On Monday we traveled further into Genesis. Reaching chapter 28 we came to see through Jacob’s experiences that Genesis points us towards how God encounters humanity.
How He identifies Himself as Creator and gracious provider. How He chooses to act and guide humanity with the firm, but loving actions of a responsible parent. How God initiates real relationship; desires and invites participation, not ruling over a stage, strings or puppets.
We saw the constant invitation to be part of God’s life. Yet, witnessed the reoccurring [ontological] themes of deception, human self-will [the will to dominion], self-glorification, fear, people-pleasing, betrayal, the importance of community, the universal value of a family, and how that begins and is nurtured within the coming together in relationship of a man with woman; woman with man. This extends into a shared story of relationship as that is passed down to the men and women who follow them.
We read along, immersed in the stories of peoples lives. We moved with them as those stories became a historical testimony to God’s interaction with humanity from the very beginning of His creatures existence.
The overarching theme is God’s faithfulness in spite of humanities lean towards unfaithfulness.
‘But I call this to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.
(Lamentations, 3:21-24, ESV)
It’s in this place, to this place, from this place of understanding that we’re called into and commanded to go out from.
Dare to hope.
Dare to believe.
Dare to trust.
Dare to love.
Dare to say “yes” & say “no”.
Dare to pray.
Dare to be grateful.
Dare to speak truth in love.
Dare to forgive.
Dare to remember.
Dare to firmly grasp God’s hand when He lowers Himself to stretch His out to you.
Dare to make an effort.
Dare to be.
Dare to rest.
Dare to learn and understand.
Dare to humbly disagree.
Dare to thrive, not just survive.
Dare to see God’s love.
Notes: Video, image and arrangement is mine. Inspired by Jesus Culture, and with permission from our homeschoolers I used my iphone to record them playing and singing, Tom Lockely’s, ‘See His Love‘, during one of our ‘God, Life and the World around us’ morning lessons. As far as accompanying them, I’ve apparently trained myself out of a job. All I did here was add some lead, bass, keys and mixed it together.