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“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made. For He spake, and it was done, He commanded, and it stood fast.”
“The Introduction” by Nathan Greene, ©, All Rights Reserved, Used By Permission.
At the command of Almighty God, a blob of water-covered matter, floating in dark cosmic space, was transformed into a “tiny blue dot,” pulsating with life.
Synthetic organic chemistry confirms the impossibility of life creating itself from non-living matter. Mathematical reality leaves evolution without a single living cell at the starting line.
Ecological reality suggests also that all forms of plant and animal life are co-dependent on a life-friendly environment containing water, energy from the sun, oxygen, a moderate climate, gravity and a couple of Van Allen belts protecting against killer radiation.
This perfect little “blue dot,” carving a precise path on the edge of cosmic blackness is no accident but exists at the command of the Almighty God of the Universe.
“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth…For He spoke and it came to be; He commanded and it remained firm.” Psalm 33:6, 9
The first ancestor human couple, created in the “image of God,” dominated the pristinely perfect, Planet Earth until conned by Lucifer, the arch deceiver. Falling for Satan’s lies, led to corruption of their DNA and a relentless drift into depravity’s death spiral.
Evicted from the Garden of Eden, they lost their honored status as a part of God’s family and the privilege of living in God’s presence. When son Cain murdered his brother Abel, death’s darkness tore at their hearts.
Evil’s pernicious pandemic swept through future generations, awash in gross debauchery. This degraded condition led to a global flood that carved up the face of Planet Earth and destroyed the human race except for the family of Noah, a righteous man who remained loyal to God.
God, the Father of all mankind, in all His wisdom and mercy, designed a master plan, offering humans a second chance to reclaim membership in His family. The plan centered on Jesus, His only begotten Son, coming to Earth to show the Father’s love, justice, and forgiveness and to surrender His own life to pay the death penalty for all human sinners. Any person believing in Christ, repenting of sin and inviting God’s Holy Spirit to guide his or her life will be welcomed to live forever in the Creator’s Everlasting Kingdom of Heaven.
Blood delivers life to the body. Loss of blood causes death. Christ’s sacrificial shedding of His innocent blood on the cross symbolizes the cost of choosing to fall for Satan’s deceptions and to walk away from the Life-giver.
Blood is Sacred, Blood is Life
It Builds Family Love, Binding Hearts
Blood carries the genes given us by God, our Father, when He created humans in His own image. Perfect DNA and membership in the family of God included the emotions of love, joy, and peace. The sin virus corrupted that perfect gene pool, human hearts, and the blood it pumped, with illness, jealousy, hate and death—the penalty for disobeying our Father, God.
Christ, God’s “only begotten Son” and our Big Brother, carried human genes, so was tempted like we are. Still, His life was a living sermon, radiating perfect family love and the justice of Almighty God. When Jesus voluntarily allowed His blood to be shed on the cross, the death penal was paid in full full for all sinners who chose to repent. Invested by the Holy Spirit with a new ID, Christ’s human brother and sisters who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus will be welcomed into the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven when Jesus returns.
Still, the heavenly Father will never walk away from children trapped in evil’s cycle of death because His love and justice is so rich and deep, He allowed the life blood of His Son Jesus, to be shed to pay the death penalty for all repentant sinners seeking His forgiveness. God’s master plan guarantees whoever believes in Jesus and repents “will not perish” but will inherit “everlasting life.”
Abraham, a descendant of Noah, born after the Global Flood, lived a righteous life, in the midst of a culture consumed in evil. Despite the fact he was a childless old man, God promised this hero of faith, his descendants would be as “as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.”
To activate His master plan of salvation, God chose this people to deliver His second chance message of hope that would break the shackles of sin’s death curse infecting the human race. As a critical step, God intervened to free Abraham’s enslaved descendants from baking bricks and stoking iron-smelting furnaces under the stifling heat of Egyptian skies.
Relishing the sweet taste of freedom in route to a Promised Land, this multitude of illiterate ex-slaves didn’t need to be polished academic scholars to sense the power of a loving God, who guaranteed rest from physical labor on the seventh day of every week—the fourth of His ten rules for better living, carved on two tables of stone.
While wandering in a desert wilderness, this band of slave survivors were shown a shadow of God’s master plan. Ritual sacrifices that shed the blood of innocent lambs, provided a regular reminder of sin’s deadly penalty. The graphic symbolism portrayed a coming Messiah who would voluntarily allow his blood to be shed as figuratively “the lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.”
Instead of bringing the message of hope to a hurting world, Abraham’s genetic descendants drifted from a divine calling and assumed what was presumed to be an inherited posture of privilege.
During several centuries of ceremonial practices, drowning in an expanding list of man-made rules and regulations, what had been an intended platform for sharing the salvation hope with the world, evolved into a pro-forma system, distorting the ministry’s original purpose.
Misunderstanding the spiritual significance of the sacred ceremonies introduced by Moses, practitioners of the ritualized religious tradition expected the Messiah to establish an earthly kingdom honoring the “chosen,” rather than God’s heavenly Kingdom of Glory.
Subtle drift from Israel’s divine calling eventually blinded temple priests to the role of Jesus of Nazareth, the “only begotten Son of God,” the promised Messiah. Men who had inherited respected leadership roles, rejected Christ’s ministry and inspired a mob to demand His Crucifixion.
Following Christ’s death, these same temple leaders attempted to stamp out the emerging “heresy” described as “The Way,” they pursued, imprisoned and encouraged the deaths of His followers.
The Friday Christ suffered an agonizing crucifixion, an unseen hand ripped the temple curtain dividing the Holy from the Most Holy from the top down. Less than fifty years later, the temple itself was destroyed by a Roman army. The religious system, intended to point minds to a coming Messiah and God’s Eternal Kingdom of had no further functional purpose.
Money, power, organization, ritualized faith, forms of Godliness and brand-name religious risk obscuring the pure and simple beauty of the golden gospel message and the truth about God.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him, while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Mathew 7:7
“Thine is the Kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory,