Pastor John’s Bible Stories For Grown-ups
07/23/16 – 530 – The Story of the Fall
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! NIV
What was that question again?
“4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?” (verse 4).
Have you got the answer yet? Probably not, neither do I. Or, at least I wouldn’t presume to know. I can make guesses, of course. I think that God made us not because He needed, but because He wanted a relationship that was different than what He already had with existing beings, which as far as we know were the 3 parts of Himself and the angels.
On the other hand, do we really need to know? Can’t we just be grateful, and trust that His purposes were righteous?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
We (human beings) have used the lack of an obvious given reason as justification for disobedience & unbelief for centuries. But is it a valid argument? Do we really think God has to justify Himself to us? I mean, what happens if we don’t like His reason for creating us? I think a lot of people feel that gives them a freedom to walk away from Him. What they don’t realize (or accept) is that they already have this freedom – it’s called free will. What they cannot choose is to walk away without consequences.
I’m not even talking about punishment per se. I’m talking about consequences as the natural result of an action or inaction. If I step off the roof, I will fall. That’s the consequence, whether or not I believe in gravity. It’s not your punishment for stepping off. If you choose to reject God while in this life on earth, and die with your relationship in that state, it’s forever. That’s the consequence – and we have been given every possible warning I can think of that this will happen.
Still, the very people that reject Him cry out ‘Unfair!” They use that very consequence as a rationalization. “If that’s your ‘loving’ God that would send people to hell for eternity”, they say, “I just can’t accept Him.” As though that would suddenly pop Him out of existence. But that’s another argument discussion for another day.
I’d like us to end this study of our creation and fall into sin with some serious prayer. Don’t just say a quick prayer before running off to work this morning. Get down on your knees, and meet the God who created and loves you even today. Even in spite of our questioning that sometimes borders on arrogance. It’s time for a prayer of true repentance, and acceptance of the life he has given us, and the relationship and the covenant He has offered to us. Pray until you can almost see His hand extended out to you. Take it, then just let Him lead and love you from that moment on.