1. Glory To God The Creator
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11
I started reading in the book of Genesis, as I often do at the beginning of the New Year, and this time I started thinking about the things God did during creation. I thought of the familiar verses in the first chapter which tell us "God created...", "God said...", and "God saw...". I was thinking back to my grammar school days in terms of subject/verb. With God as the subject, I went back to the first of Genesis and began making a list of each God/verb combination I found. I was amazed at all the references I found in the first three chapters of the Bible. These are the thoughts which God used to lead me to our next series, "What God Did During Creation". I chose this verse from Revelation 4:11 to show that, just as the Word begins, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" the message carries through to the end, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Let's look at some of the things God did during creation and see how they can be real in our hearts and lives today.
2. God Created
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
When my first son, Matthew, was three years old he looked at the trees in the yard one night and asked, "How is God's arm so big He can reach way down to make a tree?" We taught him to memorize Bible verses and this question showed me that he was thinking about the verses he learned. Even as adults many struggle with the "how" of creation and turn to other theories. My Bible begins, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" and if I did not accept it just as God said it, then why would I believe anything else written in God's Word? I also believe that this verse is all inclusive. Paul explained this to the early church in Colossians 1:12-17.
"12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
God created all things! It is easier for me to believe that, than it would be for me to believe that I evolved by chance. Since I believe that God created all things, and that includes me, then I believe that He put me here for a purpose, and that is something worth living for.
3. The Spirit Of God Moved
"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." Genesis 1:2
As we continue with God's creation we are introduced to the Spirit of God. Job said, "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." (Job 33:4) (We may look at this in more detail when we come to Genesis 2:7, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Mankind is not just another animal. This is a major difference in the belief of creation verses the theory of evolution.) The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, in the void and darkness. This verse reminds me of my life without Christ, meaningless, dark, and void. Until one day, when I was around 8 years old, the Lord spoke to my heart, and when I asked the Lord to save me He moved into my heart and gave peace to my soul. Now I am a child of God, as Paul says in Romans 8:14. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." I am thankful for the day the Spirit of God moved into my life!
4. God Said, "Let There Be Light"
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Genesis 1:3
Today we come to the Word of God, "God said..." To better understand how this very first day of creation can apply to our lives let's turn to the New Testament, the book of John. The Apostle John referred to himself as "the one whom Jesus loved" and even though Jesus had earthly brothers, Christ left the care of His mother to John as part of His last Words on the cross. We can find great insight from this close friend in John 1:1-5, 9-10 & 14.
"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not...
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not...
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
God spoke and brought light to a world of darkness. The fall of Adam brought sin to God's creation and once again the world experienced darkness. God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bring Light to a lost world. "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" .(John 8:12) In these first three verses of the Bible we have seen God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son.
5. God Saw That It Was Good
"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." Genesis 1:4
God is good! He spoke light into a world of darkness. At the end of each day of creation we read that God saw that it was good. When we come to the sixth day we read, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31) All was good, in fact it was very good. Then we come to Genesis 2:18 "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, and God made a woman. God gave us each other, family and friends. He gave us preachers and teachers, and Christian brothers and sisters. And most of all, God gave us His dear precious Son. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32) God is good!
6. God Divided The Light From The Darkness
"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." Genesis 1:4
Preacher S. Williams stood before his young audience with a closed box. He told them that he went to the darkest place he could find, under his grandma's stairs and filled the box with darkness. He held the box up and faced it toward them so they could see how dark it was in the box. He opened the box and the light filled the box, casting out the darkness. Light always overcomes the darkness. We have this truth because "God divided the light from the darkness." We don't have to live in the darkness of sin. Jesus said, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." (John 12:46) We close with the writings of the Apostle John.
"5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:5-9)
7. God Called The Light Day And The Darkness Night
" And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5
As the first day of creation comes to a close, we have day and night. Have you ever thought about the fact that there was day and night before the sun, moon, and stars were created? They were not created until the fourth day. God did not need them for light, for He is the Light. Since the dawn of creation there has been day and night and God promised that as long as the earth remains there will always be day and night. "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22-23) Sometimes we have trouble in the darkness of night, just as the Psalmist said in Psalms 30:5, "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." When the Lord calls us home to spend eternity with Him in His new Jerusalem all our troubles will be over, and there will be no more night.
"22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:22-27)
8. God Made Heaven
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." Genesis 1:6-7
On the second day God made the firmament and called it heaven. God continued to create all things for six days. "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31) The world was good, in fact "very good" and God had provided everything that mankind would need to live on this earth. When I think of all the beauty that God created in just six days, I can't help but wonder how glorious everything will be in the new heaven and new earth. Before Jesus left this world He spoke these comforting words to His disciples. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 1:1-3) The Lord has prepared a place called heaven, and one day He is coming back to call His children home.
9. God Set Them In The Heaven
"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. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:16-18
As we continue with our theme, "What God Did During Creation" let's look at what we have seen thus far. God created, God moved, God said, God saw, God divided, God called, and God made. Today we see that God made the sun, the moon, and the stars and set them all in place. Have you ever looked up at the night sky and noticed how the stars seem to reach from one end of the sky to the other and go out into infinity? Yet, all the stars are set in place so that man can guide his way by the setting of the stars. These verses remind me of one of my favorite Psalms.
"1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens...
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" (Psalms 8:1, 3-4)
Job 38:7 tells of creation when "the morning stars sang together" and Psalms 147:4 says, "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names." What an awesome God we serve!
10. God Blessed Them
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth." Genesis 1:20-22
The world was ready. The sun, moon, and stars shone down from the immense heavens. The plants were growing in the fertile soil. It was time for living, moving creatures and God began at the seas. The beach has always been a very special place for me. I could sit on the shore for hours just watching the birds and gulls, and looking out at the vast ocean. I enjoy going to aquariums to see the great variety of fish and sea life living in the deep water. I once saw a video that some deep sea divers took of dolphins making circles of bubbles with their heads and then swimming through the circles, just for the fun of it. God created a beautiful world in the sea and sky and then he blessed it. I never noticed this before... God blessed the sea life and birds of the sky. Jesus told His disciples, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?" (Matthew 6:25-26) Also in Luke 12:6-7 Jesus said, " Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows." My praise today is that if God blessed the fish of the sea, and cares for the birds in the sky, how much more does he care for you and me?
11. God Formed Man And Breathed The Breath Of Life
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7
Like clay in the potter's hand, God formed man of the dust of the ground.
"1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand,..." (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
Formed by the Creator of the universe, and living by the breath of God, I want to be used for His honor and glory.
12. God Planted A Garden
"And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:8-9
I am ready for spring. This winter has been colder, wetter, and seemed longer than any I can remember. The robins have come back, so maybe the warm weather will soon follow. Springtime reminds me of gardens. Planting our garden was always a big undertaking when I was growing up. My Dad plowed rows and rows, and then we planted rows and rows. It was fun to watch the tiny stems sprout out of the ground, but it was hard to hoe those rows and rows. Can you imagine walking through the garden of Eden? Imagine the beauty. I believe the plants grew bigger, and brighter in color in the fertile ground. The air must have smelled sweet with the fragrance of the blossoms and ripe fruit. The tall trees would have been shade from the sun. It had not rained, so there were no thunderstorms or cloudy days. Everything was perfect in the Garden of Eden. What a thrill it would have been to walk and talk with the Lord in the beautiful garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8)
13. God Took The Man And Put Him In The Garden
"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Genesis 2:15
God created the earth and made the plants to grow, and then God put Adam in the garden. I once heard someone say that Adam did not have to work before the curse. Here we see that Adam was put into the garden "to dress and to keep it." He was to take care of the garden. I believe God gave him the knowledge and understanding he needed, and the body and strength to work with his hands. God fed the Children of Israel manna but they had to go out each morning before the sun grew hot to gather it. Paul told the early Christians, "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." (II Thessalonians 3:10) Today we have markets and stores where we can buy food and necessities, but we should all work as we are able, to take care of ourselves and our families.
14. God Commanded
"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:16-17
How would it be to only know good? Before Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he only knew good. Everything God had created was good. He walked and talked with God in his garden paradise. His thoughts were good and his words were always pleasant and kind. Life was good! God gave Adam only one command. He had every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable and it was all available for him to eat, except for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In the day that he ate it his spiritual communion with God would die and he would know evil, guilt and shame. I wonder how long he lived the good life in the garden before he chose to know evil.
15. God Caused A Deep Sleep On Adam And Made Woman
"21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:21-24
What if you were offered a beautiful island where all your needs would be provided and you could live there freely, but you would be the only person living there. Would you go? Adam was in a garden paradise but he was alone and God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:18) God brought all the animals before Adam and he named them "but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:20) God performed the first surgery as He took a rib from Adam to make Eve. A man and his wife become one in the sight of God. Jesus confirmed this in His words to the Pharisees in Matthew 19:4-6. "And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
16. God Ended His Work And Rested
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Genesis 2:1-3
God created the heaven and earth in six days and on the seventh day He rested. I don't think He was tired, He does not have a physical body that gets tired like we do. So, why did God set aside the day of rest? The Lord Jesus gives us the answer in Mark 2:27. "And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:" God has given us a day of rest. When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week Sunday became our day of rest. Our Lord wants to give us rest for our souls. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)
17. God Walked In The Garden
"6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" Genesis 3:6-9
God wants to fellowship with man. Amos 3:3 tells us, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Adam and Eve broke that fellowship and they tried to hide themselves from God. Job longed for a daysman to go between him and God. "Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both." (Job 9:33) God gave His Son to bridge the gap and restore fellowship. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" (I Timothy 2:5) "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (I John 1:7)
18. God Cursed The Ground
"And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:17-19
I have heard several explanations as to why Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He certainly did not do it out of ignorance, for we read in I Timothy 2:14, "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." I wonder if he took time to think about the consequences or if he just listened to Eve. I heard a sermon that made him out to be a hero, in that he did it just for Eve so that he would not be separated from her. Just because Adam went into sin with his eyes open, I don't think we should make him out to be a hero to Eve. Satan tempted them in making them think that God was keeping something good from them. The best explanation I have heard can be found in I John 2:16. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
1. The lust of the flesh... they wanted to eat it because they thought it would taste wonderful.
2. The lust of the eyes... they saw how beautiful it was and wanted it.
3. The pride of life... they thought it would make them wise, giving them the knowledge of good and evil.
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:4-6) Adam and Eve disobeyed God and He cursed the ground. They would be driven from the beautiful, plentiful garden of Eden and have to work hard for their food. It only took one bite to change the course of all humanity so that every person would be born into a sin-cursed world. It took God's own Son to redeem the world. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (I Corinthians 15:22)
19. God Sacrificed An Animal To Clothe Them
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Genesis 3:21
Sin entered the world and a sacrifice had to be made. God sacrificed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve. Thousands of years later God gave His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as our sacrifice, once and for all.
"24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:24-28)
"8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation 5:8-13)
20. God Sent Them From The Garden
"And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." Genesis 3:22-23
Adam and Eve were sent out of their beautiful garden paradise. They lost their never-ending supply of all the good fruits and vegetables they had in the garden. They lost the security and protection they felt in their garden home. But, most of all, they lost their fellowship with God. I believe they left their garden home with extreme sorrow and sadness, that was only exceeded by their great fear of the unknown.
21. God Placed Cherubims To Keep The Way Of Tree Of Life
"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Genesis 3:24
The pictures that people paint of cherubs and the sculptures we see show these cute, little, chubby angelic looking babies. The Bible paints a whole different portrait of Cherubims. The Cherubims were positioned at the east of the garden of Eden, with a rotating flaming sword, to protect the entrance of the garden. These powerful angelic beings were to protect the tree of life. If Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree of life, I suppose that mankind would have lived forever in a sinful state. We are saddened by the death of our loved ones, but how much worse would it be to live eternally in a sinful body of flesh. If you would like to know more about the power that God has given to the angels read the book of Revelation.
22. God So Loved
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
We have come to our last entry in "Things God Did During Creation". A few of the things we have seen in this series of devotions include, God Created, God Said, God Saw, God Blessed, God Planted, and God Commanded. We complete our theme with the most important thing God ever did for mankind, God So Loved! God so loved us so much that He gave His Son to die, so that we might live. In Genesis 3:14 and 15 we see the first reference and prophecy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." God made everything perfect but man was not able to keep God's command and sin separated God and man. But God made a way to redeem man. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Have you accepted God's gift of salvation and found peace with God? "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:9, 10, & 13)