To be up-front: today’s study is going to be a bit shorter than the last two; in posting every day, my goal is to make shorter studies than the last one, but we had a lot of ground to cover when talking about creation…
We’ve touched on the effect of sin on our creativity, but we can learn a great deal more by looking at God’s action in response to the Fall.
Digging right in, please read Genesis 3, the whole thing. We knew it was coming, because we aren’t living in Eden now, are we? The world around us is broken, crying out for restoration and healing. Easter was a week and a half ago, and being Easter people – Christians – we know the great lengths God went to for our restoration. But there’s still the fact that we’re living in a now-and-not-yet reality, where we’ve been forgiven, cleansed, and restored…but still struggle with sin, still find that we can’t do everything we’d like to, still struggle against the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature.
What message of the Gospel, the good news of salvation, can you find here? Let’s read Genesis 3:15 again, together:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
It’s really a portion of poetry, which when set inside the prose of the previous portions, makes us sit up and take notice. It’s different…dare I say, something new? And, of course, it’s also God speaking…so that should also draw our attention.
To whom is this portion of Scripture addressed? You may need to glance up in your Bibles, or scroll up on the online source.
God is talking to the Serpent. So really, it isn’t being delivered as good news for him. Perhaps Satan felt the icy fingers of dread close around him at this time. Perhaps he was too arrogant in his pride to recognize that in this, his fate is sealed. Either way, what is delivered as a foretelling of what would happen to him, translates to Gospel for us.
Isn’t that just like God? To take something ugly and nasty and awful and turn it into something beautiful?
And when we consider the details, the intricately-woven plan, of our salvation, we can’t help but be in awe. Like when considering the creation of all things, it’s amazing. From the prophecies throughout the Old Testament concerning His birth, His life, His suffering, His death, and even His resurrection. And then we look to the ways that all of these things come together for us, to bring us back into a close relationship with God Himself… who could have imagined these things, but God Himself, the Creative Creator and Re-Creator?
Let’s look at Isaiah 43:18-19. In this passage, God is addressing Israel, who is again being disobedient. But He is talking about bringing hope to hopeless places. This happens repeatedly throughout the Old Testament, as the people’s disobedience carries them to hopeless places, and God goes in and rescues them.
He takes the ugly and nasty and awful and turns it into something beautiful. It happened in Eden in the shape of a prophecy. It happened at Calvary in the shape of a cross. It happens today in more ways than we can count, as He is still active in our lives, working and renewing and re-creating.
In the comments below, please share either your favorite “re-creating” moment, or share your favorite project that starts with something old and turns it into something new (colloquially known as “upcycling”).