Daily Devotions: June 5, 2017

Genesis 1:1-19

“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good;”

The creation stories of Genesis contain deep and profound truths that have been foundational for people of faith for many hundreds of years. Unfortunately for many, those truths have been obscured by the countless arguments that have sprung up in recent years regarding the historicity of these beautiful chapters. Some understand them as absolute scientific truth and expend enormous energy in manipulating the verses to prove that creation took place 6,000 years ago. Others, coming from another scientific perspective, find such assertions laughable and generally react by discounting the stories altogether. Both such groups miss the point being expressed by those who first told the stories, namely, that all things have their origin in a creator God who is revealed through wind and word. As Genesis puts it, “A wind from God swept over the face of the waters…and God said, ‘Let there be light.’” Many centuries later, followers of Jesus saw in these words a reference to the Holy Spirit and to the Incarnate Word and concluded that God is by nature Triune, or three in one. More specifically, we have come to believe that Jesus is the Light of the world and that through him all things have been made good.

Thought for the Day: What happens when the bible is taken literally?

 

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