• Joshua D McVey


“In the beginning God created . . .” What a way for a story to begin. That’s what Genesis is, a story. More specifically, poetry.

It’s an orchestra with many parts all conducted in balance, complimenting the whole. Read in the original Hebrew (that’s the language the Old Testament was written in), the books of the Old Testament are poetry drenched in meaning.

Beginning in Genesis.

What I write here is taken from Rob Bell’s lecture on Everything Spiritual. (Let’s be sure to give credit where it is due.)

God creates.

God Speaks creation into existence.

God’s Spirit hovers.

Illustrating God is creator, God is the Word, and God is the Spirit. He is depicted as these three things, and still one God. This has a lot to do with our theology of the Trinity, three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also foreshadows to John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” Jesus is the Word, and he has been with God, and is God from the beginning.

Moving through the creation account, the environment was created first then filled with its inhabitants. The first three days God separates and the second three days God fills. The measurement of time, sun, moon, and stars, didn’t come until day four, so how do we know the first three days were days? As Rob Bell says, this is fascinating. Keep in mind it’s poetry.

A deeper pattern to the poem is the repetition and its significance. In the original Hebrew the first verse in the Bible has seven words. The second verse four-teen words (7X2=14). The word earth occurs twenty-one times. The phrase ‘It was so’ occurs seven times. The phrase ‘. . . and God saw . . .’ occurs seven times. That is only a few examples, Rob Bell goes into greater detail of more examples in his lecture “Everything Spiritual”.

As children, we thought, or I thought the Bible was about memorizing scripture. Knowing the ten commandments was foundational and memorizing the Roman road to avoid hell was essential.

The greatest gift I received from Bible College was the love of scripture. I found a rich soil of language that was producing more than laws, rules, history, and practices. It was producing life. Within the first few verses of Genesis alone, we can see the writer had help. His work is divine. The account of creation is only the face, the intricacy and dance within the language is a divine introduction to God. The writer is given the task to put God and creation into words, He (God) breathes life into them and makes them dance, but it’s only a brush stroke of the glory that is our creator.

When I speak of God, I try to speak in a way that meets you where you are. He isn’t some far off power, or the escape hatch from punishment. He isn’t superstition. He isn’t a t-shirt or a slogan to post on your car or status update. God is life. The very air you and I breath contains his presence.

We worry too much about who attends church, who is saved, or lost. Jesus released the Kingdom of Heaven on earth through you and I. We are not the ‘saved’ and ‘lost’, I believe it’s the difference between the ‘living’ and the ‘dead’.

Today, right now, are you alive and living (Bearing fruit), or are you ‘dead’? God is all around us, in everything, through everything. Are you tapped into Jesus’ teaching and living, or have you chosen ‘death’? Death is chosen every day by our decisions: vengeance, jealousy, hate, . . . the list goes on and on. They lead to death.

But the fruit of the Spirit are: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control.”

May you produce fruit

May you advance the Kingdom of Heaven by speaking life

May you make every decision count

May we be a community of creativity that brings life in new ways


n His service and yours,


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