June 26, 2017

Yesterday I asked the question, “Why did God create humanity?” At that time I stated, “From my perspective, God’s why in relation to humanity is all about relationships and in a more specific sense, family relationships.” When you begin to truly investigate God’s why, you find it was expressed even before the creation of the world.

Ephesians 1:4-6, the Apostle Paul tells us it was God’s plan from before the creation of the world that we should be holy and blameless in his sight. He also declared because of His love He planned that we would have the opportunity to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

There are those who argue there was no real personal relationship established between Adam and Eve and God prior to their rebellion and disobedience in the Garden of Eden. The say this period of time was an initial test about the keeping or breaking of the rules and laws of God and Adam and Eve failed the test.

Randy Alcorn, the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, says this about Genesis 3:18, “There’s no definitive proof that God walked in the Garden of Eden on a regular basis with Adam and Eve, but the passage’s implication seems clear to me. I think it would be odd for God to first come walking in the garden with Adam and Eve only after they had sinned. God walking with people normally suggests closeness and intimacy and fellowship. The natural connotation, to me, is that God often did this, perhaps daily ‘in the cool of the day,’ but what was remarkable this time was that man was afraid, because he had sinned.”

Let me say right up front, your beliefs about God determine what you perceive about Him, your connection to Him and your understanding of the Scriptures. Do you perceive God as a Law Enforcer or a Relationship Restorer?

We do know when God confronted Adam and Eve about their choice of disobedience (Genesis 3:15) His response was not just to kick them out of the Garden of Eden (judgment as a Law Enforcer), but to also speak the words of the promise of reconciliation through “His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might be adopted as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5) (Relationship Restorer).

The question to be answered is, what was God’s heart and passion in that moment? Was it judgment or relationship? This is a question you should be asking over and over again as you read through God’s Word taking notice of what your response is

I have written a small booklet, which currently is in the editing process and soon to be published in which I demonstrate the core position of The Ten Commandments is all about relationships, and not legalistic rules and demanding regulations. Feel free to email me requesting your free digital copy of my “The Ten Commandments” booklet at mail@bobmclellan.com and I will email it to you when it has been published. This is a limited time offer and your request for the free copy must be received on or before July 4, 2017. Tomorrow I will share with you a story which illustrates this principle for your consideration as you look at God’s why for creating humanity.

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