Family Bible Study lesson for August 11: Human Beings - Why Get Personal?
July 26 2002 by Crate Jones , Genesis 2:7-9, 15-25

Family Bible Study lesson for August 11: Human Beings - Why Get Personal? | Friday, July 26, 2002

Friday, July 26, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for August 11: Human Beings - Why Get Personal?

By Crate Jones Genesis 2:7-9, 15-25

A teacher was explaining to her class how life began: "Aeons and aeons ago, the pre-historic water beat upon the pre-historic shore. A microscopic one-celled animal, called an amoeba, was formed. From that one cell, mankind evolved."

A little boy asked, "Teacher, where did all that water come from?" (Out of the mouth of babes ...)

How did we get here? The amoeba tale can't hold a candle against the light of God's word: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7). "Human beings are the result of the personal work of God" (L. Theme).

Martel Reccious, a brilliant teenager in our youth group, could quote more scripture and find a passage more quickly than the rest of us. But something changed him; he lost his bearings. He said, "I believe in God, but I do not believe in a personal God." We grieved when he lost his life in World War II.

We have "dusty" bodies, but God's breath gave us life. Being set apart from and above the animal kingdom makes us His crowning act of creation.

Mankind is more than a new and improved model of some animal. Ruth Graham said, "If we descended from the monkey, we owe the monkey an apology."

Who are we? "And God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness"' (Gen. 1:26). We are God's handcrafted offspring. God's image is stamped within us.

A very successful man may be called a "self-made" man, but that's unlikely. Dennis the Menace put it in perspective. He was introduced to a visitor in the home. He said, "My daddy says you are a self-made man: why did you make yourself that way?" At least God couldn't be blamed.

"An image is a likeness of the real thing. A finished photograph 'does not express the totality of the original, ... but it may convey the original essence with great force'" (In His Image by Dr. Paul Brand).

The likeness of George Washington is engraved on a dollar bill, but it's not the father of our country. A new born baby may be the "spitting image" of his father, but is not the same person.

Cousin Doris and I hadn't seen one another since we were children. As adults, we met. She said, "I knew who you were; you look like Uncle Crate," my father.

Creation continued "God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make a help mate (woman) for him.' And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and He took one of his ribs ... and from the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man, made He a woman" (Gen. 2:18,21-22).

Adam said, "This is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" (Gen. 2:23). Hear a fable: "Eve said, 'Adam, do you love me?' He answered, 'Who else?"' To be sure, she counted his ribs. You might say, she ribbed him.

God has plans for human beings Example: His plan for man and wife is clear: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife" (Gen. 2:24).

My wife's middle name is Cleaves. Included on our wedding invitation are these words: "Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Congleton request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Harriett Cleaves to the Reverend Crate Jones." We have been cleaving to each other for 54 years.

He has a plan for each of us, regardless of age. It will always bring glory to Him and be a witness to Jesus. "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age" (Ps. 92:14). Praises be!

Martha Snell Nicholeson was bed-ridden for 25 years. She wrote The Other Side. "This isn't death - it's glory. It's not dark - it's light. It isn't stumbling, groping or even faith - it's sight. This isn't grief - it's having my last tear wiped away. It's sunrise - it's the morning of my eternal day." She speaks of meeting, "The One who sought me - saved me and kept me by His grace!"

God will use the useable to honor His Son, Jesus.

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