Light in the Garden … God’s First Promise

Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.
Psalm 104:1-2

God’s clothing is majestic and filled with splendor, like a garment of light. Imagine the sight of God walking in the Garden of Eden.

Imagine seeing God in all His majesty and splendor.

Like Isaiah, we might fall to the ground and proclaim “Woe is me!” (Isaiah 6: 5)

But Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the cool of the evening.

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In the beginning, God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. They enjoyed the intimate presence of God until one day, they chose to eat the fruit of one forbidden tree. After they ate the fruit, they heard God walking in the Garden and calling them. They hid from God’s presence. They were ashamed of their nakedness.

I’ve been ashamed … words I wish I could take back, thoughts I shouldn’t have entertained, actions I took that hurt others. I’ve wanted to withdraw and hide.

Yet, God did not want Adam and Eve to hide from Him. He caused them to confess what they did. Then He explained the consequences of their actions: cursed ground, hard labor, pain in childbirth, discord between themselves, dismissal from the Garden of Eden, eventual death, and separation from the presence of God.

But God was gracious. God covered their guilt with animal skins, the first sacrifice, but it only covered the sin.

Hope Given

There was hope that day. God told Satan that there would be hatred between Satan and the woman and her seed (a reference to the virgin birth, since the man fertilizes the egg with his seed) and Satan’s seed. The Messiah would bruise Satan’s head (Satan’s power), and Satan would bruise Jesus’ heel (the cross). Genesis 3:15

Prophecy Given

Centuries later, God revealed His promise of the Messiah again, but with more information.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel [God with us]. Isaiah 7:14

At a time when Ahaz, king of Judah, feared that Syria and the Northern Kingdom would attack, God sent Isaiah to Ahaz to give him a wonderful promise of hope – hope for the nation in the near future; in 12-13 years, the two kings of Syria and the Northern Kingdom would be conquered. The coming Messiah is the far future prophecy.

The promise of hope remains true today. In the midst of trials or danger, God is with us, and He is in control.

Promise Given

In the fullness of time, God gave the world “His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Almighty God shed His glory in heaven to enter the womb of a young virgin. God became flesh and lived among the Israelites. Jesus taught in the synagogues, in the homes of tax collectors, on mountainsides, on boats, and down the streets as people followed Him. He healed the sick, touched the lepers, gave sight to the blind, restored hearing to the deaf, raised the dead, calmed the sea, fed the 5,000, and much more.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4

Jesus became flesh to live the perfect life, to reflect the Father in Heaven, to show the Way, and to become the perfect Sacrifice. Jesus came to take your sins and my sins upon Himself and pay the price for those sins … death. Jesus was nailed to the cross as payment for our sins … death. The price for your sins is paid in full. Jesus paid it all.

Why? Jesus will clothe you in garments of salvation, so that you can live with Him forever … God with us.

Gift of Christmas

This is the gift of Christmas. This is the gift of God … God with us forever through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Will you receive this gift?

It’s free, and, yet, it costs you everything. Surrender your life to Jesus, and He will be with you, and you will be in Him, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27b

My prayer

Father, thank You for loving the world so much that You gave Your only begotten Son to live and die as the perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins, so that we could live with Him forever. We surrender our lives to You. What hope we have in You! Immanuel, thank You! Amen.

Please share what Christmas means to  you in the Comment Section.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas filled with joy.

How will you dance with God and food in 2013?

VegetablesO taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

I’ve been on a lot of diets. Diets for fibromyalgia, diets to lose weight, diets to gain weight and a lifelong diet—a gluten free diet. I’m a celiac.

Along the way, I’ve learned that the Bible has much to say about food and how the way we approach food affects our relationship with God.

In the beginning, God created the Garden of Eden, and He gave it to Adam.

The Bible begins with food … and a command. In the beginning, man’s food was from the trees in the garden of Eden, except for one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All other trees would bring life, but this tree would bring death.

Interesting that this command was given to Adam, but it was the woman who was enticed, deceived by Lucifer, to eat from the one tree that was forbidden because Satan promised her that she would be like God.

After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they hid from God. Then came death.

Throughout the Bible, there is a dance with food. Somehow what we put into our bodies is tied to our relationship with God.

Before God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He had them prepare the Passover Lamb. This feast is remembered every year at Passover.

Then, Moses led the Israelites into the wilderness, and the Egyptians followed them. God parted the Red Sea, and the Israelites crossed on dry land. The Egyptians followed them right into the middle of the Red Sea, and the Red Sea crashed down upon the Egyptians and drowned them, saving the Israelites!

We often experience a miracle, sometimes as big as the parting of the Red Sea and most times, smaller than that, but still pretty incredible, and then parched hunger and thirst come; then we complain as the Israelites did when they had no food in the desert. But God was always there for them, and He said,

Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction. Exodus 16:3

This manna, bread from heaven, would represent Jesus, our bread from heaven.

God established feasts as memorials to remember God’s work in His people’s lives. God established the dietary laws for the Israelites, to set them apart from the pagan society, and it so happened that it was a healthier diet than the rest of the world enjoyed.

In Biblical times, when people sat down to eat together, they did not have knives, forks, and spoons, they used their bread to dip into the communal plates and lift out food. They believed that they became one with each of those eating at the table. That’s why it was scandalous for Jesus to eat with the publicans and tax collectors.

There were times of fasting when people needed answers or a special work from God. I’m thinking of Esther calling a three-day fast before she went before the King or Daniel’s three-week fast from pleasant food for understanding prophecy.

Jesus spoke of fasting, but His disciples did not fast while He was with them, because He was the bridegroom.

Jesus fed the 5,000 and the 4,000. He made water into wine.

Much written in the Bible about food. God created food to be pleasing to the eye, to sustain life, and to fellowship with Him. God created food to be a blessing to man. Yet, Satan used food to break fellowship with God and to bring death.

Paul wrote:

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Cor 3:16-17

The Bible ends with food and a feast. In Biblical times, the marriage feast was seven days long. The Marriage feast of the Lamb will be seven years.

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Rev. 19:7-9

And the tree of life will be in the midst of heaven:

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:1-2

In light of the Biblical perspective on food, 2013 will be a year in which I savor the richness of the textures, the colors, and the tastes of food. This year, will be the year, I pay more attention than I already do to what I put into this temple of God. This year, I’ll reflect upon my relationship with food and how it is related to my relationship with God.

My prayer for you:

Creator of all that is good and delightful, thank You for creating a universe filled with an abundance of colors, textures, and tastes. Help us to remember that our bodies are Your holy temple. Empower us to be more mindful of what we put into this temple of Yours. Thank You for all the pleasures You have given us.

How will you dance with God and with food in 2013?