Posted by: Pauline | August 17, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday August 24

Genesis 1

Scholars studying the creation myths of various cultures, particularly in the part of the world where the Bible was written, point out a number of parallels between those myths and the account of creation in Genesis 1. There are in fact several similarities, but there are also striking differences.

In other creation stories, there is a struggle between a god or gods and opposing forces. In Genesis, God is sovereign and His command is all that it takes for His will to be done. In other creation stories, gods themselves are created, and act a great deal like humans with all their faults. In Genesis, God simply exists, and He is good, and all that He does and makes is good – including humans, prior to their disobedience in Genesis 3.

Acts 17:22-31

The Greek philosophers who invited Paul to speak liked hearing and discussing ideas, and they especially liked hearing anything new and different. Their culture offered a wide variety of man-made gods to worship and philosophical teachings to choose among.

Paul took advantage of that openness to preach the Gospel — and to tell his listeners that there is really only one God, who created everything, and one way to God, through Jesus Christ.Their willingness to listen was good — but fruitless unless it led to repentance and faith in the one true God.

Psalm 89:11-15

When Scripture tells us that God is the Creator of all things, it is not just to provide information about our origins. It is to remind us that all things belong to God, to show us His great power, and to lead us to respond in trust and in joy.

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