Choices Have Consequences

What was perfect will be made perfect again… all things will be made NEW… including YOU!

Choices have consequences. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’” (Genesis 2:16-17). A command is handed down by God to man (Hebrew root name for Adam) that if you do this one thing, “you shall surely die.” Adam was smart enough to understand that death was some kind of punishment for disobedience, even though he had not experienced it.

In Genesis 2:9 we are told about two specific trees: the “tree of life” that is only for those granted eternal life (Genesis 3:22; Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14) and the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” that leads to death. God told Adam that he could freely eat from every tree, which included the “tree of life,” but do not eat from the “tree of death” (quotes added to point out the two options). Innocence and immortality would soon be shattered by one man. Additionally, all of creation was created through, for and by Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:16), and served as a backdrop for a bigger purpose – good versus evil. That purpose will be discussed later.

When God put Adam in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it along with instructions not to eat from the tree of knowledge, Eve did not exist. Remember the game where someone whispers in your ear what to say to the next person? The story gets twisted almost immediately. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’” (Genesis 3:1)?

Who is speaking through the serpent to the woman? Revelation 12:9 gives us a big clue: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” We will discuss later more details about the origin and destiny of Satan, but for the purpose here, the speaking of the serpent was a diabolic miracle, just as the speaking of Balaam’s donkey was a divine miracle (Numbers 22:28).

Note how Satan twisted God’s word, casting doubt upon the woman. “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). God said they could eat from every tree (with one exception). Satan said to the woman, in effect, “Since God said to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over every living thing, how come you can’t eat from any tree you want? Clearly you must have heard it wrong from your husband?” A marriage counselor Satan is not. Give him an inch in your life and he takes a foot. Now the woman starts to second-guess what her husband told her about the tree of knowledge.

The woman’s response to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3: “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” The translation from God to Adam, then from Adam to the woman (she had no formal name yet) and then add in Satan’s distorted lies and you have a recipe for disaster.

Where did God say, “You shall not touch the fruit of knowledge?” Even more importantly, where did God say, “You shall die immediately if you touch or eat the fruit of knowledge?” The woman’s belief that if she even touched the tree’s fruit, death was imminent, inferred that the conversation with the serpent took place well away from “the tree which is in the midst of the garden.” In the original Hebrew language, the woman’s interpretation of “die” in Genesis 3:3 meant immediate death, whereas God said in Genesis 2:17 that “you shall surely die,” meaning the process of physically dying would begin, as witnessed in Adam’s life, dying at the ripe age of 930 (Genesis 5:5).

It gets even more twisted. “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’” (Genesis 3:4-5). Satan responded by telling the woman, “You will not surely die,” which was a lie but in her mind he meant she would not die immediately, which was cunningly true!

Is it possible that Adam embellished God’s instructions to the woman? Yes. He did have free will, but without the knowledge of good and evil. Is it possible that the woman misunderstood what Adam told her and/or added her own embellishments? Yes. She also had free will, but without the knowledge of good and evil. Again, I’m reminded of innocent children sitting in a circle of chairs whispering what has been said from one ear to the next. The story will not be the same come full circle. Whatever happened in the translation from God to the woman, it was done with innocence and without sin. But that strategic move by the serpent to tempt the woman first, thinking she was the weaker of the two, would ultimately be Satan’s downfall when God imposes a curse.

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Biblical Leverage 4 Wealth (1 of 15) – Destiny

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

This scripture verse is a bombshell on many levels and everyone should leverage it’s words and tap into their divine destiny. Building wealth is done with knowledge, wisdom and leverage.

First, it can not be overstated that our Creator “knew” you and I before we were even formed in the belly of our mother. The Hebrew root word used here is used only one time in the entire Old Testament Bible (used one time in New Testament). It literally means that God is able “to ascertain by seeing” and “appoint.” God, through His wisdom, has foreknowledge of every person before birth.

Without stating the obvious, God is the source of all life, physical and eternal. Death is a result of sin. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). No one will ever convince me that abortion is a choice for life (though when it deals with the life of the mother, exceptions are understandable). But I digress, stick with me here.

Ever heard of the story of a man stuck on his roof as the flood waters keep rising and a boat came by three times to save him? Each time he refused stating God will save him. He drowned and when asking God in heaven why He allowed him to die, God in His wisdom said I sent three different boats to save you. God was using humans to save humans. Let that sink in, pun intended.

Real life consequences of what could have been hits home for me. I lost my wife 11 months ago to breast cancer. I hate cancer. It is a death sentence for millions. Now think about this notion. Of the 60 million abortions since 1973 in America, what if God had “appointed” just one of those souls to be the answer for cancer? With foreknowledge, that child would grow up and cure cancer. My wife could still be with me today. We will never know because we flushed millions of lives down the toilet.

I have a strange feeling if I ask God why He took my wife so early in life from me, He would say I sent the answer already for your wife and many others to be cured and America threw it away due to eyes on self. Ouch!

As a real life tangible consequence of aborting 60 million souls (all who God knew before being formed in the belly), America should easily now have over 400 million people contributing to our society and building wealth. That is 60 million people who will never invent new technology, buy a car (or two), a home, invest in the stock market, pay taxes and shore up social security for other Americans.

Secondly before birth, God has sanctified us (“to be set apart”) for this life to do His will, not ours. In other words, we have a holy divine destiny and if we pursue it, God will bless us in order for us to be a blessing to others. Of course, “free will” means you can ignore His will, to your detriment on many levels.

And lastly before birth, God ordains each person with gift or gifts. In the case of Jeremiah, the gift of prophecy. The root meaning for “ordained” has several layers what God has in store for you and I. It means: to give, bestow, grant, permit, ascribe, employ, devote, consecrate, dedicate, pay wages, sell, exchange, lend, commit, entrust, give over, deliver up, yield produce, occasion, produce, requite to, report, mention, utter, stretch out, and extend. Wow!

Now go leverage this knowledge and wisdom from God and reach your destiny.

NEXT: Biblical Leverage 4 Wealth (2 of 15) – Purpose

God’s Will for Creation Does Not Change

Malachi 3:6 … “For I am the Lord, I do not change”

Then comes two major directives given to mankind. “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:28). To this very day, the creation directives still stand because God’s nature, character and will for mankind has not changed. “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). The first directive is children, a gift from God. It should be noted that God wanted Adam and Eve to have multiple children, with no pain during childbirth for Eve. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). The children of Adam and Eve would also have immortality, having full access to the “tree of life” as food and live forever (Genesis 3:22).

After filling the earth, the second directive flies in the face of those who worship creation over the Creator, or more specifically worshipping the earth and animals over mankind. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men” (Psalm 115:16). The phrase “subdue it; have dominion over” from Genesis 1:28 means to keep or bring into bondage the earth while ruling over all animal life that moves. “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me” (Jeremiah 27:5). Any policy or law that promotes the earth or any living thing over mankind’s well-being is paganism and is contrary to God’s directive. More on that subject later in another post.

This brings to mind two obvious questions. First, did God give away His ownership of creation when He instructed man to subdue the earth and have dominion over animal life? “Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14). “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). “The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all its fullness, You have founded them” (Psalm 89:11). The obvious answer to the question is “No.” As Exodus 19:5 states, “for all the earth is Mine.

Secondly, did God expect man to treat the earth and animal life irresponsibly? To the contrary. All life was vegetarian from the beginning and lived in harmony with each other without fear. “And God said, ’See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food’” (Genesis 1:29-30). The lion could lay with the lamb beside Adam and eat herbs for food. Moreover, God gave Adam a charge which he failed to do and as a result sin entered the world through him, not Eve. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). That charge still stands today. What is it?

Before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2:5-6). “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). The words “till” and “tend” have the same Hebrew root meaning, to work and labor. Even more specific, to serve another by labor. Adam was also to “keep” the garden, meaning he was to guard, observe, have charge of, keep watch and ward, protect and save life. He was the first watchman! He failed miserably at the task because Eve was tempted by the serpent in the garden (Genesis 3:1).

Man’s charge is to protect God’s creation. The problem with environmentalism and paganism is that people have taken good stewardship, as charged by our Creator, and turned it into worshipping the earth and/or animals over mankind. That is idolatry. Lastly, it is not possible for mankind to destroy creation since he and she are a part of it. Can we pollute it? Yes. Can we clean it up? Yes. Can we control nature? No. Can we destroy the earth in its entirety? No! “You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You” (Nehemiah 9:6). “For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other’” (Isaiah 45:18). God did not create the earth in vain. It was perfectly designed to be inhabited by all living things. There was no death. “His work is perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4). “His way is perfect” (2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 18:30). It was simply perfect!

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Organized Chaos … Pt. 3: Days 5 & 6

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer lies in Genesis 1:21: “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind.” The chicken came first, as did all other full-grown living creatures, male and female. “And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’” (Genesis 1:22). The fifth day concludes with the sixth day doubling down with more carbon dioxide production. Carbon dioxide is produced by all aerobic organisms (an organism that can survive and grow in an oxygenated environment) when they metabolize carbohydrate and lipids to produce energy by respiration. It is returned to water via the gills of fish and to the air via the lungs of air-breathing land animals, including humans. We all learn this basic principle early in school. You inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. The plants intake the carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

On the sixth day, “God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind” (Genesis 1:25). “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air” (Genesis 2:19). It is amusing at best to think man could destroy what God created from nothing. From nothing to something, namely earth (“the ground“), comes forth all moving things that breathe. Can man create something new from nothing? No! First you have to get your own dirt. “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). Only God can make a “new” thing. Everything man has made or will make comes from what God created in six days. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7). More on that subject in a later post.

Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26a, 27). Note the words “Us” and “Our” – meaning Adam (“him“) was made in the “image” and “likeness” of the triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), created to live forever as an immortal being. Furthermore, likeness does not mean duplicate (exact copy) because man had the capability (free will) to sin, unlike God, who cannot sin (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15). “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). Once again that breath of life inhales oxygen, exhales carbon dioxide.

Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’” (Genesis 2:22-23). Eve came from Adam, made from his image and likeness, also an immortal being with free will. “For man is not from woman, but woman from man” (1 Corinthians 11:8).

Once again the Spirit, water and blood bear witness on earth with the creation of mankind (1 John 5:8). “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4). “All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life” (Genesis 7:22). The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% and “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). And thus the sixth day concludes with Eve being the bookend of God’s creative power. Adam and Eve had an equal desire to worship their Creator in love and adoration, neither looking at the other as someone to rule over. “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). They were of one mind, one flesh and one spirit as husband and wife destined to live forever.

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Organized Chaos … Pt. 2: Days 3 & 4

God set the earth on a tilted axis, for night and day… on an orbit for the seasons…
And only He can stop it… move it… or fold it up in His time.

The carbon dioxide created on the second day was needed by what would take place on the third. The third day ushered in land, which in turn forced water to now become seas. The same day produced grass, herbs and trees bearing fruit. “And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9).

On the fourth day, God’s light gave way to the sun, moon and stars as days would become seasons, in time, years. “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years’” (Genesis 1:14). Plant life can now thrive from the sun’s light energy via photosynthesis using the carbon dioxide distilled from the air, and “mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2:6). The wisdom of this creative power produced oxygen needed for all life that moves on earth!

Before we cover what God created from the ground, namely all life that moves, the following body of scripture emphatically rejects the climate change propaganda that mankind can destroy the earth. “Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved” (1 Chronicles 16:30). “You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever” (Psalm 104:5). “One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever” (Ecclesiastes 1:4).

Once again, it is crystal clear that God knew what He was doing when he created all life that moves to inhabit what is unmovable – the earth! If man could destroy the earth, the implications would not be good. But after the sixth day of creation that included man, “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Not just good, but very good! Now on to life that moves.

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

What Are Your Children Worth?

How much would you sell your child or children for? No… seriously think about an amount… $10,000… $100,000… $1 Million… $1 Billion?

“Silly question,” you may say. But if your answer is “priceless” or “there is no amount I would sell”… guess what? You are wealthy, my friend. Yes… I said wealthy! Stick with me now…

There are many people who do not have any children… for whatever reason… by choice or not by choice. Sadly, I am one of them. But for those who do, I have a message for you from God. Psalm 127:3 states, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Let’s break this down what God is saying to us.

The Hebrew root word for “heritage” means to inherit, inheritance, possession and get this… even the word “heirloom” is used, which means a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations. God entrusted YOU to take care of these valuable possessions and raise them right. Why?

Short answer is two main reasons… 1) To your benefit, the parents, so you have a safety net or what I call God’s social security… and 2) To their benefit, the children, so they may live LONG lives and be blessed. Let me elaborate in closing…

Some of us never make it to old age, like my late wife, who was ravaged by breast cancer. But if you do have children and you make it to your 80’s and 90’s and even older… those children become your safety net. The circle of life indeed comes full circle. As a baby, totally dependent on food, using the bathroom or diapers, etc… one day our feeble bodies return to the same dependency. And here is where the priceless value of children really kick in… “But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God” (1 Timothy 5:4). When your spouse dies (along with that support), your children and their children become your social security… your inheritance… your priceless heirloom.

But the children must live long enough themselves to be there for you when the time comes. How do they do that? The key is God’s fifth commandment… “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land…” (Exodus 20:12). This is a two-way commitment… parents raise their children in the teachings of God… and the children honor their parents in order to live long lives. That is wealth, my friends.

Organized Chaos … Pt. 1: Days 1 & 2

And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one” (1 John 5:8). As we have read in previous post, everything is made by, for and through Jesus Christ. It was His innocent blood that bears witness as the ultimate sacrifice for mankind’s sin on earth via His crucifixion. In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God bears witness with a formless earth made entirely of water. Darkness was the order of a timeless past. But then God said … and all of creation was spoken into existence in six days.

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). God is the source of all life, with Jesus being the decisively indicative test. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” God Himself was the source of light for the first three days of creation. That light ushered in Day and Night, evening and morning, and time began – the first day. God then separated the waters by a firmament on the second day. Above the firmament the water vaporized and became what is called the first and second Heaven, the first being the atmosphere and the second being outer space. The third heaven is the home of God’s throne (2 Corinthians 12:2). Now the earth has a definable round form, a skyline with clouds, and water solely contained below the firmament, comparable to the judgment flood in the days of Noah.

It is worth mentioning here two major points as creation is spoken into existence. One, creation was designed with no curse, which would later come because of sin. And second, everything was made in a ready-to-use aged state so all of creation could thrive and coexist: water, air, land, grass and herbs, trees bearing fruit, sun, moon, stars and all living organisms (animals and mankind). Science overlooks the fact that the earth was already aged in the creation process, just as Adam was made in the image of God as a full-grown man. Creation was designed to last forever, with man living forever in communion with God. With that said you can better understand the wisdom, knowledge and power of God in the creation process. Hebrews 1:10 declares “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Distillation is the process of separating components from a liquid mixture by selective evaporation and condensation. That process took place in Genesis 1:6-7 and the result was carbon dioxide being obtained from the air. Because carbon dioxide is also soluble in water, it occurs naturally in groundwater, rivers, lakes, ice caps, glaciers and seawater. Would God pollute his own creation with a harmful substance that can ultimately destroy it? Of course not! God saw that it was good.

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

Chinese Bamboo Tree Parable

Plant takes five (5) years to start growing…

The Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us success lessons on patience, faith, perseverance, growth & development and most surprising of all… human potential! Like any plant, the growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing.

Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded. And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

The Chinese Bamboo Tree is a great reminder of what a great Personal Brand (marketing yourself or what you represent) is like. Initially you may not see results… depending on each person, it may take longer for some…

As long as you keep building momentum you will succeed. You just need to respect the process, be patient, and find mentors who have done it already.

This Also Is Vanity

This post will be short and bittersweet.

The Book of Ecclesiastes, as written by King Solomon in his old age, tugs at my heart this weekend. In it, the word “vanity” is used 33 times in reference to all the wealth, accolades, achievements, etc. attained in his lifetime. Conclusion in each worldly achievement is, “This also is vanity.”

My wife died last October 4, 2018 from an 18-month agonizing ordeal with triple-negative breast cancer that spread to her organs, bones and brain… along with chemo and radiation. She was able to muster one more stint of Chaplaincy work at the hospital for a few weeks before the disease shut her down for good.

Now 10 months removed from her graduation to God’s bosom, I went through methodically and burned items she attained in her life… diplomas, plaques, awards, certificates, taxes, insurance forms, etc. It took over 5 hours to burn everything. She chose to be cremated and her cremains lay in the backyard flower garden. Her body, too, was burned. This world, one day, will be burned (2 Peter 3:10-13) instead of flooded again (as promised by the rainbow).

My point? All is vanity. Get right with God through His Son Jesus Christ… because one day all that you have left is what you have given to God. And if you belong to Him, He will share His wealth with you as equal heirs (Romans 8:17). Your personal wealth will be left behind for someone else to consume… if the fire does not get it first.

To learn more about my wife’s calling and help continue her ministry, visit her foundation to help Hospice House, cancer patients and Chaplaincy spiritual department in hospital.

Creation … Pt. 3: Mathematical Perfection

Genesis 1:1 in God’s language (Hebrew)… read right to left… creation made perfect.

Now that we know why creation exists in previous post, let’s return to Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Creation is no accident and the first verse is full of mathematical perfection. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Let’s break down the math. Scripture was first penned in the Hebrew language. In the English language, verse one contains ten words. But in Hebrew, there are seven (7) words. “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3). Used 603 times (59 times in the book of Revelation alone), the number 7 is the foundation of God’s word. Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual).

To break down verse one even further, there are twenty-eight (28) Hebrew characters that make up the first verse. Revelation 7:1 reveals “the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth.” Throughout the Bible, the number 4 is associated with the earth and the number 7 with completion. So in summary Genesis 1:1 has seven words and twenty-eight characters. Seven times four is twenty-eight (28), God’s creative power of the heavens and earth completed in wisdom, knowledge and perfection. “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens” (Proverbs 3:19). “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:9).

Verse one is a declarative supernatural theological bombshell. From there God explains in detail how it came about. Note that man had nothing to do with the creation process, but instead is part of creation itself. “I have made the earth, and created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded” (Isaiah 45:12). But for mankind to survive on earth, the creation process had a certain order. Without it, life as we know it could not exist. “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown” (Genesis 2:4-5).

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NOTE: The preceding excerpt was taken from the book, “God on Climate Change: Worshipping creation instead of the Creator” by Jim Wear (the author of this blog)… available in paperback at Amazon.

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