Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lent: Breath

For those who pay attention to such things, there's a transcendent quality to the creation account in Genesis 1. The world doesn't form from the conflict of elemental forces, but by the authority of a Creator who speaks it into being. Let there be light. Let there be a firmament. Let there be dry land. Let there be people.

I love the account in Genesis 2. In a sharply contrasting view, we see God getting his hands dirty as he digs in the mud and plants trees. He scoops up the earth, and gets dirt under his fingernails. He carefully sculpts man from the earth, and breathes the breath of life into him; and gives him life.

Elihua declares in the book of Job: "The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life."

Whatever our background, whatever our age. whatever our nationality or religion, these words are true for all who draw the breath of life. May God be with all who do so, and may he demand an accounting from any who disregard the value of the life he has breathed into others.

Copyright © 2017 by David Learn. Used with permission.

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