From India with Dr. Cyril Antony
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July 17, 2014, 6:36 AM

Powerful Insights into Genesis: Not a showcase of power but compassion

Genesis 1:2
And the earth was without form and empty and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was moving on the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Genesis 1:3
And God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.
Genesis 1:4-5
 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Some of the most beautiful insights are found in the first few verses of the Bible. We have studied how God created the earth with a purpose and named it ‘dry ground’. But the earth became a haven for Satan. This brought about disastrous consequences. It lost its form, became empty and let darkness take control. It was then that God spoke light into existence. But the question that begs for an answer is, “Why did God create light on the first day?”.

God’s purpose in creation was not to showcase His power: When the light of God began to shine the world was in complete ruins. In the world, it’s too easy to show power before someone who is weak. People with great values refrain from showing off before those who are weak. The Bible talks of God revealing His powerful hand before the mighty the proud, and those who think they are invincible. But God has always stood with those who are poor and needy, those who cry for help, those who are weak. It was precisely that state that the earth was in when God sent forth the light. David was admonished by God when he took advantage of a his warrior Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba who was helpless. And we see several instances like this when God stood with the weak and never let them be destroyed by the haughty. Therefore, if it was God’s purpose to showcase His power he would have separated the waters on the first day or created veggies. So there was probably a more important reason for God bringing for the light.

God showcased his stand with the earth: The time came for a work that would be worthy of praise and honor. A work of great grandeur and artistic elegance like the separation of the waters, the sun, moon , the vegetation and animals. But God simply brought about light. When we start to look into it we understand that the light did two important things. It removed the darkness that was prevalent over the earth and then it did an amazing thing. It gave earth the chance to see and behold all that God was about to do in this world. In reality, though the earth was in a fallen state, it was given an opportunity to embrace the light and then behold the beauty of everything that God was about to do. In John 15:13 Jesus Said, “There is no greater love than this that a man lays down his life for his friends.” The disciples never deserved it but they still received it. It was so in the beginning of the world and it continues on till this day.

He sets us right simply because He wants us to be a part of everything that He is about to do in this world. The Bible tell us the beautiful story of the man who was demon possessed in Luke 8:26-39. The story says that the man had lost everything in his life, his life shattered to pieces and he had become a dead man’s tale living in the tombs, unable to be transformed. Jesus walked into his life and cast out the legion of demons. When the man’s life was changed he had one desire which was to follow Jesus. But Jesus looked at him and said,“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” The man could have become an immediate apprentice under Jesus. But the light which had departed from his own house, the form that was lost due to the absence of the husband and a father and the darkness that had overshadowed the house had to be set right before all the great things of the future. And so Jesus sent him home. The light of transformation went into the house of the man. The Bible says that eventually the man did greatly publish about Jesus in ten different cities of Decapolis. All those whose lives are without a proper form, empty and filled with darkness can count on God’s supreme acts. God truly does not want them to be left out when He starts His work. So it’s time we look to God and say, “ Lord begin your work in me, so I could witness your work in the world.” Amen

 

Comments
Betty Ramsey on 09-26-2015 at 6:29 AM
I liked your comments about the demon possessed man who got to go back to his family as a healthy man in mind and body. What rejoicing there would of been in his family and in his town and everywhere he spoke .
Cecil holcomb on 07-19-2014 at 10:48 AM
wonderful and true
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