Summary: If we truly want to know who we are, why we are here, what our purpose is, and where we are going, we need to go back to the Book of Genesis.This Series of sermons are based on a book by Ruben Shelly
LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER
Text: Genesis 2 & 3
All schoolteachers can tell you every class they teach is different. They all have different personalities. I had one class several years ago that was unique because of their humor. This was a small class of 11 or 12 students; and, it seemed that each and every one of them was funny. They were always talking about crazy and funny things.
One day I remember well, involved a conversation centering on the way God created the human body. One student said he wished that he had been born with 4 arms and 4 hands.
The other kids started suggesting all the different things they could do with 4 arms and 4 hands. One said, “Well, working at a carwash, I could wash and dry the top and the side of the car at the same time—and that would get me a raise.”
Another remarked that 4 arms and hands would allow him to sleep later, because he could get ready for school real quick. He said he could get dressed with one set of hands and shave and comb his hair with the other set. Another said if he got into a fight, he would grab the other guy’s arms with one set of hands and really pound him with the other two fist.
Maybe there is a good reason that God gave us just two arms and hands. Maybe too much body would overload our minds and we would get hurt.
I’ve thought how neat it would be to have an eye in the back of our head. We could see behind us at the same time we see in front of us. No one could sneak up on us. Maybe God created us with just two eyes looking forward for a reason. If, we had another eye in the back of our head we might not know if we are coming are going. Maybe He wanted us to look ahead and not at what is behind us.
Regardless, of what we think of the human body, we know that God created us exactly the way he wanted. He made us in his image and He put us in these physical-fleshly- bodies.
The inspired writers of the Bible quite often used our physical features to descr8ibe the nature of God. The speak of the hands of God, and the mighty hand of Lord. Jesus said on the croos of calvary, right before He died, “ Father into thy hands I commit My spirit.”
The Bible says God sees and the whole world is open before His eyes. It speaks of God’s ability to hear, and it says He hears the prayers of the Saints. Our physical bodies have a mouth and a tongue and it gives us the ability to speak. God also has the ability to communicate and to speak.
Now, do I mean that God has physical features like us? No! Jesus said that God was a spirit. But in some ways the writers used the attributes that God created us with to explain some of the attributes of God.
If we want to understand more about the nature of God and His creation we must go back to the beginning and learn the fundamentals of faith. The book of Genesis provides the fundamentals of faith, because it is the “ Book of Beginning”. If we truly want to know, “Who we are”, “ Where we came from”, “ Why we are here”, and “Where we are going” we must go back to the beginning- All the way back to the 1st book of the Bible called GENESIS.
In the book of Genesis God declared Himself to us by the world He created. When He created the world He brought order from chaos.
Genesis 1:27-28 27 “ And God created man in His own image, in the image og God He created him; male and female He created them”.
28 “ And God blessed them; and God said to them, “ Be fruitful and mulitiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over ervery living thing that moves on the earth”.
We learned two weeks ago that man was created with the freedom of choice and this brought tension, because mankind brought SIN into the world. We talked about the pain it caused God over our situation, and then we saw the GRACE of God. That GRACE would reveal a plan to bring order from chaos in our lives as He re-creates us into His image through His only begotten son- Jesus Christ. God was going to make us into a new creation, into His image, and bring us from chaos to redemption. Paul writes in Colossians 3:10