In Genesis 1, God changes the world that was originally "formless and empty" into one that has boundaries and is bulging with life. By observing carefully the order and manner in which God completes his creation, we can learn much about how to order our own life and how to help others do the same.
Answered Prayer but Still Unfulfilled
I’ve recently been pondering the story of King Hezekiah’s deathly sickness as recorded in Isaiah 38. Scholars tell us that he was 39 years old when Isaiah the prophet came to him with this somber message (verse 1, English Standard Version, hereafter, ESV):
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.’”
What happens next is probably what any believer would do upon receiving such news. Hezekiah immediately prays to the Lord, and this is what he says (verse 3):
“Please, O Lord, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
God sees Hezekiah’s response and is deeply moved by it. So he sends Isaiah back to the King of Judah with these words (verses 5–8):
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The first thing we learn about God from the pages of Scripture is that he created. In fact, that verb is the second word in the Hebrew Bible. In this episode we will ponder why our all-sufficient and utterly contented Triune God would even want to create. And if we can glean anything from that, what implications might it have for us as we seek to imitate him?
Welcome to a new GBCM podcast called 7m Ponderings where we will explore a particular book of the Bible for exegetical insights that can assist the biblical counselor in his or her counseling, whether formal or informal. Although the first book we will begin exploring in this way is the book of Genesis, we nevertheless plan to launch several other 7m Ponderings from other books of the Bible in due time. So welcome to 7m Ponderings: Counseling through Genesis.