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Learning Curve… Beginnings…

Awakening Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.

Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. [Genesis 2:1-7]

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There’s this question that keeps coming to me…

“What did Adam know?”

I mean, think about it for a moment. All our preaching/teaching/debate regarding “culture”, “worldview”, the “fallen world”… all that…

A friend spoke to me the other evening about a sermon they heard about Adam at the Creation. He spoke of Adam’s great intellectual endowments and prowess. How magnificent must God’s First Perfect Created Man have been! True… all true…

But I had to respond with a question the Lord has buzzed in me for a long time… “What did he know, in that first instant?”

This all truly has a point which will develop over the next few days, but before that I’d ask that you spend a few moments building the foundation of this discussion and

Imagine… God fashions Adam from the dust of this (new) material universe… God “breathes spirit” into him… Eyes open and here, for the very first time… very first moment in all of history there is…

Human… consciousness…

But… there is nothing else! Adam opens his eyes and sees… the Face of God.

Adam knows nothing about God. No memory. No “intrauterine” memories or sensory stimuli. No parents, no culture, no nursing and nurturing… not even language.

Adam… is the ultimate tabula rasa, the blank slate. God now must grave onto and into Adam all the knowledge, the learning, Adam needs to live fully as a human…

Before anything else happens in the Garden, before there is even speech, just consider this question, “What did Adam… what COULD Adam… know in those first moments when he opened his eyes?”

Until tomorrow…. Grace to thee… The Little Monk

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Quiet Time, Sermon Seeds, Uncategorized

 

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Journey — Seeing in New Ways

Desert CaravanToday, in our journey… it has been an unusual day. I don’t think I’ll be “letting go” of anything, particularly. But have you ever been somewhere that you are just stunned by the beauty of it all? The desert isn’t usually considered beautiful, but it can be.

So, this isn’t really “teaching” or “challenge” or anything like that. This… this evening… is just “sharing”. I just have to affirm something, that may or may not make sense, but I just put it out there because it needs to be witnessed.

Tell you something really strange, Gentle Reader. I can’t even find a Scripture that echoes this. It’s rather that ALL of Scripture echoes this. But anyway… starting a couple weeks ago, I started to be struck by the simple BEAUTY of God. When I start to pray, and there’s words, the words just sort of dwindle away into silence… and there’s just Him… and He’s just… beautiful… and there’s nowhere else to go and nothing else to do.

This may be connected to the “new vision” stuff, and that would be fine. But if so, it’s Him, not me… but, I almost feel silly to say… the “great insight” of today, simply is… “the Beauty of God”, and nothing deep or impressive to say theologically about that.

Lol. *blush* That’s it. It’s been like that now for many days, and prayer works and goes on, yes. There are those who are growing, and those who are ill, and those who have family issues, and those who are off doing incredible mission things for Kingdom… and all those are in my prayer. But, unbidden, at unexpected moments… we can hear this gentle whisper of the Father beckoning us to Him, and there He is, and He just smiles, and He… is… Beautiful.

Grace to thee, Gentle Reader. — The Little Monk

 
 

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