2 Timothy 2:2 – Hear, Entrust, Teach, Multiply!
Right now, stop what you are doing. Go outside and look around. Think about the territory where you live, work, or play as a garden. You were placed, by God, in that garden.
Read Genesis 1 out loud. Don’t worry about someone hearing you. Reading the Bible out loud with has the power to change the people in your garden.
Before anything material existed, there was God. Our Creator is orderly. Made in His image, we are designed to seek order, to make sense of the world around us.
Genesis 1 is an ordered account of what God did during the first 7 seven days of history. It is essential to recognize that Genesis 1:2 presents the world as an empty and chaotic place. There was no light. In Genesis 1:3, God speaks light into the darkness. From that moment onward to this very day, God is working to bring order to His world.
The Bible explains that during the first three days of Creation, God created spaces that He filled over the last three days. What was created during days 4-6 cannot exist without what was made during days 1-3.
When reading the Bible, we are often in such a hurry to get finished that we miss important details that lead to understanding.
Here is an example. Six times in Genesis 1, we read, “there was evening, and there was morning.” Every day this statement was made; the dark preceded the light. The first hearers of the Bible understood that the beginning of each 24-hour day occurred in the evening at sunset.
At the end of each of the first five days of Creation, God saw that what He had done “was good.” His crowning creative work was completed on the sixth day. On that day, He filled the land with animals and created the first humans. At the end of that day, God looked at all that He had done and declared it all “very good.”
The Hebrew title of the Bible’s first book is “Bereshit.” It means “beginnings.”
Read Genesis 2 now. Remember, read it out loud so others can hear. Even if no one is around, listen to the words you are saying. Faith comes by hearing!
The first two chapters of Genesis reveal a perfect world no one has experienced today. Start a conversation with others about the first instructions given to mankind by God.
Accountability is something we all need, but few of us desire. Real accountability is when one person helps another to follow through on implementing a vital decision. One simple statement of “I will…” made to a trustworthy individual activates accountability.