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Genesis 1: A God of True Power

What does ultimate power look like? That's a tough question. If you had ultimate power, what would you do with it?  For most of us, I imagine, the only purpose we could think of putting it to is bending the universe to our own desire. To be a tyrant.

That's because our desires are shaped by a nature that is inherently incomplete. We experience need, and want, and constantly strive to use what power we have to meet these ends. It is only natural that we would imagine using even greater power the same way. What else could such miserable creatures think to do with it?

This is also what you find in the gods of the nations surrounding the ancient Israelites, the god's of the Egyptians and the Babylonians. Their gods are said to have created human beings to be slaves, to serve them, to feed them. They were terrible and demanding, projections of human imperfection written to monstrous proportions.

The God of Genesis 1 is different. He doesn't need anything from us. He is self-sufficient. He didn't create human beings to be His slaves, but his representative. The answer then, to the question "what does ultimate power look like?" is this. It looks like service. Consistent with how Jesus revealed Him to us in the New Testament. The act of the most powerful being in the universe is not to be served, but to serve (Matt 20:28).

Genesis 1 tells us about a God who is so powerful he can speak the universe into existence. With this power he creates matter, builds a world, fills it with creatures, then gives it the whole thing to human beings as a gift. So what can you give to the God who has everything?  Thanks.


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