Day 2: The Fall

Passage: Genesis 3:1-24

Two phrases stand out from this passage:
•    “Did God really say…?” 3:1
•    “Walking in the garden in the cool of the day” 3:8

Two phrases, poles apart – the first reflecting disruption and dissention, the second reflecting presence.

An enemy that disrupts.

A God that is present.

The story of mankind begins with the illustration of God walking around the garden. Present with Adam and Eve – sharing in the cool of the day.

A God that is present. An image that takes on another form at another stage in the great sweep of Gods story when again God is notable for his presence – “the word became flesh”. And even then we can see – not far from His presence –  the occurrence of dissention and  destruction lurking behind the scenes.

I wonder even now in our times are we aware of both presence and dissention… pulled at times more towards on than the other.

Would that this year I be aware more of the presence of the Lord than pulled in by the dissention of the other.

Helen

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Day 1: Creation

Passage: Genesis 1:1-2:25
Key verse: “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

It is always crucial how it begins.

The opening scene in a movie. The first chapter in a book. The start of a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

It is always crucial how it begins.

And the story of God is no different.

The beginning of God’s story is not just about gardens and fruit. Or even about animals and trees. The heart of the beginning of God’s story begins to reveal the heart of God.

I was struck that the opening chapters are all about God and his people being in relationship with one another. These verses reveal a God walking with his creation in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden. A relationship in which they might have shared, walked, laughed, talked and enjoyed each other.

This is how it all began. This is what was intended from the start.

Am I making the most of the opportunity I have to walk with this God today? Am I enjoying that relationship with Him?

Rick

E100 Intro

E100 is a Bible Reading Challenge that leads you through 100  Essential Bible passages on a daily basis. Over the next 4 months, the Scripture Union NI staff and volunteers will take up this challenge for themselves. This blog will be the place where they share their thoughts, reflections and key points that stand out for them on this journey.

We would love you to take up this challenge for yourself and join us throughout this process. It would be even better to hear from you and have you as part of this conversation, so please leave your own comments on the posts that will appear.

Also, please be aware that a joint E100 venture for young people across ministries, agencies and denominations in Ireland will be launched in October with additional resources and online commentary from local bible teachers. More details to follow.

Above all, let’s ask God to reveal more of His truths to us throughout this adventure.