Scriptural readings: Genesis 2:4-6; 8-9
How influential is the news today? Does it help most of the time? Why do we pay attention to these reports, which often leave feelings of either pleasure or disgust? Why are we interested in these things?
Satisfaction and sanctification?
Is it a necessity to be satisfied? Is happiness or fulfillment a feeling or a condition in our way of life? If so, sanctification is another thing that sometimes restricts our earthly enjoyment. Is this right? For this reason, we have trouble prioritizing satisfaction or purification. Correct? This procedure has become a burden for us, adding to the original issue of what is essential, pleasure or consecration.
King James Version
This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil.
Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land.
God created the entirety of perfection. There is an order. And because sin entered the picture, today’s conditions are very different. Our faults make it difficult to live in an ideal world. Yet, our heavenly Father continues to clothe the field. He made sure birds ate without working. And what concerns us? We lead a sinful lifestyle and have a self-centered, oriented life.
Why the mist or the fog? Verse 5 tells us God intended not for the plants to grow until someone has to take care of them. The man had to till the ground. The phrase “till” in Hebrew is “abad” a primitive root; to work; by implication to serve, till (Causatively) enslave. Now, in verse 6, the mist rose. It sprinkled, affecting the entire face of the ground. The term “watered” in Hebrew is “shaqah” a basic root; to quaff, i.e. (causatively) to irrigate. It is in the Hiphil preterite form, meaning in the past the irrigation was done.
In the past, the plants were irrigated by God. If we join the dots, when our original parents sinned, there was a procedure accomplished outside the garden. A continuing order was established. When they were taken out, they had to adapt to their new environment. They have to survive and plow the ground, and the rest is history.
King James Version
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
New Living Translation
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.
The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The Place we live in.
The mist? The trees? Do these make sense? They do! They are part of God’s plan and blessing. Aside from what God created first, He gave this unique location, the garden. Now, we have two places to enjoy. Then, came the sad day. We were ordered to leave the special place that our Father had provided. Our actions were forced upon us, and we were sent back to the outside with the consequences.
And Now the News….
It may sound like awful stories, but carrying the great message we knew and rejected. Since our first parents disobeyed our Father, we were in the irreversible position of spiritual death. Our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord saved us. It is the gospel of the Son of the Almighty living God we call the Good News. The only remedy is restoring things to their original purpose.
There is no doubt our Father loves us so much. From the beginning, He designed everything, including our redemption. Salvation. It is the other news that gets rejected the most. We want a righteous world, and it can only start by accepting Jesus, the Son of the Living God, as our Lord and Savior.
Now, those facts are stated. The gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the only good news that makes it matter. God had restored our relationship with Him through His Son. Despite the terrible reports that continue to plague us, we can face them with a different mindset this time. Satisfaction and sanctification are defined. It made it easier to handle happiness and consecration.