In the beginning, God created everything: light & darkness, water & sky, sea & land, fish, birds, plants, trees, livestock, Man. Out of the dirt of the ground, God formed a creation to reflect His image, and named him Adam, literally ‘Dirt’ in the Hebrew. However, knowing that His image is not lonely, a hint of the community of the Trinity [*Father, Son, & Holy Spirit], God brings the creation story into greater detail in chapter 2 of Genesis, by creating out of Man, Woman, and giving all Mankind relationship not only with Himself, but with now a ‘one another.’ From the beginning, God has intended His image bearers, US, to enjoy community and fellowship with one another, that we may enjoy community and fellowship with Him. Relationships and oneness are elements of God’s grace.
All the more potently deadly and costly then was the Fall of Mankind to sin and death, recorded in Genesis chapter three. By disobeying God, our fellowship with Him has been lost, and our understanding of love and relationships has also become a legend and myth. We do not recognize it, for we in Adam chose sin and death instead of love and community. Even so, having to banish Mankind from His presence and prevent them from eating of the Tree of Life as to keep them from suffering forever, God sends them away, but not before promising that He will bring justice to what has been done wrong.
To the serpent,—the one who [though never the image bearer of God himself] was the manifestation of one who had previously rejected, waged war against, and had been cast out of the presence of God himself, tempted Man and Woman also to reject their association with God, they as His image bearers, to instead be like him and attempt to be their own masters and fates.—he, the devil, who tempted Man & Woman to be like God, without God, God spoke the first prophecy of humanity’s redemption, that even in the darkest hour, as the serpent would seek to strike the heel of God’s savior to man, the seed of the Woman, God would use the seed of Woman to strike down the serpent, sin, and death. This was the very first message of the cross.
Looking at the Creation story in Genesis two, we may understand that God’s design for us, all of us, is that we be in His presence. His love for us shows in His grace to all men and women by His privileging all He purposes with relationships and community, even though our sin proves again and again we do not deserve such mercy.
One body, in flesh or in spirit, Christians are united in Christ’s body the Church, and we are redeemed by the Love of God that we may enjoy Him forever in relationship and Community, as ones who are His image bearers.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Original entry from Symphony Theologica, the personal blog of David Tank.
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The Chronological Bible reading plan I am following comes from
Tyndale House Publisher’s: The One Year Chronological Bible (1995);
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version (1973).