Dear Lord, these two verses are two in the creation story that I often skim over. The previous verses are full of wonder and excitement as I imagine you speaking it into place. I can see the seas and dry land appear and imagine what it must have been to see stars and moon in a dark night sky and sunshine that I love in the day! These verses are two I should not skim over because they too tell who you are.
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing;” again I see as I did in the previous verses that you Lord complete what you create. You do not stop until you are finished. I am so grateful Lord. This gives me so much hope for me and all I love. I know that your word here tells me that you finish what you start. You don’t give up half way through. Though at times I have no clue what you are doing or why, and sometimes it feels like you have given up because I sometimes feel like giving up, I do believe your word speaks loud and clear that you finish what you start.
Thank you for being a God who will not give up until you are finished. That is true in creation and I believe it is true in everything you create including me and all I love. I love you Lord! Thank you that you first loved me!
Lord I love verse 1! “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” Vast array! Vast array! Your work of creation of the heavens and the earth was completed! Lord the two words together are magnificent!
· Vast from Webster’s on line: Very great size, amount, degree, intensity, or especially in extent or range.
· Array from Webster’s on line: A regular and imposing grouping or arrangement. An imposing group: large number. A group of elements forming a complete unit.
When you were done Lord your creation has huge! When you were done it was intense! When you were done it was an imposing arrangement! When you were done it was a complete unit. It all fit together and nothing was missing.
This Lord is what you saw and said it was very good. Lord as I think of these two words describing your creation…vast and array…I think of what that says about you. The vastness of who you are. The completeness with nothing missing and everything fitting together in ways I can’t even comprehend. In my speck of a being in all of your creation the smallness of who I am is so apparent. In my brokenness and incompleteness so apparent in who I am it is hard to wrap my mind around what it would be to be vast and complete. I know through the blood of Christ, His death for me made me complete in your eyes. In His death for me my life can have vast qualities beyond who I am and through the power of the dear Holy Spirit I am able to do beyond my capabilities. This is not about who I am or who I am not. This Lord God is all about you. My God who is 100% complete is something I can’t even imagine fully.
Lord thank you! Thank you for being my vast God…my complete God! I so love you!
Thank you for sharing your blog and your discussion of the fifth day with me. Thank you too for realizing that man’s stupidity in dealing with the environment was not all due to the opening passages of Genesis. Thank you too for allowing me the opportunity to do a closer bit of study on this passage. Since you read my blog you know that my purpose in doing this study was to go through the scriptures to focus on what it says about who God is. In that respect what I feel is missing in the discussion is the heart of God. Has man really screwed up, taken advantage of and been bad stewards of all God provided when He spoke the world in place (yes, I do believe that is exactly how it happened 🙂 ?) Absolutely!!! The original Hebrew word for rule in this passage is radah. It is used 22 times in scripture and often is in regard to relationships between masters and slaves, managers and employees, kings and subjects and shepherds and flocks. One of the ones I felt best showed God’s heart was in Ezekiel 34:4. “You have ruled (radah) them harshly and brutally.” The whole of Ezekiel 34 is about those in authority and God’s judgment on them due to the way they treated those subject to them. Starting in verse 2 He says, “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flocks? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled (radah) them harshly and brutally.” This tells me God expects those who have radah to be responsible to what they rule over including the earth and all that is there, people, animals, environment.
I was so sad to see the posts that knew of Christians who said they weren’t concerned with the earth because Jesus was coming back. I do not know one Christian who believes that. Yes, I believe Jesus is coming back and I believe one of the things He will hold mankind accountable for is how responsibly we have radah in each of our realms of authority. I so desire that all my future generations will have this beautiful planet He created to live and thrive on. Thank you again! Your comment and blog have made me think of places I fall short and need to improve upon in order to have that be. I really enjoyed your joining us and look forward to studying God’s Word with you again!