Earthen Vessels

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature…So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.”- Genesis 2:7,21

How marvelous it must have been for the Israelites to hear the story of Creation recounted for them by Moses as they wandered in the wilderness. It should have strengthened their hope and sustained their faith in the God who was leading them.

In the first chapter of Genesis, Moses gives a grand vision of the creation week. God spoke and it was and it was good. But when we get to chapter 2, he gives us a little more insight on how this was accomplished. For example, we learn that it was from the dust of the earth that God formed the living creatures. So on the sixth day as He came to the creation of His crowning jewel, the man and woman made in His image, He did not simply speak. He stooped down and formed. When God made Adam He used the dirt previously created. He “got His hands dirty” so to speak. When the Lord God formed the woman, He did so from the rib of Adam’s side. He “got His hands bloody” so to speak.

It would not be the last time such things would happen. The One who created would one day take on flesh to redeem that creation. The hands that fashioned the man from the dust would stoop again into the dust. Once to write on the ground while a guilty woman stood trembling before Him receiving a forgiveness she never expected nor deserved. Once to make mud from earth and spittle to give a blind man his sight again. Forgiveness for the guilty, sight for the blind- this is what the Lord brought down to earth.

But redemption would only come through the shedding of blood. The hands of our Lord would also have to become bloody again. Now the Son didn’t merely stoop to create; He took on flesh to redeem. He now was both fully God and fully man. He had blood coursing through His veins. The hands that gave us life would be pierced and bloodied as the sin which brought us death was placed upon Him by His Father. Those hands accepted the cup of wrath that life might be ours once more.

The God Whom we serve is a God who speaks and acts, who wills and provides, who transcends and descends, who wounds and heals, who creates and recreates. The galaxies were created by a mere word spoken. We, His sons and daughters, got His touch.

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