Saturday, January 7, 2012

Genesis 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • This chapter starts out with God taking a rest. Do you think God was tired? Impossible, right? So, why did God rest when he didn’t need to? He was showing us the importance of resting.
  • Then we read a more detailed account of God making humankind. God formed us with his own hands and breathed his breath into us. We’re created in God’s image whether we like it or not. That gives each of us extreme value and potential.
  • Then we read about a perfect garden God created for people to live in but there’s a catch: There’s one tree they’re told they can’t eat from. But God gave Adam and Eve the freedom to choose to disobey him. A lot of people are confused by this. The reason God did this was he didn’t want mindless robots. God loves us so much he gives us the freedom to love him in return.
  • Finally, we read about the first marriage. God created a man and then said it wasn’t good for him to be alone so he made a woman as well.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In this chapter, we also read about how God gave us the freedom to choose him or not. God took the greatest risk of love when he gave us free will. God wants more than anything for us to have a relationship with him but he loves us too much to make us love him. At the beginning of this chapter, God shows us we are made to take times of rest. Honestly, a lot of us in the “western world” think if we aren’t running around like a chicken with our head cut off then we’re not doing enough. Strange though, if you look at other nations that have been established for a lot longer than us you’d see they have built in times of rest in their cultures. Look at the English; they take their tea breaks religiously. Many people in Japan take 20-minute naps in the middle of their days. Maybe that’s why so many Americans are suffering from being on the verge of a mental breakdown. Some have been at this breaking point for years thinking it’s what it should be.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • We should take a clue from this chapter; God purposefully showed us we need to rest. So, what are you busying yourself with right now that you could rest from? Or maybe your priorities are out of whack. What should you be focusing on that’s more important? Your family? Or your relationship with God? Take some time today and ask God to help you get your priorities in order.