Posted by: Rex Boyles | October 11, 2007

“What do you mean, Genesis?”

I won’t tell you who. I won’t tell you where or when. But I will tell you that I was teaching a man, who lived in a town where there were “churches” on every corner – the buckle of the Bible Belt. He was having some difficulty sleeping – worried about things that had never bothered him before. He was worried enough that he decided to talk to a preacher. For whatever reason, his wife called me. 

I sat in their living room, listening to a mixture of anxiety – depression – confusion. He didn’t want to be “counseled”. He just wanted someone to talk to him about God. 

 So we started at the beginning. I opened my Bible. His wife had to go find one for him. I said, “Let’s turn to the first book in the Bible, Genesis.” (I said, “first book”, because I wanted to give him a hint. I knew that he didn’t go to church and might not know the books of the Bible.) He said, “What do you mean, Genesis?” Really. He had no idea.

If he didn’t know that Genesis was the first book in the Bible … if he didn’t know that Genesis was “the beginning” …

Did he know that God created the heavens and the earth?
Did he know that he was created in God’s image?
Did he know that if God can make a dirt clod into a man … He can do even more amazing things with a man, who acts like a clod?

Did he know that God created all that He made – “good”?
Did he know that every “good and perfect gift” comes from the Father of lights?
Did he know that he was (is) one of those “good and perfect” gifts?

Did he know that God knew that it was not “good” for man to be alone?
Did he know that it was only after God made woman that He said, “very good”?
Did he know that he was given responsibility to make sure that his wife and daughter have what is “good” – body, heart, and soul?

Did he know that the devil has been a liar from the beginning?
Did he know that the devil would lure him with the lust of his flesh, the lust of his eyes, and the pride of his heart?
Did he know that the devil would leave him ashamed of himself, afraid of his Father, and angry with his soulmate?

Did he know that God came looking for the man and woman, who needed to be found?
Did he know that God would make the first sacrifice to cover the consequences of sin?
Did he know that God promised that “the One” was coming to crush the serpent and to be the last sacrifice of God to cover the consequences of sin?

He didn’t … but he does now.

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