We had a very nice weekend. On Friday we walked around our county fair. We visited the barns where the draft horses are kept, this is the last year for them at the fair and that saddens me, for I will miss looking into those big soulful eyes and finding a certain peacefulness there when we visit them each year, it is our favorite part of the fair.
We met a sweet Belgium mare named ‘Lady’. Like so many others, her owner needs to sell her because it is just too expensive to feed her with the shortage of hay both this year and last. Though Lady is well cared for and healthy.
Owning a horse is becoming quite the luxury where we live now. The news has been full of reports of horses left to starve. We sat down in the barn and talked with a friend who had rescued one such horse that had been rehabilitated because it had been left to starve. She told us an interesting story about finding a large snake in her barnyard recently…a ‘Puff Adder’.
Later that evening at home, we talked about the news reporting that wolves are increasing their presence in our area. Although farmers have always had the right to defend their livestock against predators, there are now very expensive hunting licenses available for wealthy ‘sportsmen’ to kill the wolves so they can take home a trophy…what other purpose would they have to kill a wolf? I do not believe this is good stewardship.
The next day while I picked some fresh blackberries and raspberries from our yard for homemade waffles…I thought about Eden. And as I picked yet another thorn from my hand, my mind began to drift back to the previous day’s conversation about the snake…and then I was startled when I heard movement near my foot, but, thank the Lord it was only a toad!
Once my nerves settled, my mind began to make comparisons of this current Earth and the Eden that God had made for us, his image bearers…And I imagined what it would be like to be back in Eden.
No thorns on the berry bushes, no biting mosquitos, no disease, and no killing. I imagined having many animal friends like that beautiful Belgium mare, and she would have plenty to eat, so would everyone in Eden; and I know it must have been possible for Adam and Eve to converse with the animals..otherwise, Eve’s response to the serpent striking up a conversation in the garden one day might have gone quite differently had she been startled by his words!…Yes, there is much to ponder when you daydream of Eden…And as I took a deep breath and held it for a moment I closed my eyes and imagined the breath of life that God breathed into the first man…and I thought about the ‘light that lighteth every man that comes into the world.’
And I realized that we each carry a part of our Creator within us, our breath is still His, our light (life energy) is still from Jesus…and we are destined for greater than Eden…Now it is time to jump ahead in this study of our Creator…It is not about this earth that we live in, for it is corrupted by sin, it’s dying, and destined to be no more…It is not our home.
BREATH OF LIFE…
This study is about our Creator and us…So come with me as we step (In the Spirit) upon a fresh new land where there are now stars in the heavens. The Seas are now kept within borders of dry land. There is day and night with a sun and moon glowing brighter than you have ever seen before…. The smell of the soil is very pungent and the air is pure, it’s temperature just right, There’s lush vegetation everywhere, and everything is watered by a fine warm mist while the animals are walking and flying or swimming all around us…No fear!… and God is talking to His Son and He is saying:
1:26 Then God said,
“Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”
1:27 God created humankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them,
male and female he created them.
1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” 1:29 Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 1:30 And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” It was so.
For more scientific information about the air we breathe, I highly recommend this very easy to read study: http://www.chemistryland.com/CHM107/AirWeBreathe/Comp/AirComposition.html
2:4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created – when the Lord God made the earth and heavens.2:5 Now no shrub of the field had yet grown on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 2:6 Springs would well up from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. 2:7 The Lord God formed the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
BONE OF MY BONE; FLESH OF MY FLESH...
2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him.” 2:19 The Lord God formed out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 2:20 So the man named all the animals, the birds of the air, and the living creatures of the field, but for Adam no companion who corresponded to him was found.
2:21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, he took part of the man’s side and closed up the place with flesh. 2:22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 2:23 Then the man said,
“This one at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one will be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
We all know what comes next: the man and woman are decieved by the devil and disobey their Creator...This is the beginning of the end for us.
I'll be jumping ahead in the story again.
The next installment will feature the 'Tree of Life'