To work and to Keep

There are times in our lives when we get the feeling that there has to be more than this. More than this nine to five job that is wearing my back out, more than these student loans which are weighing me down, and more than this every day battle with the flesh that never seems to end. There must be more than this! I wonder if Adam ever asked that question when he lived in the Garden of Eden and walked with God in the cool of the day. Could there be anything more than this?

In Genesis 2:7, The LORD God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and to keep it.  Are you kidding me, to work and to keep! How many of you would be satisfied with this? I mean don’t most of us complain weekly about our jobs and wouldn’t we rather trade something in than keep it? But this was it; this was what God placed Adam in the garden to do.  To work is to labor in order to achieve a goal or, in Adam’s case, to produce fruit; to keep is to protect and to preserve, and don’t we all have these duties in our lives? Haven’t we all been given the same mandate?

 I am quite confident that the work in the garden was hard and that some days were really long, but it was never about the difficulty of the job or the length of the work day. It was and is always about the One we work for. Colossians 3 says that whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. So this week when you are tempted to have a bad attitude about your job and the life that you are keeping, remember that you are doing it all for Him.

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The MisInterpretation of Truth

I recently read a work of fiction entitled Angelology.  It was a New York Times Bestseller.  There was one paragraph in the book that read, "Seraphina said. 'John said that in the Beginnning there was the Word and the Word was with God.  What he did not say is that in order to be meaningful the Word requires interpretation.  That is our role.'" (p. 176) 

Too often error finds its way past our 'truth sensors' and into our heart because we, as Believers, do not think theologically.  As opposed to what the above mentioned work of fiction communicates, the Word does NOT need interpretation....not the WORD spoken of in the first chapter of John's Gospel.  The Word in John 1 is none other than the person of Christ.  Any interpretation that occurs in relationship to Jesus as the Word is His interpreting for US who His Father is.  John relates in verse 14 of that chapter:  "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."  Jesus revealed God's glory to us.

It is Jesus who exegetes God for us.  Further along in the text it reads, "No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained (exegeted) Him."  (John 1:18)  The Word explains the Father to us and our responsibility is to hear and to obey...not interpret...that job has already been done for us by Someone who has firsthand knowledge! 

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