1 Week Before VBS: Get Set!
Day 1: God lovingly creates people
Key Scriptures for Bible Discovery Genesis 1: 26-2:4
“Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7).
On the sixth day, God created a new species. It was very different from all the other lifeforms, in heaven or on earth. God did not create them in the image of angels or other heavenly creatures e.g. the seraphim, cherubim, and the four living creatures in Ezekiel (Hebrews 2:7; Luke 20:36). Nor were they created in the likeness of animals. Humans alone, have been set apart to bear God’s image and likeness. What does this mean for us?
Suffice it to say, the mysteries of God are, well, just that, mysteries; but the bible does tell us a very interesting fact about creation…. The rest of creation exists, because God spoke. With a word, light, darkness, water, sky, oceans, continents, vegetation, trees, the animals, seasons, and the expanse of the heavens were made. Over and over we read in Genesis, that ‘God spoke’ and all these things appeared. And yet, mankind alone, came to life with God’s very breath. God breathed ‘the breath of life’ into Adams, and most likely, Eves nostrils, setting them apart for all eternity. What a loving and intimate gesture! God could have chosen to speak man into existence, like the rest of creation, but He chose to get close and personal. Jesus, the bodily form of the Godhead, stooped, then touched His lips to the face of man and when His holy breath entered the dirt figurines, living souls with His Spirit, His divine image, were created (John 1:3). Living souls are immaterial, invisible, active, intelligent, free, immortal, and, when first created, endowed with a high degree of divine knowledge, and with holiness and righteousness, according to Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10. By this intimate act, we were connected to God in a way that no other created thing was or has been connected. God’s breath was a seal and a pledge for fellowship with Him.
So it was, from the very beginning, that God desired for His creation that bears His image, to know and to love Him. And yet, our essence – the divine likeness was shattered by sin; and it is only through Christ, the brightness of the glory of God and the true expression of His image (Hebrews 1:3), that our nature is transformed into the image of God again. Christ, truly is the A and the Z, the beginning and the end; the covenant itself, all its blessings and promises are in Him; He is the sum and substance of the Scriptures, both the law and the gospel and He is in the first verse of Genesis, as well as the last verse of Revelation (Revelation 1:8). Man is truly blessed.
Thank you, Father for Christ, who not only gave us the breath of life, but also came to transform us back into Your likeness. Teach us, as with an unveiled face, to behold Your glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Help us to long for You; to hunger and thirst for Your righteousness (Matthew 5:6); to abide in Your word (John 8:31-32; 1 Peter 1:22-23; James 1:18); to obey it and to teach it to our children (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). Amen.
- Thanking God for reaching out to mankind in very personal and intimate ways.
- Help us to reach out to other Clay men so that God will bring them to life..
- Teach us to desire transformation in every aspect of our life.
- For children to know that God will remove their sins as far as the east is from to the west and make them into a new creation.
- Pray for the kitchen staff who serve so faithfully. Pray that God would bless them exceedingly with His presence. Pray that God would take every sweet morsel prepared and make it as manna from heaven sent to nourish and grow His people for kingdom work.
This blog was taken from a prayer journal written and designed for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at The Bible Chapel in Washington PA