O.T. 7. "Dry Spiritually"
March 21, 2013
Genesis 1-Part 7
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Genesis 1:9 KJV
LET IT GLOW
Last summer was a record setting one. It was the driest and hotest in several years in my area. We prayed and prayed for rain and cooler temperatures. The ground around our sunflowers was hard and dry, even though I watered them daily. They only grew to be about 3 feet tall. The sun was too hot on them. It was a season that I shall remember. I recall some dry times in my life, spiritually speaking. It was when I turned to Jesus, the fountain of living water, that I revived. How about you? Have you ever been dry spiritually?
Here we are on the third day of creation. If you read verses 9-13, you will notice that God made several things on this day. In fact, He did it in two different sessions.
*dry land called Earth, dry (hayabashah in Hebrew) is the common term used to describe solid
ground; Earth ('erets in Hebrew) may refer to that which is lower; in opposition to the firmament
*the Seas, (yamim in Hebrew) is used in a very broad sense to include every body of water, even
lakes and rivers.
The dry land was caused by a tremendous, cataclysmic upheaval of the earth's surface, and the rising and sinking of the land, which caused the waters to plunge into the low places, forming the seas, the continents and islands, the rivers and lakes. (MacArthur)
It was in the cave, tomb, where Jesus was buried for three days. But it did not have the power to keep Him there. The stone was rolled away and He arose from the dead on the third day. What is the significance? Both occurred on the third day. Though Jesus created the stones, He still had power over them. They submitted to Him. Do we?
The waters of the earth show the amazing intelligence and power of God. The waters are all interconnected and intertwined. They provide the water that the plant life and human life need.
Are our souls dry and thirsty for the Living Water, Jesus?
LET IT GROW
I had to laugh as I typed the heading, "let it grow", because that is what God did after the second session of the third day of creation-He made the plants and then let the plants grow.
*trees; all of which came from the earth, so evolution is shot down. The plants produce their own
This is the basis of the principle of reproduction that marks all life. God made the vegetation not only capable of reproduction, but also ready for it. He created fully mature vegetation with seed already in it, ready to be dispersed. God set in motion a providential process whereby the vegetable kingdom could reproduce through seeds which would maintain each one's unique characteristics. (MacArthur)
Do I see God's hand in the things of creation, nature? I enjoy seeing the evergreen trees and winter wheat during the winter time. Also, who doesn't enjoy all the spring flowers and tree blossoms that pop up while it is still cool and after a long, dark winter?
Are we growing spiritually and producing fruit as the plants and trees produce physically?
Galatians 5:22-23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
LET IT GO
Don't dwell in a dry land spiritually, but live by the sea of living water, Jesus and His Word.
Produce spiritual fruit.