Summary: DO you ever stop to consider the little words in the Bible? After this message, you may start too.
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A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
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By- Evangelist Gary Huckaby
Our text for this message is found in the very first book, chapter, and verse, of the Bible. Genesis 1:1, please read along with me if you will.
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
There are many seemingly insignificant words in literature. Just as there are seemingly insignificant words in the Scriptures, but these little words hold a powerful and important place in the life of every human being that has, or will live. One such little word is the word "IN".
The first word one reads in God’s Word is this word "IN". The word itself denoted that everything that exists is a part of someone or something. "In the beginning," or when the beginning happened. it was done by God or, was in God. The word "IN" is used through the Bible some 1722 times.
"In the beginning God."
To be in something there is a surrounding of the thing the IN is a part of. The beginning of the heaven and the earth was IN God. God already existed when heaven and earth began. They were the result’s of God’s beginning for them. The beginning was IN God Almighty. IN the Father, IN the Son, and IN the Spirit of God. If the word "IN" is so insignificant, then why did God use it to start all other words of His Holy Word?
Little words have big or great meanings in God’s Word. Even the crossing of the t’s and the dotting of the i’s are inspired of God in His Word. Therefore, "IN" is a very special word in Scripture. Let us look now at a small portion of Scripture in which we find the word "IN" used.
Man Created IN God’s Image
Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
The first man Adam was created IN God’s image. IN God’s image means to be made eternal, or without end. IN God’s image is to be self willed. Man can do as he chooses, and God Himself will not inter fear with his choice IN God’s image man is a thinking, creating being. Inventions, modifications are a part of mans intellect. IN God’s image man had dominion, authority and control over everything on the earth.
This image was partially lost at the fall of the first man Adam. When Adam chose to do his own will, instead of God’s will, he lost much of the image of God. Because Adam sinned, he then passed that sin nature down to every person born of man. Now the Bible proclaims to us that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
In The Seventh Day
Genesis 2:1-3, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. "
Note verse 3 again please. "Because that IN it He had rested on the Seventh day from all His work which God created and made. In the seventh day, God rested or ceased His creating work. The Seventh day is blessed by God, for on the Seventh day God ended His work. Just as God created the heaven and earth in a day, He also ended and rested IN the Seventh day. This was the chosen day that the Old Testament saints were by the law of God, told to do no work. To rest from all their labors. The day when they were to cease physical labor and to remember their creator, God. A day to reflect on His mercy, and His loving care for them. As you well know they later refused to obey God’s law, and because of that, God had to punish, or chastise them for their disobedience. That chastisement came in the form of being taken into captivity by other nations.
In The Day
Genesis 2:17, "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."
Man is in the garden of Eden here. His home, his service place to God. He was there to fellowship with God, to live freely, to dress the garden, to keep it; His only job. A wonderful duty of service, All except one tree there was perfect. That one tree was not man’s creation, it was the creation of one of God’s created beings. A creation of Lucifer, now named Satan. The tree of sin, the tree of disobedience to God. The work of the devil. God told the man, Adam, "thou shalt not eat of it; for IN the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."