Meditation

08/10/2021

A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.). The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the Fourth river is the Euphrates.” (Genesis 2:10-14)

The Bible locates all God’s action even with the first people. The first couple did not lose a place in heaven and have to settle for earth. They were made from and belonged to earth. They lost intimacy with God and cooperation with one another and the environment, but God’s intention was always an earthly history with His creatures.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, thank You for all the resources that You provided for us throughout time. Thank You for Your earthly love of Your creation and thank You for your love of us, that have felt and continue to feel Your presence in our lives. Thank You for the sacrifice on the cross of Your Son, our Savior, who walked among us and taught us and still teaches us through Your Word, of how we ought to live our lives in harmony with each other and with all the creatures of the world. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jesus loves you, is the feeling mutual?”

KNOWING GOD:

Biblical history is an account of the created world and its generations. “Account” (Hebrew – toledoth) gives the literary and theological pattern to Genesis (5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:20, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1, 9; 37:2). Toledoth means both an account of a people’s history and the generations of people who participate in the history. The Bible focuses upon earthly activities rather than heavenly ones as did many of Israel’s neighbors. The Bible points to God’s new acts to relate to new generations of people, whereas other religions focused on repeated acts in the divine world which determined the face of the human world. Thus creation is not a mythical gift among the gods but an earthly action by the one God to prepare a place for the human creatures with whom He wished to related in freedom and love.” (Genesis 25:19)

Biblical history is an account of the created world and its generations. “Account” (Hebrew – toledoth) gives the literary and theological pattern to Genesis (5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:20, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1, 9; 37:2). Toledoth means both an account of a people’s history and the generations of people who participate in the history. The Bible focuses upon earthly activities rather than heavenly ones as did many of Israel’s neighbors. The Bible points to God’s new acts to relate to new generations of people, whereas other religions focused on repeated acts in the divine world which determined the face of the human world. Thus creation is not a mythical gift among the gods but an earthly action by the one God to prepare a place for the human creatures with whom He wished to related in freedom and love.

I AM:

Linear history may appear to repeat itself as one generation fails to learn history’s lessons and repeats the sins of the previous generation. Even God’s acts of deliverance may appear to be repeating themselves in a cycle. The Book of Judges reflect this repetition of salvation and judgment. God’s people experience, but the book tells the stories of each judge to show how God works with individuals in individual situations. God seeks to break through the sin cycle to bring His eternal purposes to His people. He thus moves history forward in linear succession to establish His kingdom.” (Judges 2:16-23)

Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of he hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the lord’s commands. Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of he hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their fathers, following other gods of their fathers and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and said, ‘Because this nation has violated the covenant that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me, I will no longer drive out before them any of he nations Joshua left when he died. I will use them to test Israel and see whether hey will keep the way of he lord and walk in it as their forefathers did.’ The Lord had allowed those nations to remain ; he did not drive hem out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of he entire Roman world.” (Luke 2:1)

Jesus’ birth came in the ongoing stream of history. God worked through unbelieving rulers and their political purposes to provide the unrepentable gift of salvation in Christ Jesus.

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