Here are your passages for week one of Daystreamers. One passage – one thought – to propel you through your day – with God on your mind. A great way to begin or end your day! One woven Story – one amazing opportunity. We are trying to figure a way to get these to you and your device in audio form to make them more useful to you – we will keep you updated!
Genesis 1:1-3 The Light
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”
It is notable that God created light before He made the sun, moon, and stars. There is much to be learned from how God proceeded with the seven days of creation. Perhaps this is because God IS Light (1 John 1:5). Breathtaking! This is the Light we carry inside of our hearts by embracing Jesus.
Genesis 1:26-28 The Plan
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
The Us and the Our here comes from one of God’s names – Elohim. Not only does this teach us about the so-called “trinity” but it also gives us insight into the fact that there are greater things which transcend even the plan for humanity (humbling – yes?). Check out Ephesians 6:2. Really? It helps to know the there are bigger things going on.
Genesis 3:6-7 The Loss
“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.”
Here are the roots of one of the greatest questions of mankind: “why are things the way they are?” This excerpt defines the things which men and women crave. It also explains why sexual impurity is a pesky companion of humanity. In one selfish act (equally shared in by both Adam and Eve) death came into the world. And death reigns on earth – except – 1 Corinthians 15:21-22. Wow. We are in a tough spot without the faithful mercies of God.
Genesis 3:22-24 Tree of Life
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Did God do this to be mean? Why was access to the garden denied? Why was this so severe? How does this make you feel?
How will it end (Revelation 22:1-5)? You and I have been given renewed access to the tree of life!
Genesis 6:5-8 The Consequences
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”
This is a picture many people try as hard as we can to obscure. For if God truly did destroy the earth by water – how should be feel about His plan to Return (Revelation 1:12-16)? Hebrews 12:25-29 teaches us quite a bit about this. This explains why it is difficult to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Genesis 7:23 The Flood
“In this way He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark.”
I am sure it was hard to be Noah, his wife, their sons, and their daughters-in-law. What do you think was different about pre-flood and post-flood conditions? Hebrews 11:6,7 helps us to get a handle on Noah’s faith. What does it teach you about your faith? Perhaps this is why we can feel isolated or alone even when surrounded by billions of people.