Our devotional readings today took us through Psalm 104 and also the first nineteen verses of Genesis. Such beautiful images in these passages...I commend them to your reading. Here is a portion of Psalm 104...
(Note: some of the photographs are from earlier times...not necessarily taken today, but appropriate for this powerful imagery.)
As I read through the whole Psalm 104, I am filled with awe & majesty of our God, our Creator.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how all of life, as we know it, began in a garden...
when God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it...then He created man out of the dust of the ground (see Genesis 2), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.
In verse 8 it says "The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed..."
Verse 15: "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it." Then He commanded the man, saying (16)"Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat.
(17) "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
And then God created Eve for the man Adam, and they both lived in the garden. We don't know how long it was before the serpent came along and deceived Eve and then Eve convinced Adam to eat of the forbidden fruit...but we all know the terrible consequences of that sin.
Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden (Genesis 3:23-24), "to till the ground from which he was taken", and they were barred from ever returning to Eden because of their great sin of disobedience.
From that day on mankind has had to live a life of toil and much sorrow, because of this great load of sin that was passed on to all of the human race.
His eyes were blind, the light he could not see;
He clutched his rags and shivered in the shadows,
Then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee.
When Jesus comes the tears are wiped away.
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.
Among the tombs he dwelt in misery;
He cut himself as demon pow’rs possessed him,
Then Jesus came and set the captive free.
The deaf, the dumb, in helplessness stood near;
The fever raged, disease had gripped its victim,
Then Jesus came and cast out every fear.
For death had come and taken him away;
Their night was dark and bitter tears were falling,
Then Jesus came and night was turned to day.
They could not conquer passion, lust and sin;
Their broken hearts had left them sad and lonely,
Then Jesus came and dwelt, Himself, within.