Sunday, May 08, 2005

Genesis 1:8

Genesis 1:8: And God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

God has clearly established cycles and order in His universe very early in His communication to man. God is not averse to repetition whether it is in terms of days He created, prayers we offer, or service we undertake. Throughout history, His instructions have been “do so and so X times…” Often He allows and desires His children to serve Him and others in the same job or task day after day, month after month, and year after year. Scripture itself is often repetitive. The melodious sound of repeated words uttered in piety, humility and sincere adoration and thanksgiving are not cacophony in God’s ears. I know of some dear elderly saints who still have trouble with the choruses of repeated phrases that many of us sing in our worship services these days. Yet as I read even the very beginning of Holy Scripture, I see the foundation for which I believe that such singing is in fact an offering of worship to the Creator.

In verse 8, while the Bible talks of “evening” and “morning” as being a second day, there is no mention yet of how this ‘evening’ and ‘morning’ were recognizable for it is not until verse 13 and following that He installed “lights” in the heavenly expanse. Yet God saw His work as completed in ‘day’ units. While mankind had not been created as of yet, even if it had, without lights, it likely could not see what God saw for He sees what we often cannot. What a thought to keep in mind when we are dealing with life’s perplexing difficulties.

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