Memorial of Protection
“It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'"”
Exodus 31:17 ESV
Does it matter how God made us? Is the language of the creation account in Genesis literal or figurative? Did God really personally form us from the dust of the ground and breathe his own breathe into our nostrils to give us life? Did God actually create the world in six literal 24 hour periods, and does it even matter?
Multiple times scripture reminds us to keep the Sabbath holy because in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and the springs of water, and then rested on the Sabbath day from all he had created. The scripture further communicates the idea that each of those six days were literal by stressing the language of evening and morning repeatedly throughout the creation account.
It turns out that the way in which God has made us is extremely significant. God intended to communicate our fundamental reason for existence by the way in which he gave us life. The Creation account taken literally communicates the reality of a personal God creating for the purpose of intimate fellowship.
Another interpretation of the creation account has all but swallowed up the one described above in mainstream Christianity. Theistic Evolution is an attempt on behalf of Christians to reconcile the theory of evolution with the belief in a creator. The basic idea is that God used the process of evolution to bring about life as we know it today. While this theory initially appears to help reconcile aspects of science with the Bible it ultimately undermines faith in a God who is worthy of our worship.
Theistic Evolution requires us to set aside the intimate creation account and replace it with a very dark and painful process. The suffering and desperate struggle for life we witness in nature today is believed to be the same process through which God brought man into existence. This represents a fundamentally different picture of God. Rather than the consequence of sin theistic evolution represents death as simply a necessary part of life. In this theory God, not evil becomes the author of death, pain, and suffering. The entire story of redemption from sin becomes irrelevant as well because if death and suffering existed before man fell into sin then what did Jesus come to deliver us from?
The theory briefly described above may sound absurd to some, but it has already become the favored academic view in the majority of Christian institutions of learning. It is only a matter of time before this theory trickles down to Christianity at large. In the light of this popular theory, a weekly memorial of a loving Creator God has given us in the Sabbath makes a lot of sense. In the last days of earth's history God's character will be under attack from all sides. We have a singular call upon our lives, to reveal the goodness of our loving Father to a dark and confused world. In the weeks to come we will discover how effectively our loving Creator has equipped us to do just that.
Still Seeking His Face,