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The Pattern of Redemption in the Beginning of Creation
In the beginning, God set up a distinct pattern...a mode of operation that is perpetual in the earth. In order to find this pattern, we need observe a few things. First, God created 3 primary things in the beginning: the earth, the animals, and man. My focus will be on the earth and the pattern initiated in its creation.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God created. He didn’t form, He created. The difference here is in the definition. To create something is to originate it. It is to bring it into existence or form it from nothing. To create is synonymous with production, imagination, visualization, design and invention. It requires a great deal of thought.
On the other hand, to simply form involves a general structure; a mold. It is also defined as to shape, to train and to constitute. It is synonymous with a cast, something contour, a broad outline, a skeleton, a silhouette and framework. The reference is to something sculptured. This is the distinct difference in how the earth was created. It was not meant to be molded or shaped more than once, or on a continual basis. It was designed specifically with us in mind. No redrafts. No revisions. It was perfect. Then darkness came.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Lucifer had already fallen to the earth between the time of its inception and creation by God, and the time that the perfect reflection of God was created. We were perfect reflections of God...of His glory. However, the earth was already marred by Satan’s presence.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
God created perfection and allowed it to be marred. Why? It is a necessity, because both positive and negative energy are necessary for the existence of each other. If there are all level plains, then there are no mountains to climb or no horizons to strive for because all exist on one plane and it’s too easy. It’s like playing a video game at level one all the time. There’s no challenge, and this results in atrophy. There must be a struggle to overcome in order for God’s glory to be seen and fully recognized.
Revelations 12:7-12 clearly shows that the war referred to was past tense. It already happened. And God is sovereign. It’s not like He didn’t know Satan was going to make this move. It’s not like this was a surprise to Him.
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Part Of The Plan
God created this earth in light...in His light. It was not the light of the sun but God’s sustaining light. Then it became void....it became enveloped in a negative state void of life. The reason is because Satan had already been kicked to the curb; out of the heavens. God allowed him to fall into His perfected earth.
This fall, this state of no life in the earth was all part of the plan. It’s not like this was out of God’s control. It’s not like God didn’t see where Satan was falling to. If God didn’t want Satan to fall on His perfected earth, He would have prevented him from landing here.
Again, Rev.12 demonstrates this in verses 10-12, when the loud voice speaks: “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ.” The very next two verses speaks of the brethren: For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
This was certainly no reference to angels, because we are the ones who overcome by the blood of the lamb. In addition, the word “Now” in the beginning of that set of verses indicates a form of finality. It’s almost like God was waiting on Satan, rather impatiently, to make this move so that His plan could be fulfilled. That “Now” has a feel of “Finally!” It’s like, “Finally, salvation, and power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of Christ has come!”
This was all planned action, so that we could overcome by the blood of the lamb. If Satan had not fallen to earth, what would be the cause to send Christ? This fall of Satan’s is what could technically be referred to as a necessary evil. Without it, we would have no need for Christ, and therefore be unable to see God’s glory through His redemptive power. We would be unable to see how much God loves us.
Then suddenly the Spirit moves. It’s like the Spirit was given the go-ahead to move...as if from a holding or waiting pattern. Remember, everything is ordered. Our steps are already known. Our path is already set. As soon as the Spirit starts to move, then God starts infusing light into the situation.
Gen 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
This light was Christ’s arrival into the scene. This was not the sun. The sun was spoken into existence at a later time.
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also.
In this case, (above) it was like God was furnishing the details, but the major event had already happened. We don’t see the Spirit move before each detail of the finalization of the creation of the heavens and the earth. We only see the Spirit move in that one timeframe. Typically in scripture, we only see reference to the Spirit moving when the circumstance is holy and/or ordained of God. The advent of Christ into the world was most certainly such an occasion.
Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
Here, God makes a clear cut distinction for all to see. He separates light from darkness. He also demonstrates in this whole process, that without darkness, we can’t see light. If we could have recognized light in and of itself, God would not have had any need for darkness to enter the earth. If we could have sought light...sought out God without darkness, it would not be here. No. It is necessary, so that God’s plan and pattern on the earth could be established.
We already discussed the plan, but the pattern is also evident.
- God creates in light
- Darkness comes
- The Spirit moves
- God re-infuses light into the situation; restores
The first restoration here is the arrival of Christ, but God doesn’t stop there.
Gen 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
God takes a barren plain, and waters it with mist. He plants seed bearing plants...light that will replicate itself and can be fed upon. He plants into this barren, void earth some seed, and that seed of light has to grow up to the light, and the more it grows up to the light, the more well rooted the plant is. This is a principle He established here...long before He created man to demonstrate it.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
But just as He planted seeds of light in darkness on the earth...the same pattern is used in planting the seed of light...the spirit of God in the reflective beings He created. God put fruit bearing trees in the garden, and this included man.
The yielding here, refers to producing and/or birthing. When God plants seed, it will birth into fruit in some way. Here in the beginning, God planted seed in the earth as well as in us. Everything has been infused with God’s light. In every way God planted seeds of light. The plants He placed here process light through photosynthesis. He gave us light to feed on both literally and figuratively. God scattered His seed in us and in the earth, despite the imperfection that existed there. All of this was a re-infusion of light and completes His perfected pattern on the earth and in us as His children. All we have to do is search for the light of God within ourselves, so that we can unleash it for God’s purposes in the world...so it can shine.