I am sure we are all in the same book, and on the same chapter and verse as far as our first meditation are concerned. We just finished walking our way through the whole book of the Bible called Genesis, and we are now starting with a new set of meditations dealing with various books of the Bible. We are in the first chapter of Genesis, and not only that, but the first verse also. But as some like to say, “Who’s counting!”
As we begin to once again think and meditate on this holy Book named The Bible, let us begin with this question; Does the Bible, the Holy Book of faith, really tell us about our God, who is known in some circles as Yahweh or the Creator? Some of us may have another question, such as; Isn’t this ancient history of the faith we hold on to and try to live with? Walter Brueggemann wrote a commentary of Genesis, along with other religious books which I would recommend to you if you can get it out of a library. So, to search out an answer to the question I asked, Brueggemann wrote on his book cover. “He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the church.” He went on to state that he interprets Genesis as the proclamation of God’s decisive dealing with creation rather than as church history or myth.
Brueggemann stated in his commentary of Genesis, the Church of our faith needs to hold fast around two calls from God:
God calls the worlds into being. . .
God calls us into the church . . .
What a powerful statement of faith we have from both of these descriptions. The whole world was called out of nothing to be formed into this planet earth which we call our temporary home. God then called us into the church, which for us has become our eternal home. This is truly the good news of our temporary and eternal dwelling place. Powerful is it not?
O Almighty God, the giver of life, how wonderful it is to be reminded that all things in life have a purpose and an eternal blessing. We are humbly grateful and eternally blest with Your greatest gift, Love. Which revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.