November 18, 2023
Good morning, and I hope you had a great week! Today, I want to try something different.
Most people start a new book by reading the last page, but this story is about us. Remembering the ending is exactly what we need today.
These weekly emails are like appetizers that hopefully raise more questions than answers. We must question everything to know the truth. And to see the truth, we need special sight.
Designed to See Good
Scripture is often symbolic, and Jesus also used parables to explain the Kingdom of Heaven. We can’t see God’s invisible realm, so God appointed a reflection of it in His creation. Creation teaches us discernment between good vs. evil (wisdom and life vs. foolish destruction) and right vs. wrong (choice).
Wisdom is the key to making the right life choices, not the other way around.
I don’t want to over-emphasize discernment, but we have longed to see God and His goodness for generations. The psalmist David expressed this hope:
“I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.” – Psalm 27:13
David also spoke of a generation that would see and declare what God has done.
“This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From Heaven, the Lord viewed the Earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem, when the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
– Psalm 102:18-22
I believe that generation is us, and here’s the most fantastic news: we can see like never before.
In National Treasure, actor Nicholas Cage finds Benjamin Franklin’s multi-lensed glasses. These glasses help him to see a hidden map on the back of an ancient document. Watch the clip here.
Discernment is like Benjamin Franklin’s glasses in the movie. God created this special vision for a beautifully awesome purpose – To see God and live!
God’s Word is True Now
The Genesis Study takes us back to the beginning using Scriptural, Scientific, Archeological, Genetic, and Linguistic “testimonies.” Uncovering the truth is hard and necessary work, but I have more good news:
We can fast-forward to the end to see what God says happens!
God wisely divided good (life) and evil (death) by discernment (Genesis 1:4). Like oil and water, the two will only live together for a predetermined time. God ordained this separation for Death, the Devil and his demons, and Darkness and chose us for Himself from the beginning.
In Genesis 1, the division is described with the Hebrew phrase badal beyn:
- Badal (to divide, separate to oneself, to exclude).
- Beyn (to discern, perceive, understand, make a distinction, teach, instruct).
(Our study will show evidence that God is the Dividing Wall, Chasm, and the Door).
Death is Defeated!
Jesus paid (not dismissed) sin’s penalty for all because GOD IS GOOD. We still have the right to reject Jesus’ sacrifice, but there is no longer an altar for sacrifices (Hebrews 10:23,26). As in Elijah’s story, God’s wrath against sin consumed the offering and the altar. It is finished.
Jesus’ resurrection defeated Death, the doorkeeper.
(We will learn how God took every sin and disease upon Himself through generations of divisions).
Satan is Judged!
At Pentecost, God’s Spirit came to live in us as evidence that Satan is judged (John 16:7-13). When Jesus returned to sit at the right hand of God as Lord over all the living, He cast down our only Accuser. Then, Jesus sent us His Spirit as proof that Satan’s rule over the human family was over!
Darkness is Dispelled!
Now, we wait for the final act of separation. God will roll back the Heavens to reveal His Light that will vanquish the Darkness forever.
“But those who can discern will shine like the brightness of heaven’s dome, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3
There will be no more darkness in God’s kingdom and yet, we will shine like the stars. That is a whole new level of brightness!
(We will see evidence of the Light that was our beginning and our Salvation).
We Can See God
Yes, discernment helps us see and choose the right path in life or the right to live to ourselves. Its truest, most beautiful purpose, however, is to see our True and Faithful God!
Our God was always with us, working, fighting, and winning, and we have lived to see His goodness in the land of the living! We can now boldly enter His throne room of grace as His sons and daughters.
I have decided I want the discernment to see God, tell His incredible story, and be a part of what He is yet to do.