Archive for April, 2009

Gods Creation

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

As I left the house this morning I was constantly reminded of how wondrous God is. He is not just in the big things but in the small details.

There is a low mist over the fields outside my house but a bright refreshing sun is ripping through this veil. Pheasants and ducks are sitting on the green crying their joy at this beautiful morning, and in the distance I can hear woodpeckers beginning their morning labours.

Late daffodils are still pushing through the sod and bring to mind poetry of Wordsworth. How great is our God in the details?

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
 
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
 
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
 
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
-- William Wordsworth

 

Open the eyes of my Heart, Lord….

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:6-8

God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day (Genesis 1:8)

Never read these passages in Genesis without asking yourselves what they intend to teach us on a moral or spiritual level. What reality is reflected in the atmosphere’s ability to suspend water above the earth? The key is found in what God called this expanse in some Bible translations: Heaven. There were heavenly waters, and there were earthly waters. Water is frequently used in the Scriptures to depict life. In the book of Revelation, John was told that the great harlot that he saw sitting upon the waters was a picture of the false church and that the waters were peoples and nations and multitudes gathered together (Revelation 17:15). Thus, the waters here in Genesis can be taken as being a picture of human life.
(more…)

Where his light shines darkness is defeated

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:2-5

God called the light “day, ” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day (Genesis 1:5).

Each day is characterized by an evening and a morning. Note the order of that. The evening comes first. We, have divided the day so that it is a sandwich that begins with a period of darkness, then a period of light in between, and finally another period of darkness. We begin our day at midnight. In the Eastern world the day begins at sunset, so that each day starts with an evening and ends with a period of light. This is scripturally in line with the way God works. No matter whether it is humanity’s day upon earth, an age of time, or a twenty-four hour period, each begins with a period of darkness and then a period of light. As the apostle Paul say, “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:46).
(more…)

In the beginning…..

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

As we grew and became aware of the world, we started to ask some questions about it. Those questions are the ones answered for us straight away here in the opening words of Genesis.

What are the questions?

Firstly, we ask ourselves, “What is all this?”

Driven by an insatiable curiosity, humans have been attempting to answer that question ever since they first appeared on earth. They seek to explore the universe and the world in which they live.

Secondly, we ask, “How did it all begin?” This question is the emphasis of science. Then we ask, “When did it all start? How long has the world been going on like this?” Finally, we come to the great philosophical question, “Who is behind it? Who is the creator of these strange and remarkable processes?” These questions are answered in this verse; therefore it serves as the opening score to the great themes of the Bible.
(more…)

Introduction to Genesis

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

We will be undertaking a series of sermons on the first three chapters of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. The place to begin reading a book is at the beginning, however many people have the habit of reading the last chapter of a book first. But if you try that with the Bible, you will become very confused. There are, however, many who find it difficult to begin with Genesis. They are thrown off by the language, which they find to be a bit stiff and somewhat antiquated, especially if they are reading one of the older Bible translations.Some come to Genesis rather prejudiced by the widespread rejection of this book as unscientific or primitive in its concepts. So they read the book, especially the first chapters, with a sense of distaste. They read it simply to be informed about a book that is widely known. But they are already prejudiced against it, and consequently they never really see what is here.
(more…)

Welcome

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Welcome to my ramblings. In these pages I will display my observations as I reread the Bible. These are personal viewpoints so please readers tolerate them and laugh in private at my ignorance.