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  • Gwen Diaz

The Story of Redemption Begins

Nº 1 - January 1 Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3

The very first verse in the very first book of the Bible tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. I’m sure you’ve heard the story many times. But have you noticed the second verse? It throws us a curveball. It says that the earth was formless; it was empty; it was dark! The Hebrew words (tohu wabohu) indicate that God encountered a seething, chaotic, disorderly mess. But if God was the One doing the creating, why wasn’t it perfect from the very beginning? Why did it start in such chaos? It is likely that there was an original, perfect creation of some kind. But when Lucifer (Satan) rebelled against God, he was tossed out of heaven and probably took up residence on the earth (see Isaiah 14:12-16 and Ezekiel 28:13-17). What had been a perfect creation would have been damaged by his sinful presence. That may be why, when God showed up this time (Genesis 1:2), the earth was in a state of turmoil. Regardless, God chose to redeem (or rescue) it, and He did so in an organized way. On the first three days, He separated the seething mass into three different areas. Then in the same order that He created the areas, He filled them:

Each day, God first explained what He planned to make, then He made it. At the end of the day He examined His handiwork, and every time He announced that “it was good.” After the animals had been created, God the Father spoke to the other members of the Trinity (the Son and the Holy Spirit) and excitedly discussed the idea of adding human beings—a male and a female. They would be the highlight of the creation and would have three major roles:

  1. To reflect God’s image to the rest of creation

  2. To reproduce godly children

  3. Ultimately to rule in the spiritual warfare. Satan would no doubt try to take back “his” old territory. But it would be the responsibility of these human beings to take care of God’s newly redeemed planet.

After examining the man and woman along with everything else He had made, this time God declared that His creation was “very good.” Then on Day 7, He rested.

Are there places in your life that feel empty or chaotic or dark?

Have you asked God to redeem and organize them?

He wants to fill the void places with meaning; He wants to calm the chaos and bring peace; He wants to shine the light of His presence that will chase away the gloom. If you give Him the opportunity, He will make your life brand new.

Job 12:7-10; Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Jan 1 - The Story of Redemption Begins
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