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North Star 1.2 – Genesis 1:3-5 October 29, 2007

Posted by dan snyder in Bible: Old Testament, NorthStar 1.0 (Gen 1).
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God’s choice action for creation is speaking. His voice and words bring light to darkness, order and meaning to chaos, life to dead-space, fullness to emptiness.

Through speaking He initiates relationship with creation. If He had simply fashioned it all by hand or used tools without speaking, God would have distanced Himself from creation. But by speaking He invites reciprocal participation. He honors the creation by treating it with respect as something that can hear, understand and respond in return.

Jesus is the Living Word. He is the agent of Creation. Jesus is the means (agent) of relationship between God and Creation from the beginning. The Cross – His demonstrative loving act of restoring relationship – is simply an extension of this ‘transmissional’ work.

From the first words, God establishes a way of rescuing Creation from death, darkness, chaos and emptiness. He establishes not only His desire for relationship, but the priority of relationship for Creation to live and glorify Him. Left to its own, Creation would remain formless and void. Jesus Christ, the Agent of Creation, the Word, is ‘voiced’ into creation in a pre-eminent way. All spaces – especially human hearts – that receive this Word should expect this salvation/creation effect. And all places (ears) to which this Word is directed can treasure this invitation to relationship with Creator God.