Weekly Devotional – April 10, 2021

The First Day of Creation

Genesis 1:1-5

“In the Beginning,” is a statement that the world cannot fathom. The people of the world are still seeking the answer to how the world came to be. Christians on the other hand already know the answer.

“Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.”  

Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

As Douglas Adams pointed out, this was a last-ditch effort to discount the existence of God. They contend that one stray atom grew into the world as we know it. They contend that all creation and how it works came from this atom and evolution. Well, this theory is ridiculous, to say the least. There may have been one atom involved but the creation from one atom could only have occurred if God was present and involved in the action. As for evolution, the theory is that smaller animals and plants evolved into larger ones. That these plants and animals changed to accommodate their surroundings. For these plants and animals to have changed, they had to have been created. Instead of the theory of evolution disproving God, it is the ultimate proof that God exists.

Compared to God’s Word, the Bible, man’s writings are foolishness. The world, of itself, could never imagine the works of God. To know that God exists and have proof, you must first believe and then build a relationship with God through an intense study of the bible.

We have a saying that when you finally understand how to do something or finally understand something, “a light bulb comes on.”

How ironic is it that the first thing God did after He formed the earth was to create light? When we finally believe and start to study the bible, God is quick to help us understand the bible and the “light bulb of our heart will come on.” God opens the bible for man to understand, when and if mankind is ready to know Him.

God used the light of the universe to produce the light of daytime and the absence of light to produce night. 1 John 1:5 tells us that God is Light. Our salvation is proof of this statement. All our lives we wonder in the darkness of sin and listen to all manner of heresy and foolishness from anyone who speaks. When we finally believe, a dim light appears and as we increase our relationship with God, the light gets brighter.

God is the light that lights our hearts and makes us Righteous and Holy. Without God we just wonder in a meaningless darkness and have no real purpose in life. We can be famous in the eyes of man, but we can be righteous only in the eyes of God.

The fame the world recognizes will fade away, but the righteousness God produces in our hearts is eternal and can only be produced by the God that is eternal.

And the evening and morning of the first day of creation was done just as the evening of the world’s knowledge and the morning of God’s Love are complete when we believe in Christ Jesus. AMEN!!

Weekly Word Definition – Bondage

The Definition for the week is Bondage: the state of being a slave

the tenure or service of a villain, serf, or slave

:  a state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): such as

  • a:  captivity, serfdom
  • b:  servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force young people in bondage to drugs

            Merriam-Webster

Used in two senses in Scripture, a literal and a metaphorical sense.

  1. In the former sense, it refers
    1. to the condition of the Hebrews (ăbhōdhāh) in Egypt (Exodus 1:14; 2:23) which is frequently called “the house of bondage,” Exodus 13:3, 14; 20:2; Deut. 5:6. It also refers to the condition of the Hebrews in Babylonia (Isaiah 14:3) and in Persia (Ezra 9:8), where a slightly different form of the same root (abhedhūth) is used in the original. In both these cases the bondage was not so much personal as national. As a rule, individuals were not subject to individuals, but the whole Hebrew people were subject to the Egyptian, Babylonian and the Persian states. They were forced to labor on public works, and otherwise, and were denied their own freedom when the exigencies of state seemed to demand it. The former word ʿăbhōdāh is also used in Neh. 5:18 as descriptive of the subject and depressed conditions of the Hebrews in Palestine during the earlier years after their return from captivity, when they were still living under Persian suzerainty.
    2. The word bondage ʿăbhādhīm is also used to describe the slavery into which the poor Jews were being forced by their more prosperous brethren in the earlier years under the Persians in Palestine (Neh. 5:5). Here true personal, though temporary, slavery is meant.
    3. Marriage is once referred to as a bondage (1 Cor. 7:15). It wasn’t the marriage that Paul was referring to, it was the obligations concerned with marriage.
  2. It is used in the metaphorical sense only in New Testament.

 “Bondage,” is the power of physical corruption as against the freedom of life (Romans 8:21), the power of fear as over against the confidence of Christian faith (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:15), and especially is it the bondage of the letter, of the elements, of a ceremonial and institutional salvation which must be scrupulously and painfully observed, as contrasted with the freedom of the sons of God, emancipated by faith in Jesus Christ. This bondage is a peculiarly Pauline idea since he was fighting for Christian freedom (Galatians 2:4; Galatians 4:3, 9, 24-25; Galatians 5:1). In 2 Peter 2:19 the idea is essentially different. Libertinism, masquerading under the name of freedom, is branded as bondage, in contrast with the true freedom of righteous living. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Bondage to sin is not necessary. Those who are true Christians have nothing to do with bondage to sin. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will guide us in a life free from sin if we will let Him. Don’t get caught up in bondage, it’s not worth it.