Genesis 3: Eyes wide-open

Vitruvian man, by Da Vinci
Vitruvian man, by Da Vinci

“Their eyes were opened, and they saw that they were naked.”  What happened here?  Why didn’t they know they were naked before?  I propose it is because they were “cloaked” with divine light as a result of their daily communion with God.  Remember when Moses returned from Mount Sinai with the tablets, how his face glowed so brightly that no one could look upon him?  Adam and even walked with God every evening.  Daily they absorbed His holy light, and as a result, I think their bodies were radiant, literally “clothed” in light.  The moment they sinned, that holy light went out, revealing their nakedness.  They hid from God, because they could see that the light was gone.  It was not so much their anatomy as their darkness that made them ashamed.  Their eyes were “opened” to evil and darkness.  They could suddenly conceive dark thoughts—lust, envy, greed, hatred, jealousy, selfishness.  Think how immediately Adam turned on Eve, the companion and lover he adored, and blamed her for his sin.  The serpent’s lie, “Your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,” contained a sliver of truth. They were nothing like God after they fell, but they did “know…evil”.  They had always known good, because they knew God.  Evil, His polar opposite, was a new concept and unfortunately the only promise that Satan delivered.  The ability to conceive dark, unholy thoughts, to rebel against the Creator, is the poison that came with that forbidden fruit, and it did indeed bring death.  The hope I find here however is that we can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in His eyes, we are once again clothed with the light of Christ’s righteousness.  We can’t see it yet, but one day, we will.

Reading: Genesis 3

Genesis 2: The Divine “transfusion”

Creation of Adam, Michelangelo
Creation of Adam, Michelangelo

“The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”  Everything else the Creator spoke into existence.  He caused the earth itself to “bring forth” the other living creatures.  But man He personally sculpted.  Adam was hand-crafted.  As an artist I can relate to the joy of creating things with my hands, patiently detailing my work and feeling that thrill of making something beautiful.  That’s how God created man, with patience and delight.  Then, as God alone can do, He have his handiwork LIFE—not just animation or energy, but an eternal spirit.  He made man to dwell with him forever.  Surrounded by death and decay as we are in this world, it is easy to lose sight of our eternal destiny.  We think of life as this present existence.  But the life God breathed into man was so much more than that.  Like a transfusion of God’s life force, that breath transformed a sculpture of clay into an immortal being, a child of the eternal Father God.  We were created to live, love and worship forever in His presence.  This truth answers the age-old question of every man: What is the meaning of life?

Reading: Genesis 2

Genesis 1: Those familiar words…

Crab Nebula
Crab Nebula, Credit: NASA

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Possibly the most familiar sentence in Scripture, this verse represents for many their introduction to God’s Word—the first scripture they ever heard.  To the unbeliever, it may sound like myth, legend, dogma, or just foolishness.  But for the believer, it encapsulates one of the fundamental tenets upon which our entire faith is based: that everything we know, this reality in which we live, began with God.  I never cease to be amazed by how the story of the creation speaks to me when I read it.  I have heard it so many times I can recite it from memory.  Yet reading it, I am struck once again with the awesome truth of the Creator’s love for mankind.  Everything He created—from the beautiful to the practical—He crafted to make a perfect home for us.  Each day of Creation represents a layer of loving preparation for day six, when He stepped down onto planet Earth, pulled clay from the ground beneath his feat, and fashioned His most cherished creature, man.  You and I are the reason He made everything in this amazing universe, and He made us for one purpose: to worship Him.  We are the offspring of God, created in His image to enjoy a loving relationship with Him forever. 

Reading: Genesis 1

The Journey Begins

Why do people read the Bible?  The Bible is said to be the best-selling book of all time.  Millions read it every day.  Billions of copies have been printed and sold over the past 200 years alone.  No other book gets that kind of attention, much less an ancient text.  So what makes the Bible special?  A few statistics I’ve gathered:

The Bible..

  • was initially spoken then written over a period of about 1300 years, between 1200 B.C. and A.D. 100.
  • was written by over 40 different people from all walks of life, including scribes, kings, fishermen, musicians, prophets, tentmakers and at least one doctor.
  • was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
  • has been translated into over 1000 languages.
  • is the most shop-lifted book in the world!  (That one surprised me.)

These are all interesting facts and figures, but what fascinates me is the fact that this ancient book remains so alive and loved today. Christian Freedom International estimates that one Christian is martyred every five minutes.  The world may think of these people as numbers and refer to them by their label, “Christian”.  But as fellow believers, we know that what they are clinging to and dying for is their belief that the Bible is God’s Word and their faith in Jesus Christ, the living Word of Whom it speaks.    

I’ve read through the Bible before, but it has been several years so I decided recently to read through it again.  This time, my reading plan is simply one chapter a day.  I even have a nice new Bible to read through, a birthday gift from my sweet wife.  But this time I’m going to do something new as I read—I’m going to journal, recording my meditations here in a blog.  Why?  To keep myself accountable, to record what God speaks to me as I read, to share it maybe with others and encourage them to do the same.

As believers, the Word should be like the the air we breathe, constantly flowing in and out of us.  It should permeate our thoughts and conversations, shaping how we think and how we relate to those around us.  Can you say that is always true for you?  I can’t. So here I commence a fresh journey through Scripture.  I hope you’ll join me, walking in the well-worn steps of the ancient Words spoken by the Creator to His beloved children.

Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.  —Ps 119:18, TLB