This upcoming Sunday, Sept. 27, RSBC will launch a sermon series that will carry us through humanity's origins in Genesis 1-5. While studying on the themes and purposes of Genesis I came across this humbling and happiness-inducing quote from Warren Wiersbe:
"Genesis’ purpose is to explain the beginnings of man and his sin and Israel and God’s plan of salvation. In fact, one of the key themes in Genesis is divine election.
We begin with “the heavens and the earth,” but then God chooses to deal with the earth, not the heavens; the theme from then on is God’s program on earth. Having chosen earth, God now bypasses the angels and elects to deal with man. From Adam’s many sons, God chooses Set. Of Seth’s descendants, God chooses Noah, and from Noah’s family, He chooses Shem, Terah, and Abraham. Abraham has many children, but Issac is the chosen seed. Isaac has two sons, Jacob and Esau, and God chooses Jacob to be the recipient of His blessing
All of this reveals God’s gracious divine election. Not one of those people chosen deserved the honor; as is true for all believers, their election resulted fully from God’s grace. Along with the electing grace of God, Genesis illustrates the wonderful power and providence of God. Men would disobey and doubt Him, yet He would rule and overrule to accomplish His purposes. Had His program failed in Genesis, there could have been no Messiah born in Bethlehem centuries later." (Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament, 1993, p.17-18)
I repeat: This is both humbling and happiness-inducing. Scripture's one true God exercises wisdom and grace toward the conjoined goals of infusing His people with gladness and displaying His awe-inducing glory. None can thwart His plans. Nothing is fumbled by His careful hands or missed by His constant eye.
Be humble. Be happy. Behold your God.