03182015JesusWorksInCreation#2DonRuhl

Jesus Works in Creation #2 

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • March 11, In the year of our Lord, 2015

  1. Watch the Lord in Creation 
    1. See what He wanted for us as revealed in Genesis 2.
      1. What does He want for us?
      2. What does He want from us?
    2. Was the Lord in a hurry in Genesis 1–2?
    3. Did the Lord procrastinate in Genesis 1–2?
    4. Notice the pattern or even rhythm of Genesis 1:
  2. The Garden 
    1. The Bible says God planted a garden, but we imagine that the whole Earth was a garden or garden-like.
      1. What then is a garden?
        1. It is not wilderness.
        2. It has a boundary.
        3. It has design.
        4. It enhances nature.
      2. What does this tell you about the Lord placing man in the garden?
    2. The garden seemed to be the ideal place.
      1. Was it?
      2. It may have been itself, but
        1. man introduced a problem
        2. that continues to this very day.
          1. Yet, the Lord continued to work with man,
          2. although he had ruined the Lord’s creation.
  3. The Lord Puts Us Where He Wants Us 
    1. Twice Moses pointed out that the Lord put the man in the garden,

      8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed (Gen 2.8).

      15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it (Gen 2.15).

    2. The Lord continues to work in our world to put us where it pleases Him,

      9 A man’s heart plans his way,
      But the Lord directs his steps.
      (Pro 16.9)

      7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…(1Co 12.7).

      11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills (1Co 12.11).

    3. We want our circumstances to change, but
      1. the Lord works with us where we are,
      2. not as we want it to be.
    4. Concerning the Earth,
      1. the Lord God put us on the Earth,
      2. so that we are part of the Earth.
        1. He used the Earth to make us.
        2. We shall return to the Earth.
          1. Are we as much of the Earth as all the animals?
          2. Some people treat us as though we are foreign to the Earth.
            1. How then should we view the Earth?
            2. How should we treat it?
  4. More Than Dust 
    1. The Bible affirms that the Lord made us from the dust of the Earth,

      7 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 (Gen 2.7).
    2. He also remembers our condition,

      13 As a father pities his children,
      So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
      14 For He knows our frame;
      He remembers that we are dust.
      (Psa 103.13–14)
    3. However, we are more than dust.
      1. Yes, we share something with the rest of creation on this planet, but
      2. we have something the rest of natural creation does not.
    4. The Lord has us work with Him in His creation,

      15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it (Gen 2.15).

      1. However, He also placed a restriction on the man.
      2. We participate in His creation, but
        1. we are still ourselves a creation.
        2. Therefore, we must observe limits,

          16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 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” (Gen 2.16–17).

          1. This is the first command.
          2. Adam had the ability to obey or disobey.
            1. This implies freedom.
            2. What other part of creation has our freedom?
              1. What is freedom?
              2. Can we just do anything we desire?
      3. We have been made in the image of God.
        1. We should so act.
        2. How would God act if He walked the Earth?
          1. We need to see that nature is part of us, and
          2. we are part of nature.
        3. Consider part of a sermon Augustine preached,

          The Word of the Father, by whom all time was created, was made flesh and was born in time for us. He, without whose divine permission no day completes its course, wished to have one day for His human birth. In the bosom of His Father He existed before all the cycles of ages; born of an earthly mother, He entered upon the course of the years on this day.

          The Maker of man became man that He, Ruler of the stars, might be nourished at the breast; that He, the Bread, might be hungry; that He, the Fountain, might thirst; that He, the Light, might sleep; that He, the Way, might be wearied by the journey; that He, the Truth, might be accused by false witnesses; that He, the Judge of the living and the dead, might be brought to trial by a mortal judge; that He, Justice, might be condemned by the unjust; that He, Discipline, might be scourged with whips; that He, the Foundation, might be suspended upon a cross; that Courage might be weakened; that Security might be wounded; that Life might die.
          To endure these and similar indignities for us, to free us, unworthy creatures, He who existed as the Son of God before all ages, without a beginning, deigned to become the Son of Man in these recent years. He did this although He who submitted to such great evils for our sake had done no evil and although we, who were the recipients of so much good at His hands, had done nothing to merit these benefits.