It Began With Water
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 (ESV)
For a great many of us the first two verses of the Bible are absolute. They are a satisfying and useful account of the origin of the earth and the heavens. When we look at Romans 1:20, “For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” we understand the power of a great Creator better than most learned and scholarly men which, by the way, are without excuse. They make me wonder if they can envision the awesomeness of YHVH hovering over the face of deep waters, let alone the deep spiritual meaning of water when it is discussed in Kingdom terms.
Let’s look at 2Peter 3:5-6…“For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.” It wasn’t unusual for New Testament writers (or Jesus for that matter) to use Old Testament history to make a point. Peter goes way back to Genesis to tell his readers that the false teachers of his day are forgetting the beginning…deliberately. I like how John MacArthur puts it. He wrote, “As a result of their self-induced blindness, the false teachers discounted two monumental events in history…”
The first one that was missed then and still is now is the earth was divinely formed out of the water. It’s the third day and God say’s “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” I guess that sounds too absolute for people and in Peter’s times using the phrase “existed long ago” didn’t mean the billions of years we’ve tacked on to it. It might have been then, like it is today, that if we make the absolutes of God sound too far-fetched to be then we can make being held accountable to Him just as far-fetched. And for an example of that we can reference Genesis 3:1b, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
The second one that was missed then and has some trying to re-write the event is The Flood. Now in Peter’s time water was something Rome had a major say in after all they built aqueducts to provide water. But as time has gone by, the story has eroded (just as water does to land) and now some think they have a better idea of “A” flood story that is shared by many cultures. It’s not “THE” flood story but some think it was isolated to one part of the world and it was caused by a giant ice cube left over from one of the many “Ice Ages” we’ve been through. Uh…yeah.
For me Jesus is clear when He says all whoever believes in Him shall never thirst. He knew it all begins with water. It is a fact that we need it to live in the physical sense so why deny that we need it in our spiritual sense as well? Even in the sense of refining gold to remove dross, the idea is to have a pure fluid is there. How many of us want to drink dirty water? In reality no-one does and even science has proved that dirty water does us no good, so why deny the absolutes that make up the Christian life? Sadly for some of us it is because we’ve turned them into burdens that are heavy but if we are drinking the water that Jesus provides, we could understand that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. So drink up and be refreshed, Amen?
Quote of the day: “The false teachers of Peter’s time refused to view world history properly. Due to their self-centered hedonism, they provide a classic example of willful ignorance. Like today’s revisionist historians, the false teachers deliberately denied both the creation story and the Flood—the two catastrophic events that easily disprove their uniformitarian views.”—John MacArthur
Verse to Memorize: “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or the left; turn away your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:26-27 ESV