Genesis 1:9-13; Genesis 2:5-9, 15-17 Genesis 1:1, 29-30; & I Timothy 6:17-21
Steve reviewed three passages from Genesis 1-2 today, with much of his sermon focused on 1:9-13, the third day and the creation of land, sea, and vegetation. He talked about how God is making the land inhabitable, while Moses is describing all the bodies of water. “It’s neat to think Jesus will be walking on this sea (of Galilee) later,” Steve said. “The first five books of the Bible are meant to be a narrative, written by one man, Moses.”
He said the narrative proceeds from creation through God creating Israel and delivering them out of Egypt, and later into the Promised Land. Ironically, the same water meant for the good of mankind becomes destructive to everyone but Noah and his family in the Great Flood, and later Egypt when they tried to pursue Israel across the Red Sea.
Something else happened on the third day, Steve said: God placed vegetation on the earth and trees bearing fruit. Interestingly, he pointed out how animals eat different kinds of plants than humans. All of this creates a picture of how God is designing the earth, giving it life, and making it enjoyable. He designed mankind to not have to sweat and toil to produce food, or for women to experience pain in childbirth—a vivid illustration of the tragedy of sin entering the world.
Steve brought out another point after reading 1 Timothy 6:17-21, where Paul tells the rich not to be haughty or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches. In other words, to not put their hopes in money. The ground on which Paul makes this statement comes from the truth of Genesis, that God richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
“You’re supposed to be trusting God, not money,” Steve said. “I don’t imagine there is a people more suited to hear this message than us in the U.S. You can understand this when you go to another country. (Coming back) you can smell America. There are machines with snacks and the smell of Cinnabons . . . we don’t think we’re rich, but we’re in the top 1 percent of the world. It’s no big deal to have two cars in a family. We eat whatever we want.”
There is always the danger of taking this for granted, which we can see through the history of Israel drifting toward idolatry and worshipping other gods. If you have enough to eat and a place to live, you’re rich, Steve said. We aren’t to trust in our bank accounts or 401Ks, but God. He gives us things to enjoy and we should—as long as the enjoyment is in the God who provided it.