not longer. And I definitely haven’t heard it sung in that period of time.
It is like this Iranian pastor that I am still praying for although the Lord has given me peace about him. I still pray for him and his family.
Sunday I was in church and I had this melody going through my head just out of the blue. Our church sings different words to it. But I believe the Lord or maybe myself cut off its memory because to remember the words of that song would aggrevate me.
I was sitting there in church sunday morning waiting for our brief beginning of the day message before Sunday school and I was humming the tune. All of a sudden I grabbed my iphone opened up mantis bible study opened up the hymnal module and looked up Am I a soldier of the Cross.
Read the words wanted to throw the phone across the room bu instead bowed my head and prayed.
I still wasn’t comforted because I know what the Lord was telling me to realize. So I picked up the phone again. flicked my finger across the screen again and had those words being read to me again. Again I wanted to fling the phone across the room and cry out. Again I just bowed my head and prayed.
It was like that all day Sunday. In the afternoon I downloaded some songs by Steve Green. I just let them play in order. and the first two songs were.
Broken and Spilled Out. And
I am crucified with Christ.
The third I believe was find us Faithful. You can imagine by this time how aggrevated I was. I couldn’t find anything about the pastor and how he was online. I just kept getting bombarded by songs in church and out of our duty as Christians and how sometimes we may suffer and we are actually called to suffer and I was upset. I was crying.
And finally the Lord calmed my heart and my spirit. And I was able to smile. Even after dropping my iphone on the floor and cracking its screen grrrr. I think it will be ok as long as I don’t drop it too many times again. I don’t have money for a new one right now. But in all of what happened yesterday. I still know nothing about this pastor. But really either God has a sense of humour although it may be a bit dry. Or He is reopening some things to me that He either shut for a while. Or I might have shut for a while.
Either way people. If you aren’t going to church currently. Please find one and go. The Scriptures say we shouldn’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together. I am one reason. Or what happened to me is just proof to me of one reason why. We need that fellowship if for nothing more than to keep us stable and keep us focused on Christ. Even if we don’t talk much to those around us. Just being there with fellow believers helps. It really does. So please don’t forsake that. At the same time find a good Bible believing church. Don’t go to one that twists God’s word or call things good that are not according to God’s word. Find one that is truly teaching God’s word as it should be taught. And grow there.
Take care everyone.
I am crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live. Jesus Christ now lives in me.