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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1 v 1.

Genesis is a Greek word meaning beginning. The following verses 2-31 display the magnificent wonder of creation. In verse 26 we read:

Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness…

The awesome designer imparts an image of the creator into mankind, His attributes of worship and dominion are ours even to this day. He created a day to rest from all His work, we too are blessed with a day of rest. He provided everything necessary for a fruitful life, His desire was for mankind to submit to His gracious authority and depend upon His great provision.

He offered Adam the responsibility to name the creatures, He saw that Adam had no helper comparable to him so He graciously created a woman from his side and brought her to him. They became one flesh. Our great designer met our needs through Adam and gave us responsibility, comfort and satisfaction.

Given all of these blessings why would anyone want to stray from a land of plenty, a God of truth and an eternal home?

Well because we succumb to temptation leading to sin.

Isn’t this why we all fall short of His glory? We hear God’s voice just as Eve did and we argue with it!

When our children were much younger they were discussing sin… ‘if only Eve hadn’t eaten of the fruit’ they lamented!

I offered a thought: You would have done exactly the same thing…

‘No, we would not’ they retorted eagerly.

‘Ok, I will believe you IF you can do one thing.’

Eyes wide open, ‘what’s that?’

Do not do anything that God has prohibited for just 12 hours.

They accepted the challenge! Needless to say, they failed, they ‘ate the apple’ – so to speak. I hasten to add – so did I!

This was a great lesson on how temptation can grip us enough to sin against God; many years later and sadly, regretfully we are still eating of the forbidden fruit.

BUT, there is hope! Oh yes, The Great Designer even made a way for us to be at one with Him again. He didn’t desire that we should perish in our sin but His mercies are new every day! No, we are not perfect in this life but Our wonderful gracious God is immeasurably more patient with us than we are with our children.

The consequences of sin are so great that The Great Designer wants to spare many that would once again return to Him, to submit to His great authority.

If you have fallen away from your Creator and Saviour – return quickly:

…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn away from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7 v 14.

If you have never heard that your sin can be forgiven then read on…!

Throughout the Old Testament there are numerous prophecies that speak of a coming Messiah – One who will take away the sin of the world.

Then it will come about in that day that the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; and His resting place will be glorious.


Isaiah 11 v 12.

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, `The LORD our righteousness.

Jeremiah 23 v 5-6.

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.

Micah 5 v 2.

“Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7 v 14.

“And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60 v 3.

When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.

Hosea 11 v 1.

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the LORD, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3 v 1.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.

Psalm 78 2 v 4.

And on that day the deaf shall hear words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.

Isaiah 29 v 8.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.

Isaiah 53 v 7.

“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

Isaiah 42 v 1.

The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn…

Isaiah 61 v 2.

Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, `We will not walk in it.

Jeremiah 6 v 16.

Can you see how mankind still rejects God? The One who designed the ancient paths? He speaks to us in various ways… Can youhear His voice?

Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,…But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people

Jeremiah 31 v 31.

This

Is

The

Great

Hope…

…for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 28 v 28.

The blood of the Lamb. His remedy, the penalty for sin. Paid in full by Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
Saved for Him, by Him and for Him.

What must you do to be saved?

Believe on the Lord Jesus. Repent of your sin and believe that He came as a final sacrifice, He paid the price on the cross for your sin. He rose again and one day you will be where He is.

The Great Designer has a wonderful plan for your life, until He comes again or until you pass from this life into eternity.

Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

John 1 v 29.

Shine brightly
Julie

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