After the first verse of Genesis 1, the Spirit disappears. He hovered over the face of the waters and then vanished. Or did he? In the last post, I argued that even though the Bible doesn’t specifically mention the Spirit in the rest of Genesis 1-2, he’s there. And missing the Spirit in those chapters means…Continue reading Deflatable People: 3 Traces of the Holy Spirit in the Fall
Our older daughter, Leah, used to love creating huge Lego villages on our family room floor. She’d build houses, barns, stores, and roads, and populate the villages with little Lego people. She’d work hard to make sure that everything was just the way she wanted. Each little Lego person had to be standing in just…Continue reading How Do We Understand God’s Wrath Against Sin?
You may surely eat of tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. (Genesis 2:16-17) One little command. How hard could that possibly be? Look, here’s a beautiful garden full of…Continue reading God Set Us Up! Why Give a Command He Knew They Would Reject?
A while back, I asked my daughter about the Garden of Eden. She’s only 10, but she’s heard that story many times. And I wanted to see what she’d understood from the story. She got the “sin” and “consequences” part just fine. But when I pressed a bit further, things didn’t exactly go as expected.