DayBreaks for 7/29/16 – The Cost of the Fall

DayBreaks for 7/29/16 – The Cost of the Fall

From the DayBreaks archive, July 2006:

When we stop to contemplate the story of the fall in the early chapters of Genesis, we see humanity being affected by the fall and the creation itself being affected as it is cursed.  And, we naturally think of the cost of the fall on Christ – it was because of the fall that the cross was even necessary.

Perhaps, we minimize (I’m sure we do) the effect of the fall on God Himself.  Philip Yancey had something interesting to say about that in his book, Finding God in Unexpected Places, when he wrote: “Throughout the Old Testament, God seems to alternate between Spectator and Participant…The New Testament, though, shows the God who selflessly shared the dignity of causation by descending to become its Victim.  He who had the right to destroy the world – and had nearly done so once in Noah’s day – chose instead to love the world, at any cost.

“I sometimes wonder how hard it has been for God not to act in history.  How must it feel to see the glories of creation – the rain forests, the whales, the elephants – obliterated one by one?  How must it feel to see the Jews themselves nearly annihilated?  To lose a Son?  What is the cost of God’s self-restraint?

“I had always thought of the Fall in terms of its effect on us humans, namely the penalties outlined in Genesis 3. This time I was struck by its effect on God.  The Bible devotes only two chapters to the glories of original creation. All that follows describes the agonizing course of re-creation.”

Galen’s thoughts: What took God 6 days to create, merely by speaking, has now taken at least thousands of years to “re-create”.  And, as we can tell by looking around us, it’s got a long way to go before the glory of the original creation is again visible. The process of re-creation must be much more difficult (or seemingly so) than making the stuff originally.  At least, God thinks that the process of re-creation is worth the time and effort to make it happen – even if it takes thousands of years.  

But we find parallels in our human relationships, too.  A reputation can be destroyed in an instant by sinful actions or by gossip or slander, and it takes a long, long time for that reputation to be rebuilt and regained, if it ever can be fully restored.  It also appears that it is not God’s fault that re-creation, at least as far as it applies to us personally, takes so long.  We are quite pathetic when it comes to “straightening up” and “flying right” – we love our sin too much to give it up so easily and quickly.

The fall was tremendously costly to us.  It was costly to the original creation.  But it won’t prevent God’s ultimate completion of the re-creation of our souls and the glorious universe He made to begin with.

2 Peter 3:13 (NLT) – But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world where everyone is right with God.

PRAYER:  We confess, Lord, that we tend to think of ourselves far too often and not think nearly enough about what we do and how it affect you. We’re too selfish and small-minded to think outside of ourselves very often.  Thank You that You believe we are worth all the trouble of re-creating us, and that You will re-created a new heavens and new earth in which righteousness (and we) will dwell.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

From the DayBreaks archive, July 2006:

 

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