Food for Friday

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

When we gather in our little companies to obey our Saviour’s words, ‘This do in remembrance of Me’, we consider how our gatherings are made up of insignificant sinners who were brought to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus. There was a time when there were no such gatherings, a time when there were no people to gather, a time when there was no earth to gather upon. Our text speaks of a God Who spoke, and the worlds came into being. The God of Eternity fashioned a little bubble of time, and stepped into that bubble to build a creation that eventually included us. The omnipotent God who created all is the same omniscient God who knew/knows all. Even as the six days of creation brought about all that we see and know, The God of creation knew what would happen to that creation. He knew of Adam’s fall, of humanity’s depravity, and of Satan’s opposition. And yet, He created.

Dr. Scofield tells us that the word ‘God’ in the opening verse of our Bible is the term ‘Elohim’. This term speaks not only of the power of the Almighty but also of the harmony of the Trinity. All three Persons of the Godhead were united in desiring creation to occur and in achieving the desired result. The Father concurred, knowing He would need to send His Son to be the Saviour of the world. The Son concurred, knowing that only His sacrifice at Golgotha would bring glory from the depths of earth’s tragedy. The Spirit concurred, knowing that only His striving would bring fallen man to repentance and faith.

In the two words ‘God created’, we see all the divine power and knowledge manifested. We see also that Elohim is also Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. The God who made us also made a way for our redemption, and always had that plan in mind, even as He brought forth everything from nothing. What a God we worship! -Jim MacIntosh

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