The Beginning. . .The End
“In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 HCSB)
“For indeed, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says the LORD of Hosts, “not leaving them root or branches.” (Malachi 4:1 HCSB)
Musing. Meditating upon the Word. It begins with a “What if” or “I wonder.” Occasionally, while reading a passage in the Bible or a novel, it starts with “Hummmmm.”
The other day one of my kids said something about reading something at the end of the book she was reading, then went back to reading. Now I don’t flip forward to see what the end of a novel holds, though it’s occasionally tempting so look ahead to the outcome of a particular character. To me looking ahead just spoils the novel. It’s the same with movies. Whether a book or a movie, I like to delve into them, to live them, from the beginning to the end, one page, one frame, at time. Then I noticed the Bible on the table in front of where we sat, and started musing.
Suppose I didn’t know what was in that Bible? Unlike most novels, the Bible doesn’t have a back cover that gives an overview of the contents that is designed to wet my appetite to read it. Maybe if it were a movie, I’d see the trailer. But I’d still not glimpse the end—the final act. Perhaps I’d look at the opening page, or pages. I’d read the first line, “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the Earth.” I might scan forward and read that “God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28 HCSB) I suppose I’d smile and think about the reaction of that might get from feminists. Man really includes both a man and a woman as one unit: Mankind or Humankind. Then I’d think, “Wow! Great read. The creation and life of Man with a mission: being fruitful, multiplying, filling the Earth, and subduing it: Ruling the Earth.” Exciting!
Considering this beginning, I’d plow on to the end of the book, just for a peek. But I’d select the end of what most Christians call the Old Testament. I can’t really explain the motivation. It would just happen that way. And what I’d find: “’For indeed, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,’” says the LORD of Hosts, ‘not leaving them root or branches.’” (Malachi 4:1 HCSB)
In connecting the beginning with this end, I’d continue musing. The start of Man contains such hope, such positive feeling. The end of the book tells me things went seriously wrong. Man didn’t properly fulfill the mandate given by this Creator mentioned in the beginning.
As I write this, it occurs to me that rather than spoiling the book by reading the ending, it really makes me want to know just exactly what happened. “Why did things go so terribly wrong that this Creator has decided many would have to be destroyed?” It makes me sad. Seriously! It’s a tragedy. And it’s not a novel. This Bible is the history of Man, both male and female. It’s the past, the present, and the future of Man. If I stopped there I’d be devastated.
I’d turn now to what Messianic Jewish call the Renewed Covenant. Christians call it the New Testiment. It begins simply, stating that this is: “The scroll of the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, the son of Daveed, the son of Avraham.”(Matthew 1:1 MRC) It concludes with “He who testifies to these things, says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amein. Come, Lord Yeshua! The grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all. Amein.” (Revelation 22:20-21 MRC)
I’d muse then about this portion. I’d take a look at it from a vantage point of it being a commentary on the Bible, or a revelation of things obscured. I’d wonder if it summarizes the hope that is contained within the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, which seemed so sad, so much like a failure. It occurs to me that this Renewed Covenant becomes an explicit explanation of the person responsible for that hope, the One Who provides, Who Is, the solution to the problem of the sad ending as found in Malachi.
My musing provides me with this: In the beginning G-d created Man with great joy and hope. Along the way things got totally messed up, which G-d knew would happen. G-d provided a solution the failures of Man. The hope and joy that were with the creation, remain with the created, in the form of Y?shua.
“Come, Lord Yeshua! The grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all. Amein.” (Revelation 22:20-21 MRC)
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .