September 16th, 2007

Jehoshabeath

Creation is sacrifice

(Continuing a thread in the comments of another post...)

To create something is to sacrifice something. Creation is an act of revelation of our deepest heart's inspirations and struggles. We take these deep internal things, manifest them in some form, and present them to the outside.

When we do, others cannot react as we would have hoped. We create for the art of it -- yet they react either in misunderstanding, criticism, or they take the characters and scenes as their own to cherish. All are painful. Sharing our hearts is painful.

So why do we do it?

I think I create because my soul is yearning for someone to understand these deep, hidden things inside. I want them to see and understand and communicate in a way that is closer than any normal human relationship. I want fellowship on a very different level.

Is that why God Created?
Was His goal to have fellowship with us? To express His art and share with us His vision? He did seek to make a way to dwell with His people Israel through the Tabernacle and then sent Immanuel...

I will have to study Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-22 later to find further insight into this.
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God's will for men

After trying to explain today's message on Hebrews 2:5-18, I came to the conclusion that God's purpose for man is this:

to bring glory to God as His glorious children


God created man and woman in His own image and so made Adam and Eve very glorious. Just looking at the delicate weaving together of our flesh and bone, understanding the complex chemical processes, considering the language of genetics - it is awesome.
But sin destroyed the original glory of man. Rebellion marred the creation of God.

Now, it must be understood that God is just; He cannot tolerate sin (Psalm 92:15). Man's sin separated him from God (Genesis 3:24). And this did not please God. To Ezekiel, God said, "I take no pleasure in the death of anyone..." (Ezekiel 18:32) God created us in His image and with a purpose - He does not want us to live broken lives subjected to fear and death.

So, what could God do?
He wanted to reconcile people to Himself, but He cannot tolerate sin. So, he offered people the opportunity to gain right standing before Him through the Law of Moses. The Law tells us how to live pure and just lives that are acceptable to God. Unfortunately, we as humans cannot live up to the high standard of the Law. We cannot become righteous by our effort.

So, what could God do?
Romans 8:3-4 "what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." God sent His Son as the sacrifice that purifies our sin and then sent His Spirit to live in us and help us to live righteously day by day.

Now, the children of God await the day when God's plan will be ultimately fulfilled. "...we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies" (Romans 8:23). As Christ was raised in glory and took on a new, resurrection body, so too will the other children of God. We will be glorified once again, even as man and woman were in the beginning. God will dwell with His people forever and "make all things new" (Revelation 21:5). This is God's will. That one day His children will reign with Him in glory - the glory with which He created them in the beginning - and they will live with Him and worship Him as God.

God did the work. All we need to do is accept it and live by this truth. This is what faith is. Faith is trusting it to be true and living by this hope.
(John 5:24, John 17:3, John 3:18)
Jehoshabeath

Semantic factoring night

My semantic factoring took longer than I expected! I hope (or rather, need) to finish the associated facet structure and subject hierarchy by tomorrow. Working out the conceptual roots of vocabulary is no easy task and arranging these bits in a meaningful order is even harder. At the same time, it is fun to stack and sort the cards! :)

On a more random note, there is wine in my refrigerator and that somehow makes me happy!