Not What I Expected

Posted: September 2, 2010 in QT's
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Ever take a look around yourself and wonder what happened? Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way we expect them to. Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes that’s bad. When I was 15 and I first picked up a guitar I had visions of shredding through brain piercing melodic solos at lightening speed to the adulation of thousands of screaming fans.Instead, I look around as I’m playing and I see people lifting up their hands and voices in adulation and praise to God. That’s not what I expected when I was 15; it’s way better. It’s also not something that happened all of a sudden. Something happened along the way that changed the course of my life, something good, I met Jesus. I can also remember a couple of other times when things turned out differently than I expected. They both involved teenagers, dumb youth games, and trips to the hospital; not good. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. The point is, sometimes things happen that cause you to end up in a very different place from where you started. That’s what happened to the human race in the book of Genesis.

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading through Genesis with my family and now that we’ve finished it there’s one thought that kind of sticks in my mind. We didn’t finish like we started. Think about it. Genesis means beginnings and in the beginning God created. He created the universe, the earth, the solar system, plants, animals… everything. The Bible also says that He created people in His own image. God made the first two people of the human race and gave them a special place over everything else and made a beautiful garden for them to live in. It even says that He walked with them. God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, pretty cool huh? But something happened between the first couple of chapters of Genesis and chapter 50. The book ends with a guy named Joseph being put in a coffin and buried in a cave. Wow, what happened? How did we get from creation to a coffin?

I’ll tell you what happened. Sin. God gave Adam and Eve everything. All of the earth was theirs to enjoy except one tree. God told them that if they ate from that one tree they would die. Of course we know the story, they ate fruit from that tree, and that’s why Genesis ends with a coffin.

The book of Genesis sets the stage for the rest of the Bible. It teaches us how man continually turned from God and God continually pursued man through His grace and love. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit. God covered their sin with a sacrifice. God judged the wickedness of man with a worldwide flood but in His grace he saved eight people through the ark. Men repopulated the earth but still didn’t want anything to do with God so he chose one man and called him out of paganism and chose to bless Him and His descendants. That man was Abraham and he was a man with many flaws but he also had great faith. Through Abraham and his descendants (Israel, later known as Jews) the Bible says that the whole world would be blessed. Genesis ends with a coffin but not without hope. There is hope in that even though we all face death God has made a way for us to have life. God has fulfilled His promise through the person of Jesus the Christ. God Himself becoming a man, a descendant of Abraham, and offering himself as  a sacrifice not simply to cover, but to take away our sin. Because of sin we shall surely die but through Christ we shall surely live.

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