Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”–Genesis 1:19

We have come, again, to another of what I call “skip over verses”. When we read these, we tend to give them only the briefest notice because they seem to have no meaning or value. We often see this attitude whenever we read the Biblical genealogies; upon seeing the word “begat”, people tend to cringe. Yet all of these verses, no matter how insignificant they seem to us, are an important part of God’s Word. So, you might ask, what is the significance of this verse? This verse is important because it shows us both an ending and a beginning.

The obvious ending—and one of the reasons it’s value seems lessened—is it tells us the fourth day is completed. God completed three days of creation before this, so it is just following a pattern…right? Wrong. The end of this particular day means that God has finished preparing the world to support life. He has provided the food, light, guidance, and protection the living will need to survive. With all of these things set in place, it is the beginning of our world as God intended for it to be.

Every day God gives us is important, whether it is our first day of life, or our thirty-five thousand, two hundred and sixty-second day of life. (This is not a random number. It is the number of days my grandmother lived, and on that last day, she finally got to see her Savior face to face.) Each day is given to us by God, so no matter what it brings, we need to treasure it.

If you are lost, today is your fourth day. Everything has been prepared; even the price for your sins has been paid. All you need to do is confess your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and accept Jesus as your savior. Only then will you see the life that awaits you.

Genealogy

Genealogy

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations. And from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.”–Matthew 1:1, 17

There is a growing interest in genealogy. For some, it justifies their station in life—as if being descended from a Mayflower passenger makes a person important. For others, it is the genuine curiosity to discover more about their past. Some people search for ancestors to find out where their families originally came from. There are even those who search the past hoping for a hero sporting the family name. Regardless of the reason, genealogy has become a big business. I have even done some digging myself.

I had a cousin who enjoyed exploring family histories. She had collected information on our mutual grandparents (our mothers are sisters,) as well as her grandparents on her father’s side. Among our family’s past, she found several interesting characters. One ancestor tried to kill his wife by beating her and leaving her face down on the riverbank; she survived while he went to prison. Another shared family member was in love with a boy, but her father wouldn’t let them be together. The young lovers committed suicide a week apart. Sounds like someone read too much Romeo and Juliet, but Deb and I actually found their graves. They are side by side.

While sifting through my dad’s lineage, I found information claiming we were related to George Washington on his mother’s side. Unfortunately, there are some questions to the validity of this claim. Following this same line back—if I haven’t mistakenly taken a wrong path—there is a link to Sir William Wallace, the Defender of Scotland, through his daughter. While there are a lot of “ifs” in this path, there is always the possibility. Whether I discover the truth or not doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things; I have enjoyed the search.

Genealogy is an important part of the Bible. It holds the lineage of kings and shepherds. We read of those who lived exemplary lives, and those who didn’t. In Ezra, and again in Nehemiah, genealogy determines members of the priesthood. (Ezra 2: 61, 62 and Nehemiah 7: 63, 64.) In the book of Matthew, chapter 1, verses 2-17, gives us the genealogy of Jesus through Joseph. Luke 3: 23-38 gives us his genealogy through Mary, his mother.

Remember, you determine your future. Who your ancestors are and where they come from will not guarantee your salvation. Salvation comes through your Heavenly Father and His only begotten Son.

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”–Ephesians 2:19.