2000-04-15 - With His Hands
Originally Published 1997-09-24
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (KJV)
I think that out of all the verses of the Bible, this is my favorite. During the rest of the creation story, we read that God spoke everything into being. "And God said, 'Let there be'.
It is only when He came to the making of man that He quit speaking and used His hands. I can almost picture it in my mind...God stepping down from His throne and kneeling in the earth, scooping up the mud and forming the man He loved. Then in almost a kiss, He breathed His breath into the mouth of Adam.
He loved Adam so much that rather than just speak him into being, He took the time and the energy to form him. He expended His breath to make him a living soul.
Thousands of years later, God once again stepped down from His throne and used His hands to prove His love.
He allowed Himself to be hung on a cross. Rather than have us to forever be separated from Him, He took the time and the energy to be our sacrifice. He expended His blood to purchase us. And once again, we became a living soul.
In the creation story, we can see so clearly His love for us. In the story of the Crucifixion we can see the price He paid for that love. What a gift He has given us.
What are you doing with YOUR gifts?
The Old Rugged Cross
On a hill far away
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Oh, my dear Lord, so often I forget that I am not my own. I forget that You made me, and You bought me back when I accepted the death of Jesus as the payment for my sins that I committed against You. Oh, Lord, so often I forget. But, I thank You that You remember that You love me. I thank You that You have never forgotten me. Help me to remember You in all I do. Amen