Three good things about God
February 1 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Three good things about God | Friday, Feb. 1, 2002

Friday, Feb. 1, 2002

Three good things about God

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I've enjoyed teaching the mid-winter Bible study on Gen. 1-12 this year. Even more, I've enjoyed studying these chapters that get our Bible off and rolling.

The stories of creation and early life are fascinating, the ancient answers to universal questions are enlightening, and even "the begets" of Gen. 5 contain inspirational nuggets within the surrounding ore of names and numbers.

Baptists and other Christians have invested far too much time, I think, in debating the interpretation of certain aspects of these chapters, when the primary lessons are so clear.

I personally don't care if the "seven days of creation" are intended as 24-hour days, or if they represent indefinite periods of time, or if they are a metaphorical literary structure not intended to convey time at all.

My hands are full just trying to live out God's clearly revealed truth on this day: exactly what happened on the first day - like the precise time and nature of the last day - is God's business, not mine.

The most basic lessons I find in the creation stories of Gen. 1 and 2 are clear and powerful and lasting. They teach us at least three important truths about God:

1) God is. The author does not attempt to explain God through ontological arguments. He assumes that God exists. "In the beginning, God ..."

2) God is at work. The majestic, poetic account of Gen. 1:1-2:4a and the intimate, earthy account of Gen. 2:4b-25 both declare that God has been at work in our world from the beginning, creating and relating to humankind.

3) God is at work for good. Gen. 1 tells us that God paused periodically to look over what He had made, and always "it was good," or "it was very good." In Gen. 2, it was Adam who praised the goodness of God's creation - with special reference to Eve.

I believe God is still at work in our world, and that He is at work for good. Whether we face temptation (ch. 3), family strife (ch. 4), long days (ch. 5), or trial by flood (ch. 6-8), God is with us, at work in us, offering good to those who will receive it.

If God's revelation in scripture stopped here, these assurances alone would be a remarkable gift for any day of the week.

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