Understatement

Moses does a neat job in understatement in Genesis 1.  You could choose any aspect of creation to come up with astonishing fecundity of imagination but let’s just take the plants as an example, or more specifically the flowers of plants.

Here are some pictures I took this afternoon at Russborough House.  Well worth a visit by the way, and at this time of year you simply must visit the garden of Eden which is their Rhododendron Garden at the back of the house from which the following pictures have been taken.

So God says, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”

I guess He must have said a lot more also – I think Moses is given to understatement.  But I guess also where do you begin?Magnolia in the Rhododendron Garden at Russborough House

Well here’s a part of the conversation perhaps: “Let’s create a sheltered beauty that, when it appears, will reflect purity and innocence, fragility and perfection all at once.”

Voila! A magnolia (and a lot of other flowers also).

Elsewhere I have written about the amazing stored program that is a seed.  Flowers are part of that amazing idea that is reproduction.  I think God loves that idea a lot, he seems to have reserved some his most Red Rhododendronsbeautiful creations to carry it out.

So God says: “Lets create fire and invitation, embrace and sustenance all at once.” Voila! A rhododendron.

What kind of Mind was it that thought of bees?  They are beautiful in their own right and absolutely indispensable for the reproduction of many plants.  And what a way to do it!  They are looking for something else altogether when they come to a plant (nectar) and only take away the pollen by accident – designed accident that is.  Hence the invitation, embrace and sustenance in these flowers (and in lots of others).

And so we come to the crown of His creation.  For we have been created to appreciate these things.  Evolutionists and atheists would try, if they could, to rob us of that.

God did it all in 6 days and rested on the 7th knowing that from then on His physical creation would run itself.  This leaves Him free to rest and think about getting involved in the creation of each soul.  And relationship with them.  And the cost of that.

Communication

Grasping God’s Word Assignment 10-2

Scripture is not the only means of knowing what God is saying

From a Christian perspective, meaning and interpretation are ultimately grounded in all God’s communicative action in creation, in the Scriptures, and pre-eminently in Christ.  For those who know God, just having the bible on its own is not enough.  We also desire to know Him intimately in the Spirit.

The great thing about having the Scriptures is that, used correctly, they are not as subjective as our personal experience of Christ can be.  Reading and understanding what the Scriptures say about God is a great way of checking our personal experience, of validating the genuineness of our faith.

If you then add to that a right understanding of, and connection with, His creation you have a threefold strand which cannot easily be broken (Eccles. 4:12).  The ultimate and best expression of God’s creation is in mankind.  In particular the bonds and modes of behaviour that we call good and which to some extent are in all mankind, communicate to us what God is like.  For example the right relationship of a parent with a child and husband with wife and vice versa help us to understand what God is like and how He loves us.

The ultimate right connection for any believer with God’s creation is to be part of a community with others who know Him in the Spirit and where His Word is preached by godly men and women, i.e. His Church.  In the Church is combined the best of God’s creation, godly exposition and presentation of the Scriptures and the image of Christ who is its Head and of whom the Church is His Body.  Local expressions on this earth of His Church can be quite a mixture of the earthly and the divine and don’t always live up to this exalted view of the Church.  But, hey, what do you expect on this earth.  In Heaven She will be revealed in a different light.

Poor Communication

Duval & Hays have this very helpful thing to say about the importance of communication when reading the Scripture:

“The issue of communication … lies at the heart of one’s decision about how to interpret a text. If you, the reader, see the text as a communication between the author and yourself, then you should search for the meaning that the author intended. If, however, you as the reader do not care to communicate with the author, then you are free to follow reader response and interpret the text without asking what the author meant. In some cases, however, there may be negative consequences for such a reading.”