A human figure begins to form in the dust, first a small mound, and then the contours of a face and body appear. God’s invisible hands draw arms, and legs, the wet mist making the dust stick together, until a whole person lies there, still and lifeless. Suddenly, a great wind picks up – God’s breath – churning the dust into immense, whirling sails, electricity crackling in the air. The form’s nostrils fill; it lives!
The seventh day was the first thing to be made sacred by God in Scripture. Later, when Moses recorded God’s ten commandments, the fourth one about keeping the Sabbath is grounded in this passage, right here.
God wanted people to know that He is the source of light and life. Light and life were both present on earth before God moved the sun into position in earth’s sky. An interesting aside, when astronauts brought some rock samples back from the moon and dated them, guess what they learned? The moon is younger than the earth.
The secrets of the very beginning of all things that have ever been, have been here for millennia, for any ordinary person to read. These are the weighty mysteries from which unfold our own beginnings, the meaning of life.
Reading about the creation of the world was an incredible experince for me, as child. So full of lie, and joy, beauty and goodness.
Being called to dinner would break into my Bible world, and I would have to emerge into the dinginess of my real life.
“So I opened my mouth,and he gave me the scroll to eat.” Ezekiel 3:2 As soon as I saw my father I held up my Bible with sparkling eyes. “It’s mine,” I told him, still astonished. “That’s wonderful, JoJo,” he said, smiling. “I’m going to read it.” I surprised myself. I hadn’t really made aContinue reading ““So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.””
“The word of the Lord came to me” Ezekiel 21:1 In one particular church, The Huguenot Memorial Church of Pelham, New York, I somehow – quite by accident, and unbeknownst to me – managed to attend the Sunday school class consistently for a full year. I discovered this on a confusing morning when all theContinue reading ““The word of the Lord came to me””
I delight in your commands because I love them.I reach out for your commands, which I love,that I may meditate on your decrees. Psalm 119:45-48 A singer’s bread and butter are the church jobs. My dad sang at temple on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, and he sang at church on Sunday mornings. We wereContinue reading “Loving God, Loving God’s words”
Tel Megiddo, Israel today