Genesis Revelations

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OCTOBER THEME: Making Masterpieces: Genesis Revelations

Genesis Revelations Excerpt from the Prologue of When Heaven & Earth Embrace: Devotions for the Making of a Masterpiece, by Kathryn Ross

             The curtain rises.        

            The Divine Director speaks, “PLACES!”

            The drama begins.

It begins at the beginning…

            In the beginning . . . God created the great stage of the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty.  Darkness covered it.

            The Divine Director speaks, “LIGHTS!” 

            And, there is electromagnetic energy radiating in different wavelengths, reflecting upon the firmament, the seas, and the dry land creating a world of color and distinction! “Let there be light!” an intelligent Creator God says. 

George MacDonald, creation, Genesis 1

          

            The Divine Director speaks, “CUE THE SET!”

            Upon the earth God creates a set design of detail, practical function, and overall beauty.  Bursting forth upon the stage is “every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant, and fruit trees with seeds inside the fruit, so that these seeds will produce the kinds of plants and fruits they came from.” Genesis 1:11-12 The Living Bible

 The Divine Director speaks, “CUE THE SUPPORTING CAST!”

            The waters pulse alive with sea creatures . . .

            The skies whoosh a’flutter with birds of all kinds – filling the fly space . . .

            The dry land births forth every kind of beast and wild creature . . . cattle and reptiles . . . and creeping things . . .

 The Divine Director nods with a smile, “It is good . . . exactly what I mean . . .”

            All creative expression communicates something of who created it . . . what he thinks . . . why he exists.  As Creator, God expressed a facet of Himself in every detail of Creation. Life, nature, and physics were intelligently and practically designed by a God of thought, reason, purpose, and beauty.  All Creation is a creative expression of the Person of the Almighty God Who created it!

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  The Divine Director speaks, “LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR OWN IMAGE!”

            “So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;

            male and female He created them . . . And the Lord God formed man of the dust

            of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became

            a living being.”       

Genesis 1:27  2:7                       

            When asked, “What is the predominant virtue of God?” Christians are quick to answer, “God is love.” 

            This is true. 

            Love is most assuredly a divine virtue of God. The ability and desire to love and to be loved is at the very heart of the Person of God. The ability and desire to love and to be loved is at the very heart of the person of man – created in the image of God.

            However, though a bedrock and justly celebrated virtue of God, God’s love is not our first glimpse of God’s character in Genesis 1.  The very first virtue of the Person of God that is revealed to us through His Word in Genesis 1 is that God is – A Creative God. 

            And, it is good.

           

            From Genesis to Revelation the Bible expands upon His greatness, stirring awe and wonder at His creative design for man, space, and time. The entire six days of creation involve God’s creation of the elemental principles of art: light, color, line, form, space, texture, and pattern. Every artistic creation involves the use of these elements in the making of a masterpiece.

            After marveling at His awesome creative virtues in the act of Creation, God stuns us with His most sublime work when He lays the foundation for the character and person of mankind: That man is created in the image and likeness of a Creative God! 

            In light of this, what can we conclude to be a dominant characteristic in every person given grace in this life on earth? Quite simply, that if we are created in the image and likeness of a Creative God, we must, therefore, inherently be creative – endowed with the ability to be a maker of masterpieces like our Abba Father – the Master-Maker of Masterpieces!

 

            Consider, the trend set thus far in Creation. Nine times God reiterates that He created living creatures to create “according to their own kind.” 

“And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind . . . So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind . . . bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind . . . And God made the beasts of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kindand everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind.”

Genesis 1:11-12 The Living Bible

            “According to its kind” is understood to mean that whatever is created of the grass seed, will be just like the grass seed from which it was created. Whatever is created from the fruit tree with its “seed in itself,” is going to be just like the fruit tree from which it was created. And so on, and so forth, with the sea creatures, birds, cattle, beasts, creeping things, ad infinitum. 

            What a comfort this simple truth was to me when I first heard it as a little girl! Receiving it as a little child in faith, I had no need to worry when my cat gave birth. There would be no doubt in my little mind that my cat would surely have a litter of little cats. 

cats, kittens

When my cat went into labor, it never occurred to me to expect dogs or rabbits or lizards or fish, or worse – spiders!  Each re-created according to its own kind – with variations within its own kind.

            This is not considered rational thinking by evolutionary theorists – those worldly wise types commanding contemporary school curriculum these days. No matter, I saw my cat give birth to kittens, and it was good.  

             It was great!

            What hope is mine to know that I carry within myself the image and likeness of my Heavenly Father – created for good things! Great things! To believe otherwise, the mind would have to accept that man and cockroach are one, and life is nothing more than a simple roll of the dice:

            We are a Masterpiece of much greater worth!

            With a forever grateful heart, I note in Genesis 2 that God did not merely speak man into existence, as He did with the rest of Creation. Making the masterpiece of the human being was a precious and reverent thing. God literally “forms” man out of the dust of the earth in His own image – according to His own kind. The recipe of inherited qualities found in man, that decisively separates him from the rest of creation, includes the fact that man will create because he was made in the image and likeness – according to His own kind – of a Creative God.

            In his inspired book, Beginnings, A Portrayal of Creation, Spencer Marsh explores this concept further:

            “After watching God create for six days we could reasonably conclude that

            He is creative.  Being in His image would therefore mean that we also share

            this attribute.  Young children demonstrate most vividly an inherent creative

            capacity.  And then they encounter television and a static, colorless educational

            system.  What remains of the creative gift after these cannot be safely predicted. 

                                 Animals are not creative – rather, they are instinctive. 

            For this reason, the beaver dams, bird nests, and ant hills of the 1980’s are no

            different from those of the 1580’s.  But, as humans we can create entirely

            new models.  We can take the raw materials given to us by God and arrange

            them in a pattern that bears the stamp of an individual creative mind. 

            Taking words, colors, clay, musical notes, bricks, or marble, a man or woman

            may shape something that has never been.  We find such activity “fulfilling.”

            Why?  Because we are living up to the image of God woven deep in our

            innermost being.”

 

               Wow! What reverent worship it is when we “live up to the image of God woven deep in our innermost being!”  To honor God through the creative gifts He has instilled in us from Creation, is a place of worship that is often overlooked, and in some circles, rebuked as frivolity and worldliness – if not outright heresy!

             Edith Schaeffer, in her book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking, speaks to such a notion:

            “Man was created that he might create. It is not a waste of man’s time to

            be creative.  It is not a waste to pursue artistic pursuits in creativity because

            this is what man was made to be able to do . . . because . . . we are created in the

            likeness of the Creator.  We are created in the image of the Creator.”

            The Genesis Revelation calls us to walk in the image of the God who created us. We are set free to accept the fullness of God’s unique call and destiny for who we are designed to be. This included the joy it is to express creatively the value and beauty of a resurrected-in-Christ life, actively pursuing a life DEVOTED to “living up” to His image in us. 

Sources:

Beginnings, A Portrayal of the Creation, by Heinz Seelig and Spencer Marsh, 1981, Multnomah Press

The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer, 1971. Published by Tyndale House

Next Week – What does the Creative Process toward Making Masterpieces entail?

Challenge: Make time to stop, and appreciate the Masterpiece of the Lord in your life. Your rushing, crushing, crisis-prone world needs the respite. God has something to minister to you in the beauty of artistic creation – the life He is crafting in you . . .

If you humble yourself with a heart of gratitude and meet Him there . . .

With eyes to see and ears to hear . . .

And arms open wide for His embrace.

This is the 3rd installment of Word & Image October 2014: Making Masterpieces: Genesis Revelations

Click below for all the posts in the series as they are published:

Making Masterpieces: Patience in the Paint

Making Masterpieces: Spinning Fear & Pain into Gold

Making Masterpieces: Genesis Revelations

Making Masterpieces: The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales

NEXT WEEK – Making Masterpieces: The Creative Process

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Sharing Making Masterpieces: Genesis Revelations this week with:

Judith at Whole Hearted Wednesdays

 Tell His Story with Jennifer Dukes Lee

A Little R&R Wednesdays

 Lyli at Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3D Lessons 4Life

Hope in Every Season Homemaking Party

 Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women

 Essential Things Friday Devotions

 Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

 Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

My Fresh Brewed Life with Barbie – Weekend Brew

Janis with Sunday Stillness

 

 

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. Hi Kathryn, I’m stopping by from Essential Fridays Link Up. Revelation is one of my favorite books of the bible. So much here to study. It can take a lifetime to learn. Nice to meet you.

  2. Hi Kathryn,
    Stopping over from The Weekend Brew. I’m leaving this with a greater sense of my creativity. Thank you!

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