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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 2 · 1 year ago

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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Welcome and thank you for joining us today. This is read your Bible devotional and we are reading through the Bible any year. This ten to fifteen minute daily devotional with pastor Brad Grinald's will keep your heart in mind in God's word. Well, this is a hammock. I'm sure you can see it. I Love Hammocks. Hammocks are great place to rest. We're going to be talking today about rest. Have you ever stayed up late working on something one night and you just couldn't go to bed until the work was complete? You really couldn't rest. Even if you did go to bed, you wouldn't rest. You just something concerned you until it was complete, and once it was complete, then you're able to go to bed and your rest was sweet.

I've done that many of nights with my children, especially on Christmas Eve, staying up late trying to get a project done and the thought creeps into my mind, oh, I'm so sleepy, I could just go lay down for a few hours and get up early and completed. And if I were ever to do so, I would lay down and I would us not be able to rest. I had to get back up and completed. But once I completed it. Then I laid down in my rest. Was Sweet. Actually. We see that in scripture. Today are reading for the day again, wherein day two is we're reading through the Bible this year, but our reading for the day was genesis three through five, and in Genesis three, of course, we have that incredible story of Adam and Eve and what occurred there when they sinned against God. In fact, in Verse Twenty One, it...

...says the Lord God made coats of skin and clothed them. Now what's interesting about this is as you go back to genesis one and two, you see that on days one and day two and day three and day four and day five and day six, God made things, God created, God work. But on day seven, after God had completed his work, after everything was perfect, after it was pristine, he rested. There was no more work to do. Everything was perfect. The creation was perfect, the garden he created for Adam and Eve to enjoy was perfect, the world he created for Adam and eve and their progenate to enjoy with perfect. The universe he created for Adam and Eve to enjoy was perfect. Everything was perfect. So God rested and God had been at rest with his creation up until this day.

Scripture doesn't tell us how many days it was. We really don't know. We can assume that it was numerous days because we're told that Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the day. So this was something that they would have been used to. It would have been something normal. They would have done it numerous occasions. However many days, weeks, months, years that had passed, we find something interesting occurring in genesis three. Adam and Eve sin. In fact, in Genesis three it is recognized that men's realization of his nakedness is a realization of good and evil, understanding the knowledge of good and evil. He ate from the truth and as a realization he had seen. So you have both this realization of good and evil and you...

...have seen. Both of these were required, the knowledge of good and evil as well as the sin itself. Now what God had told Adam before he seined is in the day, if you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in that day, you will surely die. Then we see here that God had been rest but he made coats of skin and clothed Adam and eve. So Adam and Eve's sin, their nakedness, what they had done wrong as symbolize for their necktness, God would cover for yet the Hebrew word for a cover is literally means to atone, and so God would atone for their sin and place this covering to cover over the sin that they...

...had committed. God's love bound him to go back to work. He had been at rest, but his love for man bound him to go back to work. Home as by well, many would argue that God had a choice, and in one sense God did have a choice to create or not. But once he created, God doesn't have a choice but to be himself. He is bound to be himself. There are some things God cannot do. That might surprise you coming from a preacher, hearing a preacher say, Hey, there's some things God can't do. There are. Ye may not have ever heard that before, but I'm going to tell you right now some things God can't do. God can't fail, God can't lie, God can't deny himself, God can't see him God is perfect. By the way, these...

...are not weaknesses. The idea that God can't fail, that's a strength, that's a positive and God can't deny himself. He has to be who he is. He is constrained to be who he is. He is constrained to act as he is, and God is love. Therefore, God must love. It is who he is. He has no choice but to love, to do otherwise would deny himself. Thus he was constrained to act lovingly on man's behalf. Once God chose to create man, knowing everything that that would breathe, he had a choice to create man. But once he chose to create man, he was bound to be himself in his relationship with man,...

...and thus he was bound to love man unconditionally. God had to go back to work because his very nature constrained him to do so. And so on that day, when he said to Adam, on this day that you see in didn't you will surely die. On that day God did take a life, he didn't take Adam's life. Some say that when God said on that day you'll surely die, he was speaking of spiritual death. Or some say, well, he was speaking on Adam's potential to now die. I don't think that's what scripture means when it speaks of death. That separation of spirit from body is not in scripture. Scripture sees man as a whole spirit and soul together. And so when God says on that day you'll surely die,...

...he's not just speaking of spiritual death, he's not just speaking of now you have the potential to die, he is speaking of physical death as well. And yet Adam didn't die on that day. So did God lie? Of course not. God can't deny himself. No, Adam was bound to die, but God took an innocent animal and substituted the animal in Adam's place to cover Adam. See Him. It was this death of an innocent animal, this death where the animal had done no wrong. But on that day death was required. And so God went back to work and he sacrificed one of his other creations on behalf of man so that man could be with God. God said man would die, and certainly that substitute died in man's place.

God's amazing grace is seen is clearly in this verse as in any other verse in the whole of the cannon of scripture. Without a doubt, this work of God, he went back to work, was pointing to the work of Christ. Theologians have often categorized Jesus. When you look at the Jesus Christology, the Study of Christ. Save categorized it into the person, fully God fully man, and the work what he did, the work of Christ, specifically on the Cross. And what did Jesus say? One of the seven sayings. They're on the cross, as he died, to tell us die it is finished. What's finished? His Life? Of course not, he lives on. What was finished was his work. He had completed the work.

This verse points all the way back, or all the way forward, to the Cross and Jesus dying on the Cross and that work being complete. For you and I, days one through six, God worked. Day seven through wherever. God had been resting with his creation, but when creation sinned, it messed up or or an Adam sin it messed up creation and God had to go back to work to cover Adam's sin. That's why, when Jesus said it is finished, this verse points to, Number One, the death of Christ in our place, an innocent one, covering our sins, atoning for our sins, and number two, the work that God would do...

...so that Jesus could say it is finished and he could enter into that eternal rest again and you and I could have that eternal rest as well. You and I will now enter into that eternal bless and rest for all eternity because of what Jesus did here. Hallelujah, what a savior. Well, I hope you're enjoying our study. Tomorrow we'll be reading through genesis six through nine, genesis chapter six through nine. I won't encourage you as you read that, but let me close us in prayer. Father, we thank you so much again for that amazing work of Jesus Christ. Thank you pointing us to Jesus all the way back in Genesis chapter three, showing us that our sins would cost the innocent life of the son of God, and showing us also...

...that, through that work, that rest that you had created, which was interrupted by man's sin, would now return so that Jesus would say the work is complete, it is finish. Lord. We look forward to that eternal rest that will have, but until that day comes and we be about the business of telling others of you in Jesus name. Amen. Thank you for joining us. We'll see it tomorrow.

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